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Librarian Average Salary in Malawi 2021

How much money does a Librarian make in Malawi?

Average Monthly Salary
114,000 MWK
( 1,370,000 MWK yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in Malawi typically earns around 114,000 MWK per month. Salaries range from 52,400 MWK (lowest) to 181,000 MWK (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Librarian salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Librarian Salary Distribution in Malawi

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Malawi range from 52,400 MWK per month (minimum salary) to 181,000 MWK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 123,000 MWK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 123,000 MWK while the other half are earning more than 123,000 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 Librarian(s) are earning less than 79,000 MWK while 75% of them are earning more than 79,000 MWK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 164,000 MWK while 25% are earning more than 164,000 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

Librarian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Librarian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Librarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 59,500 MWK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 79,500 MWK per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 117,000 MWK per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Librarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 143,000 MWK per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 156,000 MWK per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 169,000 MWK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Malawi

0 - 2 Years
59,500 MWK
2 - 5 Years+34%
79,500 MWK
5 - 10 Years+48%
117,000 MWK
10 - 15 Years+22%
143,000 MWK
15 - 20 Years+9%
156,000 MWK
20+ Years+8%
169,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Librarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Librarian(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Librarian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Librarian is 69,200 MWK per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 134,000 MWK per month, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Malawi

Certificate or Diploma
69,200 MWK
Bachelor's Degree+93%
134,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Librarian 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 Librarian employees in Malawi earn 17% less than their female counterparts on average.

104,000 MWK
124,000 MWK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malawi for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malawi

How much are annual salary increments in Malawi for Librarian(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Librarian(s) in Malawi are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

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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Librarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malawi

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malawi Librarian
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A Librarian is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

84% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 16% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Librarian Average Hourly Wage in Malawi

660 MWK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malawi is 660 MWK. This means that the average Librarian in Malawi earns approximately 660 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.

Librarian VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Librarian and Teaching / Education monthly Malawi
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The average salary for Librarian is 35% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Advisor175,000 MWK+54%
Academic Coach178,000 MWK+56%
Academic Manager199,000 MWK+75%
Academic Specialist155,000 MWK+36%
Academic Staff138,000 MWK+21%
Accompanist153,000 MWK+34%
Achievement Coach168,000 MWK+47%
Admissions Specialist160,000 MWK+40%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher130,000 MWK+14%
Anthropology Teacher136,000 MWK+19%
Arabic Language Teacher127,000 MWK+11%
Archeology Teacher140,000 MWK+23%
Architecture Teacher157,000 MWK+38%
Archivist123,000 MWK+8%
Art Teacher135,000 MWK+18%
Assistant School Principal182,000 MWK+60%
Assistant Teacher117,000 MWK+3%
Biochemistry Professor 251,000 MWK+120%
Biology Teacher146,000 MWK+28%
Bursary Scheme Manager166,000 MWK+46%
Business Teacher150,000 MWK+32%
Chemistry Teacher130,000 MWK+14%
Child Care Coordinator138,000 MWK+21%
Child Care Worker115,000 MWK+1%
Clinical School Psychologist210,000 MWK+84%
College Aide170,000 MWK+49%
College and Career Readiness Specialist186,000 MWK+63%
College President309,000 MWK+170%
Communications Teacher140,000 MWK+23%
Community Education Officer123,000 MWK+8%
Computer Science Teacher140,000 MWK+23%
Computer Teacher131,000 MWK+15%
Creative Writing Trainer172,000 MWK+51%
Credit Counselor179,000 MWK+57%
Cultural Studies Teacher134,000 MWK+18%
Curriculum Developer186,000 MWK+63%
Curriculum Specialist183,000 MWK+61%
Demonstrator123,000 MWK+8%
Deputy Controller of Examinations170,000 MWK+49%
Director of Learning Technology196,000 MWK+72%
Distance Learning Coordinator152,000 MWK+33%
Economics Lecturer239,000 MWK+110%
Education Administrator158,000 MWK+39%
Education Assistant Director177,000 MWK+55%
Education Assistant Principal153,000 MWK+34%
Education Assistant Professor200,000 MWK+75%
Education Consultant192,000 MWK+68%
Education Coordinator146,000 MWK+28%
Education Counselor165,000 MWK+45%
Education Director257,000 MWK+130%
Education Program Specialist178,000 MWK+56%
Education Researcher207,000 MWK+82%
Education Resource Specialist147,000 MWK+29%
Education Services Facilitator160,000 MWK+40%
Educational Psychologist222,000 MWK+95%
EFL Teacher138,000 MWK+21%
eLearning Trainer125,000 MWK+10%
Elementary School Teacher114,000 MWK-0%
Engineering Lecturer243,000 MWK+110%
Engineering Teacher191,000 MWK+68%
English Teacher128,000 MWK+12%
ESL Teacher148,000 MWK+30%
Faculty Assistant177,000 MWK+55%
Foreign Language Teacher122,000 MWK+7%
GED Teacher130,000 MWK+14%
Geography Teacher134,000 MWK+18%
Head of Mathematics Department189,000 MWK+66%
Head of School238,000 MWK+110%
High School Teacher145,000 MWK+27%
History Teacher137,000 MWK+20%
Infant Teacher103,000 MWK-10%
Instructional Assistant144,000 MWK+26%
Instructor160,000 MWK+40%
Kindergarten Teacher115,000 MWK+1%
Language Instructor For Expatriate114,000 MWK-0%
Law Teacher195,000 MWK+71%
Learning Designer164,000 MWK+44%
Lecturer228,000 MWK+100%
Librarian114,000 MWK-0%
Library Assistant91,100 MWK-20%
Library Director165,000 MWK+45%
Library Specialist121,000 MWK+6%
Life Sciences Teacher138,000 MWK+21%
Math Lecturer238,000 MWK+110%
Mathematics Teacher160,000 MWK+40%
Mentor153,000 MWK+34%
Middle School Teacher153,000 MWK+34%
Music Teacher127,000 MWK+11%
Nursery Manager215,000 MWK+89%
Nursery Worker82,900 MWK-27%
Paraprofessional188,000 MWK+65%
Physical Education Specialist157,000 MWK+38%
Physical Education Teacher128,000 MWK+12%
Physics Teacher 148,000 MWK+30%
Political Science Teacher153,000 MWK+34%
Post Doctoral Researcher208,000 MWK+82%
Preschool Education Administrator158,000 MWK+39%
Preschool Teacher118,000 MWK+4%
Primary School Teacher131,000 MWK+15%
Principal208,000 MWK+82%
Product Specialist160,000 MWK+40%
Professor - Accounting256,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Architecture242,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Biology241,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Business Administration242,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering273,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Chemistry250,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Civil Engineering239,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Communication244,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Computer Science239,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Dentistry257,000 MWK+130%
Professor - Drama243,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Economics269,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Education247,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Electrical Engineering265,000 MWK+130%
Professor - English247,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Environmental Engineering246,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages235,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences250,000 MWK+120%
Professor - History259,000 MWK+130%
Professor - Industrial Engineering240,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Law268,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Legal Support245,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts239,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Marketing254,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Mathematics268,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering270,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Medical Administration280,000 MWK+150%
Professor - Medicine293,000 MWK+160%
Professor - Music231,000 MWK+100%
Professor - Nursing244,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences239,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Philosophy249,000 MWK+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy269,000 MWK+140%
Professor - Physics258,000 MWK+130%
Professor - Psychology241,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Rehabilitation231,000 MWK+100%
Professor - Social Work234,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Sociology238,000 MWK+110%
Professor - Special Education249,000 MWK+120%
Psychology Teacher208,000 MWK+82%
Public Management Assistant Professor199,000 MWK+75%
School Counselor188,000 MWK+65%
Science Educator139,000 MWK+22%
Science Laboratory Assistant122,000 MWK+7%
Science Teacher141,000 MWK+24%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher143,000 MWK+25%
Secondary School Teacher135,000 MWK+18%
Special Education Teacher143,000 MWK+25%
Special Needs Assistant114,000 MWK-0%
Statistics Lecturer245,000 MWK+110%
Student Accounts Coordinator128,000 MWK+12%
Student Development Specialist158,000 MWK+39%
Student Employment Specialist154,000 MWK+35%
Student Services121,000 MWK+6%
Student Support Manager169,000 MWK+48%
Substitute Teacher118,000 MWK+4%
Teacher130,000 MWK+14%
Teacher Aide108,000 MWK-5%
Teacher Trainer165,000 MWK+45%
Training and Development Specialist182,000 MWK+60%
Training Coordinator131,000 MWK+15%
Tutor132,000 MWK+16%
University Teacher238,000 MWK+110%
Vocational Education Teacher139,000 MWK+22%

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
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