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Translator Average Salary in Namibia 2023

How much money does a person working as Translator make in Namibia?


Average Monthly Salary
16,000 NAD
( 192,000 NAD yearly)

LOW
7,520
NAD
AVERAGE
16,000
NAD
HIGH
25,300
NAD

A person working as Translator in Namibia typically earns around 16,000 NAD per month. Salaries range from 7,520 NAD (lowest) to 25,300 NAD (highest).

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

Translator Pay Scale and Salaries in Namibia

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
15,100 NAD or more
10% of people earn
13,200 to 15,100 NAD
20% of people earn
9,210 NAD or less
65% of people earn
9,210 to 13,200 NAD
Minimum Salary
7,520 NAD
Median
15,200 NAD
Maximum
25,300 NAD


Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Translator salaries in Namibia range from 7,520 NAD per month (starting salary) to 25,300 NAD per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 15,200 NAD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Translator(s) are earning less than 15,200 NAD while the other half are earning more than 15,200 NAD. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Translator(s) are earning less than 12,300 NAD while 75% of them are earning more than 12,300 NAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Translator(s) are earning less than 17,400 NAD while 25% are earning more than 17,400 NAD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 9,210 NAD to 13,200 NAD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 9,210 NAD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 13,200 NAD to 15,100 NAD. Only 5% of people grossed 15,100 NAD or more.

Translator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Translator average salary change by experience in Namibia

0 - 2 Years
8,670 NAD
2 - 5 Years+38%
12,000 NAD
5 - 10 Years+42%
17,000 NAD
10 - 15 Years+22%
20,700 NAD
15 - 20 Years+6%
21,900 NAD
20+ Years+9%
23,900 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 Translator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 8,670 NAD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,000 NAD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,000 NAD per month, 42% 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, Translator whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 20,700 NAD 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 21,900 NAD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 23,900 NAD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Translator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Translator average salary difference by education level in Namibia

High School
10,700 NAD
Certificate or Diploma+17%
12,500 NAD
Bachelor's Degree+45%
18,200 NAD
Master's Degree+31%
23,900 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 Translator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary is 10,700 NAD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 12,500 NAD per month, 17% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 18,200 NAD per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 23,900 NAD per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


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 Namibia costs anywhere from 87,200 Namibia Dollar(s) to 262,000 Namibia Dollar(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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Translator

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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 Translator employees in Namibia earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
16,700 NAD
Female-8%
15,400 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Namibia for all Careers

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Translator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Namibia

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

Translator

Translator(s) in Namibia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% 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.

Namibia / All Professions

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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 Namibia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Banking
5%
Energy
1%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
2%
Travel
7%
Construction
3%
Education
8%

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


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Translator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Namibia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Namibia Translator
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"Translator" is considered to be a low bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

85% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 15% 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
15%
No Bonus
85%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Translator Salary Trend and Forecast in Namibia

How are Translator salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
14,600 NAD
Average Salary 2020+3%
15,000 NAD
Average Salary 2021+3%
15,400 NAD
Average Salary 2022+2%
15,700 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Translator salaries in Namibia are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Translator Average Hourly Wage in Namibia


92 NAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Namibia is 92 NAD. This means that the average Translator in Namibia earns approximately 92 NAD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Translator' in Namibia is 43 NAD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Translator VS Other Jobs

16,000 NAD
17,600 NAD
17,400 NAD
Average Salary
Translator
Average Salary
Bilingual
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Translator is 9% less than that of Bilingual. Also, Bilingual salaries are 1% more than those of All Jobs.

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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bilingual Paraprofessional17,700 NAD+11%
Interpreter15,300 NAD-4%
Language Specialist22,500 NAD+41%
Linguist22,200 NAD+39%
Multilingual Host17,400 NAD+9%
Teacher12,900 NAD-19%
Translator16,000 NAD+0%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Windhoek17,500 NAD

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 Namibia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
16,700 NAD
Public Sector+7%
18,000 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Translator in Namibia?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 15,200 NAD and 17,400 NAD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Translator in Namibia is ranges from 12,300 NAD to 17,400 NAD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.


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


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