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Average Salary in Mauritania 2023

How much money does a person working in Mauritania make?

Average Monthly Salary
19,900 MRO
( 239,000 MRO yearly)


A person working in Mauritania typically earns around 19,900 MRO per month. Salaries range from 5,030 MRO (lowest average) to 88,700 MRO (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 Mauritania

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Mauritania range from 5,030 MRO per month (minimum salary) to 88,700 MRO per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,300 MRO per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 18,300 MRO while the other half are earning more than 18,300 MRO. 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 10,500 MRO while 75% of them are earning more than 10,500 MRO. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 49,200 MRO while 25% are earning more than 49,200 MRO.

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 Mauritania costs anywhere from 99,400 Ouguiya(s) to 298,000 Ouguiya(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 Mauritania earn 10% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

20,600 MRO
18,800 MRO
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mauritania

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


Employees in Mauritania 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 Mauritania is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Mauritania
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69% of surveyed staff in Mauritania reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant13,500 MRO
Accounting Assistant11,000 MRO
Accounting Manager29,600 MRO
Bookkeeper9,280 MRO
Chartered Accountant18,300 MRO
Corporate Treasurer26,800 MRO
Financial Analyst26,000 MRO
Financial Manager39,700 MRO
Internal Auditor19,400 MRO

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant10,700 MRO
Office Manager17,200 MRO
Receptionist7,340 MRO
Secretary9,270 MRO

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director19,000 MRO
Creative Director20,100 MRO
Graphic Designer12,500 MRO
Photographer10,700 MRO

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer25,000 MRO
Air Traffic Controller22,300 MRO
Flight Attendant13,100 MRO
Pilot35,500 MRO

Architect25,100 MRO
CAD Drafter10,100 MRO

Mechanic7,310 MRO
Service Advisor14,400 MRO

Bank Branch Manager37,500 MRO
Teller7,400 MRO

Teacher14,900 MRO
Translator18,300 MRO

Business Planning
Business Analyst24,100 MRO
Business Development Manager31,900 MRO
Project Manager22,200 MRO

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny7,980 MRO
Nursery Teacher7,670 MRO

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer17,700 MRO
Construction Project Manager31,500 MRO
Health and Safety Officer8,910 MRO

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative7,370 MRO
Customer Service Manager27,200 MRO
Customer Service Representative7,820 MRO

Electrical Engineer19,000 MRO
Engineer19,600 MRO
Mechanical Engineer18,600 MRO

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer43,800 MRO
Chief Financial Officer40,000 MRO
General Manager35,200 MRO

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef12,300 MRO
Executive Chef13,900 MRO
Hotel Manager37,100 MRO
Travel Agent12,900 MRO
Waiter / Waitress6,060 MRO

Health and Medical
Dentist48,200 MRO
Dietitian38,900 MRO
Laboratory Technician14,800 MRO
Nurse15,400 MRO

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager29,600 MRO
Human Resources Officer12,400 MRO

Information Technology
Computer Technician15,500 MRO
Database Administrator20,100 MRO
Developer / Programmer20,200 MRO
Information Technology Manager34,300 MRO
Network Engineer16,700 MRO

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer11,900 MRO

Attorney39,700 MRO
Legal Assistant10,000 MRO

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist22,800 MRO

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer17,000 MRO
Pharmacist25,400 MRO

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier7,760 MRO
Sales Manager35,000 MRO
Sales Representative12,300 MRO

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher13,500 MRO
Secondary School Teacher16,200 MRO

Average Hourly Wage in Mauritania

110 MRO per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mauritania is 110 MRO. This means that the average person in Mauritania earns approximately 110 MRO 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 Mauritania earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,700 MRO
Public Sector+11%
20,700 MRO
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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