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Engineering Average Salaries in Malawi 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Malawi?

Average Monthly Salary
139,000 MWK
( 1,670,000 MWK yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Malawi typically earns around 139,000 MWK per month. Salaries range from 44,100 MWK (lowest average) to 294,000 MWK (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer136,000 MWK
Assembly Engineering Technician112,000 MWK
Assistant Chief Engineer168,000 MWK
Associate Engineer136,000 MWK
Autocad Operator91,300 MWK
Automation Engineer162,000 MWK
Avionic System Support Engineer135,000 MWK
Biochemical Engineer144,000 MWK
BMS Engineer142,000 MWK
Bridge and Lock Tender83,400 MWK
Broadcast Engineer142,000 MWK
CAD Design Engineer159,000 MWK
CAD Designer89,600 MWK
CAE Engineer143,000 MWK
Ceramics Engineer141,000 MWK
Civil Engineer149,000 MWK
Commissioning Engineer151,000 MWK
Communications Engineer161,000 MWK
Condition Monitoring Engineer130,000 MWK
Contract Associate Engineer147,000 MWK
Control Systems Engineer140,000 MWK
Controls Engineer150,000 MWK
Controls Software Engineer130,000 MWK
Corrosion Engineer133,000 MWK
Design Engineer152,000 MWK
Drafter90,700 MWK
Drafting Manager172,000 MWK
Drilling Engineer148,000 MWK
Electrical Draughtsman72,000 MWK
Electrical Engineer156,000 MWK
Electrical Engineering Manager210,000 MWK
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist165,000 MWK
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler75,100 MWK
Energy Engineer151,000 MWK
Engine Assembler69,300 MWK
Engineer159,000 MWK
Engineering Account Manager170,000 MWK
Engineering Chief Designer169,000 MWK
Engineering Consultant201,000 MWK
Engineering Key Account Manager205,000 MWK
Engineering Lab Technician141,000 MWK
Engineering Planning Manager198,000 MWK
Engineering Production Manager271,000 MWK
Engineering Project Analyst172,000 MWK
Engineering Project Coordinator 173,000 MWK
Engineering Project Director301,000 MWK
Engineering Project Manager212,000 MWK
Engineering Research and Development Manager248,000 MWK
Engineering Safety Coordinator120,000 MWK
Engineering Sales Manager208,000 MWK
Engineering Technician118,000 MWK
Engineering Technologist115,000 MWK
Environmental Engineer152,000 MWK
Equipment Engineer132,000 MWK
Equipment Engineering Manager196,000 MWK
Estimator129,000 MWK
Fabrication Specialist107,000 MWK
Fabricator64,300 MWK
Facade Engineer141,000 MWK
Fiber Analyst82,500 MWK
Field Engineer159,000 MWK
Field Engineering Manager241,000 MWK
Fire Engineer154,000 MWK
Fitter and Turner45,800 MWK
Forestry Strategic Planner170,000 MWK
Generation Engineer155,000 MWK
Genetic Engineer157,000 MWK
Geological Engineer159,000 MWK
Geotechnical Engineer156,000 MWK
Heavy Equipment Mechanic78,800 MWK
Highway Engineer151,000 MWK
HSE Professional144,000 MWK
HVAC Engineer150,000 MWK
HVAC Supervisor140,000 MWK
Industrial Engineer140,000 MWK
Industrial Engineering Technologist138,000 MWK
Instrument Engineer146,000 MWK
Instrumentation and Control Engineer143,000 MWK
Instrumentation Engineer144,000 MWK
Instrumentation Manager151,000 MWK
Irrigation Engineer145,000 MWK
Licensed Aircraft Engineer157,000 MWK
Locomotive Engineer143,000 MWK
Maintenance Engineer144,000 MWK
Maintenance Fitter53,000 MWK
Maintenance Manager147,000 MWK
Manufacturing Engineer138,000 MWK
Marine Engineer148,000 MWK
Materials Engineer149,000 MWK
Materials Researcher137,000 MWK
Materials Technician111,000 MWK
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer157,000 MWK
Mechanical Design Engineer152,000 MWK
Mechanical Designer127,000 MWK
Mechanical Engineer150,000 MWK
Mechanical Engineering Manager204,000 MWK
Mechanical Inspector146,000 MWK
Mechatronics Engineer151,000 MWK
Mining Engineer144,000 MWK
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer168,000 MWK
Optical Engineer147,000 MWK
Optical Instrument Assembler71,300 MWK
PCB Assembler53,500 MWK
Photonics Engineer158,000 MWK
Photonics Technician133,000 MWK
Pipeline Engineer129,000 MWK
Piping Designer79,000 MWK
Piping Engineer137,000 MWK
Planning Engineer143,000 MWK
Pressure Vessel Inspector72,600 MWK
Principal Cost Engineer149,000 MWK
Principal Engineer150,000 MWK
Principal Support Engineer154,000 MWK
Process Engineer142,000 MWK
Process Operator85,800 MWK
Product Development Engineer154,000 MWK
Product Development Technician107,000 MWK
Product Engineer158,000 MWK
Product Safety Engineer136,000 MWK
Production Engineer140,000 MWK
Project Engineer150,000 MWK
Proposal Manager196,000 MWK
Purchasing Engineer131,000 MWK
Quality Assurance Engineer144,000 MWK
Rail Engineer151,000 MWK
Robotics Engineer168,000 MWK
Robotics Technician125,000 MWK
Safety Engineer154,000 MWK
Safety Inspector120,000 MWK
Safety Manager171,000 MWK
Safety Officer77,500 MWK
Sales Engineer160,000 MWK
Scheduling Engineer140,000 MWK
Service Engineer162,000 MWK
Solar Engineer160,000 MWK
Staff Engineer151,000 MWK
Static Equipment Engineer148,000 MWK
Stationary Engineer128,000 MWK
Stress Engineer143,000 MWK
Structural Analysis Engineer141,000 MWK
Structural Designer126,000 MWK
Structural Engineer145,000 MWK
Structural Technician97,700 MWK
Supply Chain Specialist151,000 MWK
Surveyor113,000 MWK
Technical Affairs Officer77,900 MWK
Technical Assistant77,000 MWK
Technical Engineer131,000 MWK
Technical Support Engineer130,000 MWK
Tender Engineer135,000 MWK
Test Development Engineer147,000 MWK
Transportation Engineer136,000 MWK
Validation Engineer127,000 MWK
Verification Engineer142,000 MWK
Wastewater Engineer147,000 MWK
Wind Energy Engineer153,000 MWK
Wind Energy Operations Manager206,000 MWK
Work Planner108,000 MWK

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Malawi

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Malawi range from 44,100 MWK per month (minimum average salary) to 294,000 MWK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 133,000 MWK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 133,000 MWK while the other half are earning more than 133,000 MWK. 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 Engineering are earning less than 79,800 MWK while 75% of them are earning more than 79,800 MWK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 205,000 MWK while 25% are earning more than 205,000 MWK.

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 Malawi costs anywhere from 822,000 Kwacha(s) to 2,470,000 Kwacha(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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malawi Engineering
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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 Malawi who work in Engineering earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

148,000 MWK
133,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malawi for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malawi

How much are annual salary increments in Malawi for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Malawi are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Malawi Engineering
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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.

Malawi / 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 Malawi is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malawi for the year 2021. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malawi

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malawi Engineering
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Engineering 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.

67% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Malawi

800 MWK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malawi is 800 MWK. This means that the average person in Malawi earns approximately 800 MWK 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Malawi
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Malawi earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
156,000 MWK
Public Sector+14%
178,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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