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Engineering Average Salaries in Jamaica 2021

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
81,300 JMD
( 976,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Jamaica typically earns around 81,300 JMD per month. Salaries range from 25,800 JMD (lowest average) to 172,000 JMD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer85,100 JMD
Assembly Engineering Technician66,100 JMD
Assistant Chief Engineer96,400 JMD
Associate Engineer76,000 JMD
Autocad Operator53,700 JMD
Automation Engineer96,000 JMD
Avionic System Support Engineer87,900 JMD
Biochemical Engineer85,500 JMD
BMS Engineer81,200 JMD
Bridge and Lock Tender49,800 JMD
Broadcast Engineer88,200 JMD
CAD Design Engineer92,400 JMD
CAD Designer56,400 JMD
CAE Engineer90,500 JMD
Ceramics Engineer79,400 JMD
Civil Engineer90,200 JMD
Commissioning Engineer86,900 JMD
Communications Engineer97,900 JMD
Condition Monitoring Engineer74,500 JMD
Contract Associate Engineer87,000 JMD
Control Systems Engineer87,200 JMD
Controls Engineer83,000 JMD
Controls Software Engineer78,600 JMD
Corrosion Engineer78,400 JMD
Design Engineer90,000 JMD
Drafter53,800 JMD
Drafting Manager99,600 JMD
Drilling Engineer86,100 JMD
Electrical Draughtsman44,600 JMD
Electrical Engineer97,900 JMD
Electrical Engineering Manager129,000 JMD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist96,200 JMD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler47,200 JMD
Energy Engineer90,400 JMD
Engine Assembler39,500 JMD
Engineer95,300 JMD
Engineering Account Manager97,400 JMD
Engineering Chief Designer104,000 JMD
Engineering Consultant121,000 JMD
Engineering Key Account Manager132,000 JMD
Engineering Lab Technician80,800 JMD
Engineering Planning Manager126,000 JMD
Engineering Production Manager159,000 JMD
Engineering Project Analyst101,000 JMD
Engineering Project Coordinator 103,000 JMD
Engineering Project Director181,000 JMD
Engineering Project Manager119,000 JMD
Engineering Research and Development Manager142,000 JMD
Engineering Safety Coordinator71,600 JMD
Engineering Sales Manager122,000 JMD
Engineering Technician66,100 JMD
Engineering Technologist70,500 JMD
Environmental Engineer88,900 JMD
Equipment Engineer83,300 JMD
Equipment Engineering Manager121,000 JMD
Estimator75,700 JMD
Fabrication Specialist61,200 JMD
Fabricator39,600 JMD
Facade Engineer82,500 JMD
Fiber Analyst53,200 JMD
Field Engineer95,900 JMD
Field Engineering Manager157,000 JMD
Fire Engineer92,800 JMD
Fitter and Turner29,800 JMD
Forestry Strategic Planner98,700 JMD
Generation Engineer92,300 JMD
Genetic Engineer99,100 JMD
Geological Engineer88,400 JMD
Geotechnical Engineer90,000 JMD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,500 JMD
Highway Engineer84,800 JMD
HSE Professional83,200 JMD
HVAC Engineer91,100 JMD
HVAC Supervisor78,400 JMD
Industrial Engineer82,900 JMD
Industrial Engineering Technologist82,100 JMD
Instrument Engineer83,400 JMD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer87,800 JMD
Instrumentation Engineer90,000 JMD
Instrumentation Manager88,800 JMD
Irrigation Engineer84,200 JMD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer93,500 JMD
Locomotive Engineer87,200 JMD
Maintenance Engineer81,800 JMD
Maintenance Fitter31,200 JMD
Maintenance Manager85,500 JMD
Manufacturing Engineer84,500 JMD
Marine Engineer88,700 JMD
Materials Engineer87,000 JMD
Materials Researcher84,300 JMD
Materials Technician67,100 JMD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer94,900 JMD
Mechanical Design Engineer90,700 JMD
Mechanical Designer73,900 JMD
Mechanical Engineer95,100 JMD
Mechanical Engineering Manager126,000 JMD
Mechanical Inspector87,900 JMD
Mechatronics Engineer97,700 JMD
Mining Engineer88,500 JMD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer99,100 JMD
Optical Engineer82,600 JMD
Optical Instrument Assembler43,400 JMD
PCB Assembler31,600 JMD
Photonics Engineer94,800 JMD
Photonics Technician77,800 JMD
Pipeline Engineer79,100 JMD
Piping Designer47,100 JMD
Piping Engineer80,000 JMD
Planning Engineer88,000 JMD
Pressure Vessel Inspector40,700 JMD
Principal Cost Engineer85,700 JMD
Principal Engineer85,500 JMD
Principal Support Engineer86,000 JMD
Process Engineer90,400 JMD
Process Operator50,900 JMD
Product Development Engineer95,600 JMD
Product Development Technician61,400 JMD
Product Engineer96,100 JMD
Product Safety Engineer85,300 JMD
Production Engineer86,600 JMD
Project Engineer98,300 JMD
Proposal Manager112,000 JMD
Purchasing Engineer80,900 JMD
Quality Assurance Engineer83,700 JMD
Rail Engineer85,700 JMD
Robotics Engineer99,700 JMD
Robotics Technician72,600 JMD
Safety Engineer85,500 JMD
Safety Inspector69,600 JMD
Safety Manager100,000 JMD
Safety Officer44,200 JMD
Sales Engineer93,400 JMD
Scheduling Engineer83,100 JMD
Service Engineer88,500 JMD
Solar Engineer91,200 JMD
Staff Engineer91,300 JMD
Static Equipment Engineer86,100 JMD
Stationary Engineer84,100 JMD
Stress Engineer84,500 JMD
Structural Analysis Engineer89,600 JMD
Structural Designer76,000 JMD
Structural Engineer90,100 JMD
Structural Technician59,400 JMD
Supply Chain Specialist87,900 JMD
Surveyor69,800 JMD
Technical Affairs Officer44,800 JMD
Technical Assistant45,600 JMD
Technical Engineer78,600 JMD
Technical Support Engineer74,500 JMD
Tender Engineer76,200 JMD
Test Development Engineer88,600 JMD
Transportation Engineer81,600 JMD
Validation Engineer82,200 JMD
Verification Engineer87,900 JMD
Wastewater Engineer86,000 JMD
Wind Energy Engineer92,700 JMD
Wind Energy Operations Manager122,000 JMD
Work Planner63,700 JMD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Jamaica range from 25,800 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 172,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 74,800 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 74,800 JMD while the other half are earning more than 74,800 JMD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 45,300 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 45,300 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 114,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 114,000 JMD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.
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Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Jamaica costs anywhere from 482,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 1,450,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Engineering
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Jamaica who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

83,400 JMD
78,900 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

How much are annual salary increments in Jamaica for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Jamaica Engineering
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Jamaica / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Jamaica is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Jamaica for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

69% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

470 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 470 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 470 JMD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston89,600 JMD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Jamaica earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
93,500 JMD
Public Sector+10%
103,000 JMD
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