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Average Salary in Nepal 2020

How much money does a person working in Nepal make?


Average Monthly Salary
109,000 NPR
( 1,300,000 NPR yearly)

LOW
14,700
NPR
AVERAGE
109,000
NPR
HIGH
480,000
NPR

A person working in Nepal typically earns around 109,000 NPR per month. Salaries range from 14,700 NPR (lowest average) to 480,000 NPR (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 Nepal

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Nepal range from 14,700 NPR per month (minimum salary) to 480,000 NPR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 113,000 NPR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 113,000 NPR while the other half are earning more than 113,000 NPR. 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 57,400 NPR while 75% of them are earning more than 57,400 NPR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 309,000 NPR while 25% are earning more than 309,000 NPR.


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 Nepal costs anywhere from 543,000 Nepalese Rupee(s) to 1,630,000 Nepalese Rupee(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Nepal
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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 Nepal earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

Female
105,000 NPR
Male+9%
115,000 NPR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Nepal
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Nepal earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
105,000 NPR
Public Sector+10%
116,000 NPR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Nepal

How are Nepal salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Nepal
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Average Salary 2016
97,200 NPR
Average Salary 2017+4%
101,000 NPR
Average Salary 2018+3%
104,000 NPR
Average Salary 2019+2%
106,000 NPR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Nepal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant75,500 NPR
Accounting Assistant69,300 NPR
Accounting Manager140,000 NPR
Bookkeeper54,200 NPR
Chartered Accountant89,600 NPR
Corporate Treasurer192,000 NPR
Financial Analyst112,000 NPR
Financial Manager215,000 NPR
Internal Auditor106,000 NPR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant56,700 NPR
Office Manager71,600 NPR
Receptionist75,200 NPR
Secretary56,200 NPR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director103,000 NPR
Creative Director113,000 NPR
Graphic Designer73,600 NPR
Photographer72,400 NPR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer117,000 NPR
Air Traffic Controller104,000 NPR
Flight Attendant89,700 NPR
Pilot130,000 NPR

Architecture
Architect99,500 NPR
CAD Drafter83,200 NPR

Automotive
Mechanic56,500 NPR
Service Advisor84,900 NPR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager154,000 NPR
Teller70,300 NPR

Bilingual
Teacher83,200 NPR
Translator89,600 NPR

Business Planning
Business Analyst131,000 NPR
Business Development Manager168,000 NPR
Project Manager117,000 NPR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny68,000 NPR
Nursery Teacher76,200 NPR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer96,600 NPR
Construction Project Manager124,000 NPR
Health and Safety Officer67,300 NPR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative70,500 NPR
Customer Service Manager143,000 NPR
Customer Service Representative72,600 NPR

Engineering
Electrical Engineer99,700 NPR
Engineer92,300 NPR
Mechanical Engineer107,000 NPR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer242,000 NPR
Chief Financial Officer221,000 NPR
General Manager191,000 NPR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef90,100 NPR
Executive Chef97,200 NPR
Hotel Manager158,000 NPR
Travel Agent83,700 NPR
Waiter / Waitress65,100 NPR

Health and Medical
Dentist247,000 NPR
Dietitian232,000 NPR
Laboratory Technician82,100 NPR
Nurse81,100 NPR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager139,000 NPR
Human Resources Officer82,800 NPR

Information Technology
Computer Technician85,300 NPR
Database Administrator107,000 NPR
Developer / Programmer91,700 NPR
Information Technology Manager155,000 NPR
Network Engineer91,500 NPR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer80,100 NPR

Legal
Attorney155,000 NPR
Legal Assistant73,300 NPR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist104,000 NPR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer93,600 NPR
Pharmacist119,000 NPR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier58,100 NPR
Sales Manager171,000 NPR
Sales Representative67,600 NPR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher70,500 NPR
Secondary School Teacher90,400 NPR

Average Hourly Wage in Nepal


630 NPR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Nepal is 630 NPR. This means that the average person in Nepal earns approximately 630 NPR 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kathmandu117,000 NPR
Pokhara108,000 NPR
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