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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Jamaica 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
202,000 JMD
( 2,430,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Jamaica typically earns around 202,000 JMD per month. Salaries range from 98,000 JMD (lowest average) to 335,000 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 Advisor212,000 JMD
Academic Coach207,000 JMD
Academic Manager245,000 JMD
Academic Specialist186,000 JMD
Academic Staff162,000 JMD
Accompanist174,000 JMD
Achievement Coach214,000 JMD
Admissions Specialist184,000 JMD
Agricultural Sciences Teacher156,000 JMD
Anthropology Teacher168,000 JMD
Arabic Language Teacher153,000 JMD
Archeology Teacher175,000 JMD
Architecture Teacher191,000 JMD
Archivist142,000 JMD
Art Teacher156,000 JMD
Assistant School Principal222,000 JMD
Assistant Teacher146,000 JMD
Biochemistry Professor 251,000 JMD
Biology Teacher174,000 JMD
Bursary Scheme Manager204,000 JMD
Business Teacher175,000 JMD
Chemistry Teacher168,000 JMD
Child Care Coordinator174,000 JMD
Child Care Worker141,000 JMD
Clinical School Psychologist252,000 JMD
College Aide201,000 JMD
College and Career Readiness Specialist214,000 JMD
College President333,000 JMD
Communications Teacher167,000 JMD
Community Education Officer146,000 JMD
Computer Science Teacher166,000 JMD
Computer Teacher153,000 JMD
Creative Writing Trainer202,000 JMD
Credit Counselor201,000 JMD
Cultural Studies Teacher164,000 JMD
Curriculum Developer227,000 JMD
Curriculum Specialist218,000 JMD
Demonstrator156,000 JMD
Deputy Controller of Examinations198,000 JMD
Director of Learning Technology214,000 JMD
Distance Learning Coordinator184,000 JMD
Economics Lecturer298,000 JMD
Education Administrator194,000 JMD
Education Assistant Director221,000 JMD
Education Assistant Principal180,000 JMD
Education Assistant Professor235,000 JMD
Education Consultant245,000 JMD
Education Coordinator169,000 JMD
Education Counselor187,000 JMD
Education Director285,000 JMD
Education Program Specialist204,000 JMD
Education Researcher232,000 JMD
Education Resource Specialist178,000 JMD
Education Services Facilitator189,000 JMD
Educational Psychologist256,000 JMD
EFL Teacher165,000 JMD
eLearning Trainer148,000 JMD
Elementary School Teacher141,000 JMD
Engineering Lecturer267,000 JMD
Engineering Teacher235,000 JMD
English Teacher158,000 JMD
ESL Teacher162,000 JMD
Faculty Assistant208,000 JMD
Foreign Language Teacher153,000 JMD
GED Teacher154,000 JMD
Geography Teacher154,000 JMD
Head of Mathematics Department220,000 JMD
Head of School266,000 JMD
High School Teacher176,000 JMD
History Teacher166,000 JMD
Infant Teacher123,000 JMD
Instructional Assistant172,000 JMD
Instructor185,000 JMD
Kindergarten Teacher135,000 JMD
Language Instructor For Expatriate135,000 JMD
Law Teacher227,000 JMD
Learning Designer208,000 JMD
Lecturer238,000 JMD
Librarian135,000 JMD
Library Assistant108,000 JMD
Library Director193,000 JMD
Library Specialist142,000 JMD
Life Sciences Teacher163,000 JMD
Math Lecturer289,000 JMD
Mathematics Teacher193,000 JMD
Mentor192,000 JMD
Middle School Teacher174,000 JMD
Music Teacher150,000 JMD
Nursery Manager257,000 JMD
Nursery Worker107,000 JMD
Paraprofessional223,000 JMD
Physical Education Specialist180,000 JMD
Physical Education Teacher155,000 JMD
Physics Teacher 167,000 JMD
Political Science Teacher176,000 JMD
Post Doctoral Researcher257,000 JMD
Preschool Education Administrator180,000 JMD
Preschool Teacher139,000 JMD
Primary School Teacher145,000 JMD
Principal234,000 JMD
Product Specialist188,000 JMD
Professor - Accounting296,000 JMD
Professor - Architecture303,000 JMD
Professor - Biology294,000 JMD
Professor - Business Administration289,000 JMD
Professor - Chemical Engineering318,000 JMD
Professor - Chemistry315,000 JMD
Professor - Civil Engineering294,000 JMD
Professor - Communication293,000 JMD
Professor - Computer Science310,000 JMD
Professor - Dentistry325,000 JMD
Professor - Drama301,000 JMD
Professor - Economics295,000 JMD
Professor - Education292,000 JMD
Professor - Electrical Engineering306,000 JMD
Professor - English279,000 JMD
Professor - Environmental Engineering300,000 JMD
Professor - Foreign Languages280,000 JMD
Professor - Geological Sciences291,000 JMD
Professor - History296,000 JMD
Professor - Industrial Engineering295,000 JMD
Professor - Law322,000 JMD
Professor - Legal Support288,000 JMD
Professor - Liberal Arts303,000 JMD
Professor - Marketing288,000 JMD
Professor - Mathematics333,000 JMD
Professor - Mechanical Engineering327,000 JMD
Professor - Medical Administration332,000 JMD
Professor - Medicine344,000 JMD
Professor - Music288,000 JMD
Professor - Nursing270,000 JMD
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences286,000 JMD
Professor - Philosophy290,000 JMD
Professor - Physical Therapy306,000 JMD
Professor - Physics318,000 JMD
Professor - Psychology290,000 JMD
Professor - Rehabilitation272,000 JMD
Professor - Social Work269,000 JMD
Professor - Sociology296,000 JMD
Professor - Special Education302,000 JMD
Psychology Teacher235,000 JMD
Public Management Assistant Professor262,000 JMD
School Counselor236,000 JMD
Science Educator166,000 JMD
Science Laboratory Assistant143,000 JMD
Science Teacher161,000 JMD
Secondary Mathematics Teacher169,000 JMD
Secondary School Teacher164,000 JMD
Special Education Teacher175,000 JMD
Special Needs Assistant143,000 JMD
Statistics Lecturer275,000 JMD
Student Accounts Coordinator168,000 JMD
Student Development Specialist190,000 JMD
Student Employment Specialist181,000 JMD
Student Services152,000 JMD
Student Support Manager192,000 JMD
Substitute Teacher141,000 JMD
Teacher156,000 JMD
Teacher Aide125,000 JMD
Teacher Trainer205,000 JMD
Training and Development Specialist215,000 JMD
Training Coordinator151,000 JMD
Tutor160,000 JMD
University Teacher282,000 JMD
Vocational Education Teacher158,000 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 98,000 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 335,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 215,000 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 215,000 JMD while the other half are earning more than 215,000 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 141,000 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 141,000 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 291,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 291,000 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.

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 972,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 2,910,000 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 earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

194,000 JMD
212,000 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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Jamaica
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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 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Jamaica for the year 2019. 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Jamaica
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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.

Private Sector
188,000 JMD
Public Sector+10%
208,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Teaching / Education Salary Forecast and Trend in Jamaica

How do Teaching / Education salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Jamaica Teaching / Education
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Average Salary 2016
178,000 JMD
Average Salary 2017+4%
185,000 JMD
Average Salary 2018+3%
191,000 JMD
Average Salary 2019+3%
197,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Teaching / Education salaries in Jamaica are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Teaching / Education Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

1,170 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 1,170 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 1,170 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 4% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston223,000 JMD
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