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Average Salary in Aruba 2020

How much money does a person working in Aruba make?

Average Monthly Salary
4,230 AWG
( 50,800 AWG yearly)


A person working in Aruba typically earns around 4,230 AWG per month. Salaries range from 570 AWG (lowest average) to 18,700 AWG (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 Aruba

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Aruba range from 570 AWG per month (minimum salary) to 18,700 AWG per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,070 AWG per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,070 AWG while the other half are earning more than 4,070 AWG. 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 2,090 AWG while 75% of them are earning more than 2,090 AWG. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 11,000 AWG while 25% are earning more than 11,000 AWG.

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 Aruba costs anywhere from 21,200 Aruban Guilder(s) to 63,500 Aruban Guilder(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 Aruba earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

3,990 AWG
4,640 AWG
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Aruba

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


Employees in Aruba 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 Aruba is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Aruba 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.

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 Aruba

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Aruba
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67% of surveyed staff in Aruba reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% 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.

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Aruba earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,020 AWG
Public Sector+14%
4,570 AWG
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Aruba

How are Aruba salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Aruba
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Average Salary 2016
3,760 AWG
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,900 AWG
Average Salary 2018+2%
3,970 AWG
Average Salary 2019+3%
4,080 AWG
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Aruba are on the rise 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant3,000 AWG
Accounting Assistant2,920 AWG
Accounting Manager5,470 AWG
Bookkeeper2,200 AWG
Chartered Accountant3,880 AWG
Corporate Treasurer7,560 AWG
Financial Analyst4,520 AWG
Financial Manager8,960 AWG
Internal Auditor4,630 AWG

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,290 AWG
Office Manager2,860 AWG
Receptionist3,220 AWG
Secretary2,350 AWG

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director4,030 AWG
Creative Director4,550 AWG
Graphic Designer2,970 AWG
Photographer2,990 AWG

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer4,680 AWG
Air Traffic Controller4,410 AWG
Flight Attendant3,550 AWG
Pilot5,190 AWG

Architect3,830 AWG
CAD Drafter3,350 AWG

Mechanic2,180 AWG
Service Advisor3,350 AWG

Bank Branch Manager6,370 AWG
Teller2,810 AWG

Teacher3,390 AWG
Translator3,880 AWG

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,260 AWG
Business Development Manager6,740 AWG
Project Manager4,690 AWG

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny2,620 AWG
Nursery Teacher3,010 AWG

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer3,980 AWG
Construction Project Manager5,180 AWG
Health and Safety Officer2,840 AWG

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,960 AWG
Customer Service Manager5,700 AWG
Customer Service Representative3,070 AWG

Electrical Engineer4,050 AWG
Engineer3,830 AWG
Mechanical Engineer4,060 AWG

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer9,340 AWG
Chief Financial Officer9,130 AWG
General Manager7,590 AWG

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef3,620 AWG
Executive Chef3,620 AWG
Hotel Manager6,450 AWG
Travel Agent3,670 AWG
Waiter / Waitress2,480 AWG

Health and Medical
Dentist10,700 AWG
Dietitian9,410 AWG
Laboratory Technician3,120 AWG
Nurse3,510 AWG

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager5,730 AWG
Human Resources Officer3,550 AWG

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,430 AWG
Database Administrator4,300 AWG
Developer / Programmer3,960 AWG
Information Technology Manager6,510 AWG
Network Engineer3,700 AWG

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer3,400 AWG

Attorney6,260 AWG
Legal Assistant3,140 AWG

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist4,380 AWG

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer3,810 AWG
Pharmacist4,710 AWG

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,380 AWG
Sales Manager7,020 AWG
Sales Representative2,670 AWG

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher2,960 AWG
Secondary School Teacher3,400 AWG

Average Hourly Wage in Aruba

24 AWG per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Aruba is 24 AWG. This means that the average person in Aruba earns approximately 24 AWG 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.

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