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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Namibia 2021

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Namibia?

Average Monthly Salary
12,700 NAD
( 152,000 NAD yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Namibia typically earns around 12,700 NAD per month. Salaries range from 6,710 NAD (lowest) to 19,200 NAD (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Namibia

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Namibia range from 6,710 NAD per month (minimum salary) to 19,200 NAD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 11,900 NAD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 11,900 NAD while the other half are earning more than 11,900 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

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 8,370 NAD while 75% of them are earning more than 8,370 NAD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 14,600 NAD while 25% are earning more than 14,600 NAD.

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

Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 7,710 NAD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,460 NAD per month, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 13,400 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 15,700 NAD per month, 17% 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 17,200 NAD per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 18,200 NAD per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Namibia

0 - 2 Years
7,710 NAD
2 - 5 Years+23%
9,460 NAD
5 - 10 Years+42%
13,400 NAD
10 - 15 Years+17%
15,700 NAD
15 - 20 Years+10%
17,200 NAD
20+ Years+6%
18,200 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Laboratory Technician(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 Laboratory Technician salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 8,710 NAD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 16,900 NAD per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Namibia

Bachelor's Degree
8,710 NAD
Master's Degree+93%
16,900 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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

13,100 NAD
12,000 NAD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Namibia for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Namibia

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Namibia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 29 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

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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Namibia 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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Namibia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Namibia Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician 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.

91% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 9% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Namibia

73 NAD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Namibia is 73 NAD. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Namibia earns approximately 73 NAD 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly Namibia
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 42% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Clinician34,700 NAD+170%
Admitting Officer12,900 NAD+2%
Ambulance Dispatcher12,900 NAD+2%
Ambulance Driver12,400 NAD-2%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic13,900 NAD+10%
Ambulatory Services Director26,900 NAD+110%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor29,000 NAD+130%
Anesthesia Technician18,400 NAD+45%
Anesthesiologist52,500 NAD+310%
Anesthesiology Assistant19,000 NAD+50%
Assistant Optometrist15,400 NAD+22%
Audiologist31,300 NAD+150%
Biomedical Engineering Director24,700 NAD+95%
Biomedical Engineering Technician12,300 NAD-3%
Cardiac Technician12,500 NAD-1%
Cardiovascular Specialist66,200 NAD+420%
Cardiovascular Technologist26,400 NAD+110%
Central Sterile Processing Technician14,500 NAD+15%
Charge Entry Specialist15,900 NAD+26%
Clinical Application Specialist16,800 NAD+33%
Clinical Biochemist30,400 NAD+140%
Clinical Cytogeneticist24,600 NAD+94%
Clinical Data Reviewer16,000 NAD+26%
Clinical Development Specialist20,900 NAD+65%
Clinical Field Associate15,900 NAD+26%
Clinical Genetic Technologist26,500 NAD+110%
Clinical Microbiologist34,000 NAD+170%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist26,900 NAD+110%
Clinical Neuropsychologist36,800 NAD+190%
Clinical Research Coordinator18,500 NAD+46%
Clinical Scientist34,700 NAD+170%
CME Specialist26,900 NAD+110%
CT Technologist16,500 NAD+30%
Cytogenetic Technologist23,400 NAD+85%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer19,900 NAD+57%
Dispensing Optician16,200 NAD+28%
Dosimetrist23,400 NAD+85%
EKG Technician15,400 NAD+22%
Endoscopic Assistant13,800 NAD+9%
Endoscopy Technician13,600 NAD+7%
Enterostomal Therapist23,000 NAD+82%
Epidemiologist28,700 NAD+130%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian14,200 NAD+12%
Health Systems Specialist20,000 NAD+58%
Health Technologist23,600 NAD+86%
Healthcare Data Analyst16,700 NAD+32%
Hearing Aid Specialist18,200 NAD+44%
Histotechnologist21,100 NAD+67%
Immunologist32,000 NAD+150%
Industrial Hygienist22,700 NAD+79%
Infection Control Coordinator15,700 NAD+24%
Infection Control Practitioner34,100 NAD+170%
Infection Preventionist25,700 NAD+100%
Informatics Practice Specialist18,400 NAD+45%
Interventional Radiographer27,500 NAD+120%
Lab Assistant13,500 NAD+7%
Laboratory Manager25,300 NAD+100%
Laboratory Technician12,700 NAD+0%
Low Vision Therapist29,400 NAD+130%
Mammography Technician12,800 NAD+1%
Medical Coder11,400 NAD-10%
Medical Courier9,400 NAD-26%
Medical Equipment Preparer14,100 NAD+11%
Medical Forms Designer11,800 NAD-7%
Medical Technologist14,600 NAD+15%
MRI Technologist13,900 NAD+10%
Music Therapist18,500 NAD+46%
Neonatologist35,800 NAD+180%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian14,000 NAD+11%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant11,800 NAD-7%
Nuclear Medical Technician18,400 NAD+45%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist18,100 NAD+43%
Nutrition Assistant14,200 NAD+12%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant14,900 NAD+18%
Operating Room Scheduler12,800 NAD+1%
Operating Room Services Director37,700 NAD+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant14,300 NAD+13%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician15,000 NAD+19%
Optician29,300 NAD+130%
Orthopedic Technician14,800 NAD+17%
Orthoptist38,000 NAD+200%
Orthotist40,000 NAD+220%
Pathology Assistant13,200 NAD+4%
Perfusionist42,000 NAD+230%
Phlebotomist10,200 NAD-19%
Pre Authorization Case Manager20,400 NAD+61%
Prosthetist31,900 NAD+150%
Radiation Therapist48,400 NAD+280%
Radiation Therapy Technologist18,700 NAD+48%
Radiographer30,300 NAD+140%
Radiography Technologist19,700 NAD+56%
Radiologic Technologist19,400 NAD+53%
Radiology Technologist19,900 NAD+57%
Respiratory Care Practitioner38,100 NAD+200%
Respiratory Therapist26,800 NAD+110%
Respiratory Therapy Technician16,000 NAD+26%
Sonographer20,300 NAD+60%
Sonography Technologist19,900 NAD+57%
Speech and Language Pathologist28,200 NAD+120%
Ultrasonographer16,300 NAD+29%
Ultrasound Technologist15,100 NAD+19%
Vascular Technologist13,700 NAD+8%
X-Ray Technologist19,800 NAD+56%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Windhoek14,000 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

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