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Teaching / Education Average Salaries in Malawi 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
175,000 MWK
( 2,090,000 MWK yearly)


A person working in Teaching / Education in Malawi typically earns around 175,000 MWK per month. Salaries range from 83,600 MWK (lowest average) to 318,000 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 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 Advisor175,000 MWK
Academic Coach178,000 MWK
Academic Manager199,000 MWK
Academic Specialist155,000 MWK
Academic Staff138,000 MWK
Accompanist153,000 MWK
Achievement Coach168,000 MWK
Admissions Specialist160,000 MWK
Agricultural Sciences Teacher130,000 MWK
Anthropology Teacher136,000 MWK
Arabic Language Teacher127,000 MWK
Archeology Teacher140,000 MWK
Architecture Teacher157,000 MWK
Archivist123,000 MWK
Art Teacher135,000 MWK
Assistant School Principal182,000 MWK
Assistant Teacher117,000 MWK
Biochemistry Professor 251,000 MWK
Biology Teacher146,000 MWK
Bursary Scheme Manager166,000 MWK
Business Teacher150,000 MWK
Chemistry Teacher130,000 MWK
Child Care Coordinator138,000 MWK
Child Care Worker115,000 MWK
Clinical School Psychologist210,000 MWK
College Aide170,000 MWK
College and Career Readiness Specialist186,000 MWK
College President309,000 MWK
Communications Teacher140,000 MWK
Community Education Officer123,000 MWK
Computer Science Teacher140,000 MWK
Computer Teacher131,000 MWK
Creative Writing Trainer172,000 MWK
Credit Counselor179,000 MWK
Cultural Studies Teacher134,000 MWK
Curriculum Developer186,000 MWK
Curriculum Specialist183,000 MWK
Demonstrator123,000 MWK
Deputy Controller of Examinations170,000 MWK
Director of Learning Technology196,000 MWK
Distance Learning Coordinator152,000 MWK
Economics Lecturer239,000 MWK
Education Administrator158,000 MWK
Education Assistant Director177,000 MWK
Education Assistant Principal153,000 MWK
Education Assistant Professor200,000 MWK
Education Consultant192,000 MWK
Education Coordinator146,000 MWK
Education Counselor165,000 MWK
Education Director257,000 MWK
Education Program Specialist178,000 MWK
Education Researcher207,000 MWK
Education Resource Specialist147,000 MWK
Education Services Facilitator160,000 MWK
Educational Psychologist222,000 MWK
EFL Teacher138,000 MWK
eLearning Trainer125,000 MWK
Elementary School Teacher114,000 MWK
Engineering Lecturer243,000 MWK
Engineering Teacher191,000 MWK
English Teacher128,000 MWK
ESL Teacher148,000 MWK
Faculty Assistant177,000 MWK
Foreign Language Teacher122,000 MWK
GED Teacher130,000 MWK
Geography Teacher134,000 MWK
Head of Mathematics Department189,000 MWK
Head of School238,000 MWK
High School Teacher145,000 MWK
History Teacher137,000 MWK
Infant Teacher103,000 MWK
Instructional Assistant144,000 MWK
Instructor160,000 MWK
Kindergarten Teacher115,000 MWK
Language Instructor For Expatriate114,000 MWK
Law Teacher195,000 MWK
Learning Designer164,000 MWK
Lecturer228,000 MWK
Librarian114,000 MWK
Library Assistant91,100 MWK
Library Director165,000 MWK
Library Specialist121,000 MWK
Life Sciences Teacher138,000 MWK
Math Lecturer238,000 MWK
Mathematics Teacher160,000 MWK
Mentor153,000 MWK
Middle School Teacher153,000 MWK
Music Teacher127,000 MWK
Nursery Manager215,000 MWK
Nursery Worker82,900 MWK
Paraprofessional188,000 MWK
Physical Education Specialist157,000 MWK
Physical Education Teacher128,000 MWK
Physics Teacher 148,000 MWK
Political Science Teacher153,000 MWK
Post Doctoral Researcher208,000 MWK
Preschool Education Administrator158,000 MWK
Preschool Teacher118,000 MWK
Primary School Teacher131,000 MWK
Principal208,000 MWK
Product Specialist160,000 MWK
Professor - Accounting256,000 MWK
Professor - Architecture242,000 MWK
Professor - Biology241,000 MWK
Professor - Business Administration242,000 MWK
Professor - Chemical Engineering273,000 MWK
Professor - Chemistry250,000 MWK
Professor - Civil Engineering239,000 MWK
Professor - Communication244,000 MWK
Professor - Computer Science239,000 MWK
Professor - Dentistry257,000 MWK
Professor - Drama243,000 MWK
Professor - Economics269,000 MWK
Professor - Education247,000 MWK
Professor - Electrical Engineering265,000 MWK
Professor - English247,000 MWK
Professor - Environmental Engineering246,000 MWK
Professor - Foreign Languages235,000 MWK
Professor - Geological Sciences250,000 MWK
Professor - History259,000 MWK
Professor - Industrial Engineering240,000 MWK
Professor - Law268,000 MWK
Professor - Legal Support245,000 MWK
Professor - Liberal Arts239,000 MWK
Professor - Marketing254,000 MWK
Professor - Mathematics268,000 MWK
Professor - Mechanical Engineering270,000 MWK
Professor - Medical Administration280,000 MWK
Professor - Medicine293,000 MWK
Professor - Music231,000 MWK
Professor - Nursing244,000 MWK
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences239,000 MWK
Professor - Philosophy249,000 MWK
Professor - Physical Therapy269,000 MWK
Professor - Physics258,000 MWK
Professor - Psychology241,000 MWK
Professor - Rehabilitation231,000 MWK
Professor - Social Work234,000 MWK
Professor - Sociology238,000 MWK
Professor - Special Education249,000 MWK
Psychology Teacher208,000 MWK
Public Management Assistant Professor199,000 MWK
School Counselor188,000 MWK
Science Educator139,000 MWK
Science Laboratory Assistant122,000 MWK
Science Teacher141,000 MWK
Secondary Mathematics Teacher143,000 MWK
Secondary School Teacher135,000 MWK
Special Education Teacher143,000 MWK
Special Needs Assistant114,000 MWK
Statistics Lecturer245,000 MWK
Student Accounts Coordinator128,000 MWK
Student Development Specialist158,000 MWK
Student Employment Specialist154,000 MWK
Student Services121,000 MWK
Student Support Manager169,000 MWK
Substitute Teacher118,000 MWK
Teacher130,000 MWK
Teacher Aide108,000 MWK
Teacher Trainer165,000 MWK
Training and Development Specialist182,000 MWK
Training Coordinator131,000 MWK
Tutor132,000 MWK
University Teacher238,000 MWK
Vocational Education Teacher139,000 MWK

Teaching / Education Jobs Salary Distribution in Malawi

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

  • Salary Range

    Teaching / Education salaries in Malawi range from 83,600 MWK per month (minimum average salary) to 318,000 MWK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 178,000 MWK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 178,000 MWK while the other half are earning more than 178,000 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 Teaching / Education are earning less than 118,000 MWK while 75% of them are earning more than 118,000 MWK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Teaching / Education are earning less than 253,000 MWK while 25% are earning more than 253,000 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?

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 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.

Teaching / Education Salary Comparison By Gender

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

182,000 MWK
163,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malawi for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malawi
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Teaching / Education Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malawi

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

Teaching / Education

Teaching / Education professionals in Malawi are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% 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 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.

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 2020

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

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

64% of surveyed staff in Teaching / Education reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% 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.

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 Malawi

1,010 MWK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malawi is 1,010 MWK. This means that the average person in Malawi earns approximately 1,010 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.

Teaching / Education VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Teaching / Education and Teaching / Education monthly Malawi
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The average salary for Teaching / Education is 6% more 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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