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Average Salary in Papua New Guinea 2020

How much money does a person working in Papua New Guinea make?


Average Monthly Salary
5,600 PGK
( 67,200 PGK yearly)

LOW
760
PGK
AVERAGE
5,600
PGK
HIGH
24,800
PGK

A person working in Papua New Guinea typically earns around 5,600 PGK per month. Salaries range from 760 PGK (lowest average) to 24,800 PGK (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 Papua New Guinea

Median and salary distribution monthly Papua New Guinea
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Papua New Guinea range from 760 PGK per month (minimum salary) to 24,800 PGK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,710 PGK per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,710 PGK while the other half are earning more than 5,710 PGK. 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 2,910 PGK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,910 PGK. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 15,600 PGK while 25% are earning more than 15,600 PGK.


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 Papua New Guinea costs anywhere from 28,000 Kina(s) to 84,000 Kina(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 Papua New Guinea
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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 Papua New Guinea earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Female
5,100 PGK
Male+16%
5,910 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Papua New Guinea

How much are annual salary increments in Papua New Guinea? How often do employees get salary raises?

Papua New Guinea

Employees in Papua New Guinea are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Papua New Guinea
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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 Papua New Guinea is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
6%
Energy
3%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
6%
Travel
3%
Construction
9%
Education
6%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Papua New Guinea
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64% of surveyed staff in Papua New Guinea reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% 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
36%
No Bonus
64%

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

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Papua New Guinea
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Papua New Guinea earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
5,150 PGK
Public Sector+14%
5,880 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Papua New Guinea

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Papua New Guinea
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Average Salary 2016
4,970 PGK
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,160 PGK
Average Salary 2018+3%
5,300 PGK
Average Salary 2019+2%
5,400 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Papua New Guinea 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
Accountant3,710 PGK
Accounting Assistant3,460 PGK
Accounting Manager7,230 PGK
Bookkeeper2,770 PGK
Chartered Accountant4,590 PGK
Corporate Treasurer9,680 PGK
Financial Analyst5,810 PGK
Financial Manager11,100 PGK
Internal Auditor5,760 PGK

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,940 PGK
Office Manager3,790 PGK
Receptionist3,980 PGK
Secretary2,880 PGK

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director5,310 PGK
Creative Director5,380 PGK
Graphic Designer3,800 PGK
Photographer3,500 PGK

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,690 PGK
Air Traffic Controller5,670 PGK
Flight Attendant4,440 PGK
Pilot6,360 PGK

Architecture
Architect4,860 PGK
CAD Drafter3,940 PGK

Automotive
Mechanic2,730 PGK
Service Advisor4,250 PGK

Banking
Bank Branch Manager8,210 PGK
Teller3,720 PGK

Bilingual
Teacher4,190 PGK
Translator4,590 PGK

Business Planning
Business Analyst6,160 PGK
Business Development Manager7,970 PGK
Project Manager6,200 PGK

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,280 PGK
Nursery Teacher3,800 PGK

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,670 PGK
Construction Project Manager6,370 PGK
Health and Safety Officer3,350 PGK

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,600 PGK
Customer Service Manager6,950 PGK
Customer Service Representative3,960 PGK

Engineering
Electrical Engineer5,080 PGK
Engineer4,860 PGK
Mechanical Engineer5,370 PGK

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer11,700 PGK
Chief Financial Officer10,700 PGK
General Manager9,270 PGK

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,270 PGK
Executive Chef4,770 PGK
Hotel Manager7,910 PGK
Travel Agent4,570 PGK
Waiter / Waitress3,270 PGK

Health and Medical
Dentist12,600 PGK
Dietitian11,900 PGK
Laboratory Technician4,130 PGK
Nurse4,140 PGK

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager7,580 PGK
Human Resources Officer4,360 PGK

Information Technology
Computer Technician4,050 PGK
Database Administrator5,530 PGK
Developer / Programmer4,710 PGK
Information Technology Manager7,740 PGK
Network Engineer4,720 PGK

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,360 PGK

Legal
Attorney8,050 PGK
Legal Assistant3,870 PGK

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist5,180 PGK

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer4,720 PGK
Pharmacist5,930 PGK

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier3,170 PGK
Sales Manager8,310 PGK
Sales Representative3,340 PGK

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,600 PGK
Secondary School Teacher4,280 PGK

Average Hourly Wage in Papua New Guinea


32 PGK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Papua New Guinea is 32 PGK. This means that the average person in Papua New Guinea earns approximately 32 PGK 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.

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