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Average Salary in Pakistan 2020

How much money does a person working in Pakistan make?


Average Monthly Salary
124,000 PKR
( 1,480,000 PKR yearly)

LOW
16,700
PKR
AVERAGE
124,000
PKR
HIGH
548,000
PKR

A person working in Pakistan typically earns around 124,000 PKR per month. Salaries range from 16,700 PKR (lowest average) to 548,000 PKR (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 Pakistan

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Pakistan range from 16,700 PKR per month (minimum salary) to 548,000 PKR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 116,000 PKR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 116,000 PKR while the other half are earning more than 116,000 PKR. 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 59,800 PKR while 75% of them are earning more than 59,800 PKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 312,000 PKR while 25% are earning more than 312,000 PKR.


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 Pakistan costs anywhere from 618,000 Pakistan Rupee(s) to 1,850,000 Pakistan 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 Pakistan
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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 Pakistan earn 28% more than their female counterparts.

Female
105,000 PKR
Male+28%
134,000 PKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Pakistan

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

Pakistan

Employees in Pakistan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Pakistan
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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 Pakistan is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Pakistan
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54% of surveyed staff in Pakistan reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 46% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
46%
No Bonus
54%

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Pakistan earn 12% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
115,000 PKR
Public Sector+12%
129,000 PKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Pakistan

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Pakistan
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Average Salary 2016
112,000 PKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
116,000 PKR
Average Salary 2018+2%
118,000 PKR
Average Salary 2019+2%
120,000 PKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Pakistan 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
Accountant82,800 PKR
Accounting Assistant76,900 PKR
Accounting Manager160,000 PKR
Bookkeeper63,100 PKR
Chartered Accountant102,000 PKR
Corporate Treasurer211,000 PKR
Financial Analyst122,000 PKR
Financial Manager240,000 PKR
Internal Auditor120,000 PKR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant61,900 PKR
Office Manager83,600 PKR
Receptionist66,400 PKR
Secretary62,600 PKR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director121,000 PKR
Creative Director120,000 PKR
Graphic Designer83,000 PKR
Photographer83,800 PKR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer133,000 PKR
Air Traffic Controller119,000 PKR
Flight Attendant98,300 PKR
Pilot138,000 PKR

Architecture
Architect103,000 PKR
CAD Drafter90,900 PKR

Automotive
Mechanic64,600 PKR
Service Advisor90,200 PKR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager167,000 PKR
Teller82,100 PKR

Bilingual
Teacher93,500 PKR
Translator102,000 PKR

Business Planning
Business Analyst147,000 PKR
Business Development Manager177,000 PKR
Project Manager144,000 PKR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny72,700 PKR
Nursery Teacher83,600 PKR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer112,000 PKR
Construction Project Manager147,000 PKR
Health and Safety Officer77,300 PKR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative84,000 PKR
Customer Service Manager157,000 PKR
Customer Service Representative80,500 PKR

Engineering
Civil Engineer112,000 PKR
Electrical Engineer120,000 PKR
Engineer103,000 PKR
Mechanical Engineer119,000 PKR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer277,000 PKR
Chief Financial Officer256,000 PKR
General Manager209,000 PKR
Project Manager137,000 PKR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef98,500 PKR
Executive Chef109,000 PKR
Hotel Manager172,000 PKR
Receptionist88,900 PKR
Travel Agent95,000 PKR
Waiter / Waitress74,700 PKR

Health and Medical
Dentist281,000 PKR
Dietitian271,000 PKR
Laboratory Technician91,300 PKR
Nurse95,400 PKR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager167,000 PKR
Human Resources Officer94,600 PKR

Information Technology
Computer Technician90,200 PKR
Database Administrator116,000 PKR
Developer / Programmer101,000 PKR
Information Technology Manager166,000 PKR
Network Engineer107,000 PKR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer95,100 PKR

Legal
Attorney169,000 PKR
Legal Assistant89,400 PKR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist115,000 PKR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer102,000 PKR
Pharmacist135,000 PKR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier65,200 PKR
Sales Manager185,000 PKR
Sales Representative74,100 PKR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher84,000 PKR
Secondary School Teacher97,700 PKR

Average Hourly Wage in Pakistan


710 PKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Pakistan is 710 PKR. This means that the average person in Pakistan earns approximately 710 PKR 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
Bahawalpur111,000 PKR
Faisalabad129,000 PKR
Gujranwala125,000 PKR
Hyderabad117,000 PKR
Islamabad116,000 PKR
Karachi134,000 PKR
Lahore131,000 PKR
Multan120,000 PKR
Peshawar123,000 PKR
Quetta113,000 PKR
Rawalpindi127,000 PKR
Sargodha108,000 PKR
Sialkot106,000 PKR
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