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Average Salary in Bahamas 2020

How much money does a person working in Bahamas make?


Average Yearly Salary
46,700 BSD
( 3,900 BSD monthly)

LOW
11,800
BSD
AVERAGE
46,700
BSD
HIGH
209,000
BSD

A person working in Bahamas typically earns around 46,700 BSD per year. Salaries range from 11,800 BSD (lowest average) to 209,000 BSD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 Bahamas

Median and salary distribution yearly Bahamas
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Bahamas range from 11,800 BSD per year (minimum salary) to 209,000 BSD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 48,600 BSD per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 48,600 BSD while the other half are earning more than 48,600 BSD. 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 27,200 BSD while 75% of them are earning more than 27,200 BSD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 134,000 BSD while 25% are earning more than 134,000 BSD.


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 Bahamas costs anywhere from 19,500 Bahamian Dollar(s) to 58,400 Bahamian 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 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 yearly Bahamas
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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 Bahamas earn 9% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
49,400 BSD
Female-8%
45,500 BSD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bahamas

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

Bahamas

Employees in Bahamas 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 Bahamas is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bahamas for the year 2019. 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%
Mid-Career
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 Bahamas

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bahamas
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63% of surveyed staff in Bahamas reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 37% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
37%
No Bonus
63%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant33,700 BSD
Accounting Assistant26,800 BSD
Accounting Manager69,600 BSD
Bookkeeper23,200 BSD
Chartered Accountant44,700 BSD
Corporate Treasurer65,700 BSD
Financial Analyst58,600 BSD
Financial Manager91,400 BSD
Internal Auditor45,600 BSD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant24,100 BSD
Office Manager40,300 BSD
Receptionist18,300 BSD
Secretary22,200 BSD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director48,600 BSD
Creative Director49,100 BSD
Graphic Designer30,700 BSD
Photographer27,900 BSD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer63,800 BSD
Air Traffic Controller50,400 BSD
Flight Attendant31,500 BSD
Pilot85,300 BSD

Architecture
Architect59,100 BSD
CAD Drafter24,200 BSD

Automotive
Mechanic17,900 BSD
Service Advisor34,000 BSD

Banking
Bank Branch Manager86,600 BSD
Teller17,400 BSD

Bilingual
Teacher37,300 BSD
Translator44,700 BSD

Business Planning
Business Analyst62,500 BSD
Business Development Manager78,200 BSD
Project Manager52,200 BSD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny19,200 BSD
Nursery Teacher17,700 BSD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer45,900 BSD
Construction Project Manager77,100 BSD
Health and Safety Officer21,400 BSD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative18,800 BSD
Customer Service Manager63,900 BSD
Customer Service Representative18,000 BSD

Engineering
Electrical Engineer46,500 BSD
Engineer46,200 BSD
Mechanical Engineer43,800 BSD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer107,000 BSD
Chief Financial Officer104,000 BSD
General Manager82,800 BSD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef29,600 BSD
Executive Chef35,300 BSD
Hotel Manager89,000 BSD
Travel Agent30,400 BSD
Waiter / Waitress15,500 BSD

Health and Medical
Dentist118,000 BSD
Dietitian97,200 BSD
Laboratory Technician34,800 BSD
Nurse37,100 BSD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager69,600 BSD
Human Resources Officer29,700 BSD

Information Technology
Computer Technician37,800 BSD
Database Administrator45,400 BSD
Developer / Programmer45,800 BSD
Information Technology Manager77,500 BSD
Network Engineer40,200 BSD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer29,200 BSD

Legal
Attorney89,700 BSD
Legal Assistant24,500 BSD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist55,800 BSD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer39,300 BSD
Pharmacist63,500 BSD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier17,200 BSD
Sales Manager85,600 BSD
Sales Representative29,600 BSD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher34,400 BSD
Secondary School Teacher40,500 BSD

Average Hourly Wage in Bahamas


22 BSD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bahamas is 22 BSD. This means that the average person in Bahamas earns approximately 22 BSD 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 Bahamas earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
45,300 BSD
Public Sector+10%
50,000 BSD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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