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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Jamaica 2021

How much money does a person working in Teaching / Education make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
102,000 JMD
( 1,230,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Jamaica typically earns around 102,000 JMD per month. Salaries range from 49,000 JMD (lowest average) to 186,000 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 Teaching / Education 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
Academic Advisor106,000 JMD
Academic Coach104,000 JMD
Academic Manager123,000 JMD
Academic Specialist93,100 JMD
Academic Staff81,000 JMD
Accompanist87,000 JMD
Achievement Coach107,000 JMD
Admissions Specialist92,100 JMD
Agricultural Sciences Teacher78,200 JMD
Anthropology Teacher84,200 JMD
Arabic Language Teacher76,700 JMD
Archeology Teacher87,500 JMD
Architecture Teacher95,600 JMD
Archivist71,100 JMD
Art Teacher78,100 JMD
Assistant School Principal111,000 JMD
Assistant Teacher73,100 JMD
Biochemistry Professor 154,000 JMD
Biology Teacher87,200 JMD
Bursary Scheme Manager102,000 JMD
Business Teacher87,300 JMD
Chemistry Teacher83,900 JMD
Child Care Coordinator86,900 JMD
Child Care Worker70,500 JMD
Clinical School Psychologist126,000 JMD
College Aide101,000 JMD
College and Career Readiness Specialist107,000 JMD
College President185,000 JMD
Communications Teacher83,500 JMD
Community Education Officer73,100 JMD
Computer Science Teacher82,900 JMD
Computer Teacher76,500 JMD
Creative Writing Trainer101,000 JMD
Credit Counselor100,000 JMD
Cultural Studies Teacher82,100 JMD
Curriculum Developer113,000 JMD
Curriculum Specialist109,000 JMD
Demonstrator78,000 JMD
Deputy Controller of Examinations98,800 JMD
Director of Learning Technology107,000 JMD
Distance Learning Coordinator92,100 JMD
Economics Lecturer149,000 JMD
Education Administrator97,100 JMD
Education Assistant Director110,000 JMD
Education Assistant Principal90,200 JMD
Education Assistant Professor118,000 JMD
Education Consultant122,000 JMD
Education Coordinator84,700 JMD
Education Counselor93,600 JMD
Education Director142,000 JMD
Education Program Specialist102,000 JMD
Education Researcher116,000 JMD
Education Resource Specialist88,900 JMD
Education Services Facilitator94,300 JMD
Educational Psychologist128,000 JMD
EFL Teacher82,600 JMD
eLearning Trainer74,000 JMD
Elementary School Teacher70,300 JMD
Engineering Lecturer133,000 JMD
Engineering Teacher117,000 JMD
English Teacher78,800 JMD
ESL Teacher80,900 JMD
Faculty Assistant104,000 JMD
Foreign Language Teacher76,500 JMD
GED Teacher76,800 JMD
Geography Teacher77,000 JMD
Head of Mathematics Department110,000 JMD
Head of School133,000 JMD
High School Teacher88,000 JMD
History Teacher82,800 JMD
Infant Teacher61,700 JMD
Instructional Assistant85,900 JMD
Instructor92,400 JMD
Kindergarten Teacher67,500 JMD
Language Instructor For Expatriate67,400 JMD
Law Teacher113,000 JMD
Learning Designer104,000 JMD
Lecturer143,000 JMD
Librarian67,400 JMD
Library Assistant53,900 JMD
Library Director96,300 JMD
Library Specialist70,900 JMD
Life Sciences Teacher81,400 JMD
Math Lecturer145,000 JMD
Mathematics Teacher96,400 JMD
Mentor96,000 JMD
Middle School Teacher87,000 JMD
Music Teacher75,000 JMD
Nursery Manager128,000 JMD
Nursery Worker53,500 JMD
Paraprofessional112,000 JMD
Physical Education Specialist89,800 JMD
Physical Education Teacher77,300 JMD
Physics Teacher 83,700 JMD
Political Science Teacher88,200 JMD
Post Doctoral Researcher128,000 JMD
Preschool Education Administrator90,200 JMD
Preschool Teacher69,700 JMD
Primary School Teacher72,500 JMD
Principal125,000 JMD
Product Specialist93,800 JMD
Professor - Accounting148,000 JMD
Professor - Architecture151,000 JMD
Professor - Biology147,000 JMD
Professor - Business Administration144,000 JMD
Professor - Chemical Engineering159,000 JMD
Professor - Chemistry157,000 JMD
Professor - Civil Engineering147,000 JMD
Professor - Communication146,000 JMD
Professor - Computer Science155,000 JMD
Professor - Dentistry163,000 JMD
Professor - Drama150,000 JMD
Professor - Economics148,000 JMD
Professor - Education146,000 JMD
Professor - Electrical Engineering153,000 JMD
Professor - English139,000 JMD
Professor - Environmental Engineering150,000 JMD
Professor - Foreign Languages140,000 JMD
Professor - Geological Sciences146,000 JMD
Professor - History148,000 JMD
Professor - Industrial Engineering147,000 JMD
Professor - Law161,000 JMD
Professor - Legal Support144,000 JMD
Professor - Liberal Arts151,000 JMD
Professor - Marketing144,000 JMD
Professor - Mathematics166,000 JMD
Professor - Mechanical Engineering164,000 JMD
Professor - Medical Administration166,000 JMD
Professor - Medicine188,000 JMD
Professor - Music144,000 JMD
Professor - Nursing135,000 JMD
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences143,000 JMD
Professor - Philosophy145,000 JMD
Professor - Physical Therapy153,000 JMD
Professor - Physics159,000 JMD
Professor - Psychology145,000 JMD
Professor - Rehabilitation136,000 JMD
Professor - Social Work134,000 JMD
Professor - Sociology148,000 JMD
Professor - Special Education151,000 JMD
Psychology Teacher122,000 JMD
Public Management Assistant Professor131,000 JMD
School Counselor118,000 JMD
Science Educator83,100 JMD
Science Laboratory Assistant71,700 JMD
Science Teacher80,600 JMD
Secondary Mathematics Teacher84,500 JMD
Secondary School Teacher81,900 JMD
Special Education Teacher87,300 JMD
Special Needs Assistant71,500 JMD
Statistics Lecturer138,000 JMD
Student Accounts Coordinator83,800 JMD
Student Development Specialist94,800 JMD
Student Employment Specialist90,500 JMD
Student Services76,200 JMD
Student Support Manager96,000 JMD
Substitute Teacher70,700 JMD
Teacher77,900 JMD
Teacher Aide62,700 JMD
Teacher Trainer102,000 JMD
Training and Development Specialist108,000 JMD
Training Coordinator75,600 JMD
Tutor80,100 JMD
University Teacher141,000 JMD
Vocational Education Teacher78,800 JMD

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Teaching / Education
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Jamaica range from 49,000 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 186,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 108,000 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 108,000 JMD while the other half are earning more than 108,000 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 Teaching / Education are earning less than 70,800 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 70,800 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 156,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 156,000 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Teaching / Education
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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 Teaching / Education earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

106,000 JMD
98,900 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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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

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

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% 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 Teaching / Education
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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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Teaching / Education Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Teaching / Education
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Teaching / Education 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.

62% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 38% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

590 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 590 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 590 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston113,000 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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