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Average Salary in Kiribati 2023

How much money does a person working in Kiribati make?

Average Monthly Salary
3,880 AUD
( 46,500 AUD yearly)


A person working in Kiribati typically earns around 3,880 AUD per month. Salaries range from 980 AUD (lowest average) to 17,300 AUD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Distribution of Salaries in Kiribati

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Kiribati range from 980 AUD per month (minimum salary) to 17,300 AUD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,800 AUD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 3,800 AUD while the other half are earning more than 3,800 AUD. 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 the population are earning less than 2,150 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 2,150 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 10,300 AUD while 25% are earning more than 10,300 AUD.

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?

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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 Kiribati costs anywhere from 19,400 Australian Dollar(s) to 58,200 Australian 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.

Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Kiribati earn 16% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

4,190 AUD
3,600 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Kiribati

How much are annual salary increments in Kiribati? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Kiribati are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

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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.

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 Kiribati is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Kiribati for the year 2022. 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kiribati

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Kiribati
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66% of surveyed staff in Kiribati reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant2,830 AUD
Accounting Assistant2,240 AUD
Accounting Manager5,770 AUD
Bookkeeper1,800 AUD
Chartered Accountant3,740 AUD
Corporate Treasurer5,390 AUD
Financial Analyst5,130 AUD
Financial Manager8,190 AUD
Internal Auditor3,940 AUD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,110 AUD
Office Manager3,350 AUD
Receptionist1,540 AUD
Secretary1,820 AUD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director3,780 AUD
Creative Director4,110 AUD
Graphic Designer2,510 AUD
Photographer2,270 AUD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,070 AUD
Air Traffic Controller4,410 AUD
Flight Attendant2,620 AUD
Pilot6,970 AUD

Architect4,710 AUD
CAD Drafter2,100 AUD

Mechanic1,440 AUD
Service Advisor2,710 AUD

Bank Branch Manager7,300 AUD
Teller1,440 AUD

Teacher3,130 AUD
Translator3,740 AUD

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,090 AUD
Business Development Manager6,540 AUD
Project Manager4,330 AUD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny1,600 AUD
Nursery Teacher1,460 AUD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer3,740 AUD
Construction Project Manager6,720 AUD
Health and Safety Officer1,850 AUD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative1,490 AUD
Customer Service Manager5,410 AUD
Customer Service Representative1,520 AUD

Electrical Engineer3,740 AUD
Engineer3,680 AUD
Mechanical Engineer3,640 AUD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer8,620 AUD
Chief Financial Officer8,460 AUD
General Manager7,010 AUD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef2,560 AUD
Executive Chef2,750 AUD
Hotel Manager7,270 AUD
Travel Agent2,630 AUD
Waiter / Waitress1,200 AUD

Health and Medical
Dentist9,860 AUD
Dietitian7,530 AUD
Laboratory Technician2,890 AUD
Nurse3,210 AUD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager5,770 AUD
Human Resources Officer2,420 AUD

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,170 AUD
Database Administrator3,970 AUD
Developer / Programmer4,080 AUD
Information Technology Manager6,900 AUD
Network Engineer3,420 AUD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer2,400 AUD

Attorney7,850 AUD
Legal Assistant2,140 AUD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist4,670 AUD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer3,520 AUD
Pharmacist4,930 AUD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,470 AUD
Sales Manager7,160 AUD
Sales Representative2,470 AUD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher2,730 AUD
Secondary School Teacher3,140 AUD

Average Hourly Wage in Kiribati

22 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Kiribati is 22 AUD. This means that the average person in Kiribati earns approximately 22 AUD 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.

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 Kiribati earn 21% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,530 AUD
Public Sector+21%
4,270 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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