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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Jamaica 2021

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
129,000 JMD
( 1,550,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Jamaica typically earns around 129,000 JMD per month. Salaries range from 46,600 JMD (lowest average) to 215,000 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 Science and Technical Services 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
3D Lab Technologist91,600 JMD
Algorithm Developer124,000 JMD
Analytical Chemist182,000 JMD
Anthropologist137,000 JMD
Archeologist124,000 JMD
Assistant Breeder66,300 JMD
Astronomer220,000 JMD
Atmospheric and Space Scientist183,000 JMD
Behavior Analyst124,000 JMD
Behavior Intervention Specialist138,000 JMD
Biochemist207,000 JMD
Biofuels Processing Technician86,000 JMD
Biofuels Production Manager153,000 JMD
Biologist213,000 JMD
Biomedical Scientist205,000 JMD
Biophysicist208,000 JMD
Chemical Engineer101,000 JMD
Chemical Technologist94,300 JMD
Chemist201,000 JMD
Chief Technologist189,000 JMD
Climate Change Analyst141,000 JMD
Clinical Laboratory Scientist212,000 JMD
Computer Scientist168,000 JMD
Conservation Scientist163,000 JMD
Data Scientist154,000 JMD
DNA Analyst218,000 JMD
Ecologist163,000 JMD
Economic Development Specialist166,000 JMD
Flavourist66,500 JMD
Food Scientist130,000 JMD
Forensic Scientist178,000 JMD
Formulation Technologist84,000 JMD
Fraud Investigator96,400 JMD
Genomics Scientist215,000 JMD
Geographer117,000 JMD
Geographic Information Systems Technician75,500 JMD
Geological Data Technician68,400 JMD
Geological Technician89,900 JMD
Geologist178,000 JMD
Geomatics Scientist168,000 JMD
Geophysical Data Technician65,600 JMD
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist154,000 JMD
Hydrologist139,000 JMD
Industrial Ecologist138,000 JMD
Intelligence Analyst124,000 JMD
Knowledge Management Specialist106,000 JMD
Laboratory Manager148,000 JMD
Laboratory Researcher100,000 JMD
Laboratory Technician63,400 JMD
Life Sciences Analyst140,000 JMD
Life Scientist169,000 JMD
Marine Architect131,000 JMD
Marine Biologist156,000 JMD
Marine Superintendent91,500 JMD
Materials Analyst91,400 JMD
Materials Scientist163,000 JMD
Mathematician173,000 JMD
Medical Scientist209,000 JMD
Metallurgist144,000 JMD
Meteorologist145,000 JMD
Microbiologist214,000 JMD
Natural Language Processing Researcher137,000 JMD
Natural Resource Specialist125,000 JMD
Natural Sciences Manager192,000 JMD
Nuclear Engineer220,000 JMD
Physical Scientist169,000 JMD
Physicist203,000 JMD
Political Scientist164,000 JMD
Polygraph Examiner58,100 JMD
Polysomnographic Technologist100,000 JMD
Product Development Scientist179,000 JMD
Quantitative Research Analyst137,000 JMD
Quantitative Researcher138,000 JMD
Radiation Protection Specialist112,000 JMD
Refrigeration Technician49,400 JMD
Research Scientist155,000 JMD
Risk Safety Engineer95,100 JMD
Scientific Photographer92,900 JMD
Scientific Programmer133,000 JMD
Scientist157,000 JMD
Service Engineer97,500 JMD
Service Technician61,900 JMD
Social Science Research Assistant86,400 JMD
Social Scientist161,000 JMD
Sociologist156,000 JMD
Soil Scientist132,000 JMD
Statistical Analyst88,200 JMD
Statistical Assistant64,800 JMD
Statistician144,000 JMD
Survey Analyst89,600 JMD
Survey Researcher83,900 JMD
Surveying and Mapping Technician57,500 JMD
Team Leader126,000 JMD
Technical Manager150,000 JMD
Technical Officer61,300 JMD
Technical Service Director185,000 JMD
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist98,100 JMD
Technical Services Research and Development Manager221,000 JMD
Technical Services Research Coordinator110,000 JMD
Technician59,900 JMD
Water Ecologist179,000 JMD
Wildlife Biologist151,000 JMD

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Science and Technical Services
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Science and Technical Services salaries in Jamaica range from 46,600 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 215,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 119,000 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 119,000 JMD while the other half are earning more than 119,000 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 Science and Technical Services are earning less than 74,400 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 74,400 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 154,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 154,000 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?

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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.

Science and Technical Services Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Science and Technical Services
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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 Science and Technical Services earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

132,000 JMD
125,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

How much are annual salary increments in Jamaica for Science and Technical Services professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services professionals in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 26 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Jamaica Science and Technical Services
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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

Information Technology

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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Science and Technical Services Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Science and Technical Services
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Science and Technical Services 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 Science and Technical Services 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.

Science and Technical Services Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

740 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 740 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 740 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.

Science and Technical Services VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Science and Technical Services and Science and Technical Services monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Science and Technical Services is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston142,000 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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