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Engineering Average Salaries in Papua New Guinea 2022

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

Average Monthly Salary
3,460 PGK
( 41,600 PGK yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Papua New Guinea typically earns around 3,460 PGK per month. Salaries range from 1,100 PGK (lowest average) to 7,330 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer3,260 PGK
Assembly Engineering Technician2,600 PGK
Assistant Chief Engineer4,050 PGK
Associate Engineer3,240 PGK
Autocad Operator2,120 PGK
Automation Engineer3,770 PGK
Avionic System Support Engineer3,490 PGK
Biochemical Engineer3,160 PGK
BMS Engineer3,310 PGK
Bridge and Lock Tender1,950 PGK
Broadcast Engineer3,630 PGK
CAD Design Engineer3,770 PGK
CAD Designer2,220 PGK
CAE Engineer3,380 PGK
Ceramics Engineer3,210 PGK
Civil Engineer3,510 PGK
Commissioning Engineer3,360 PGK
Communications Engineer3,880 PGK
Condition Monitoring Engineer3,130 PGK
Contract Associate Engineer3,220 PGK
Control Systems Engineer3,500 PGK
Controls Engineer3,350 PGK
Controls Software Engineer3,040 PGK
Corrosion Engineer3,090 PGK
Design Engineer3,720 PGK
Drafter2,240 PGK
Drafting Manager3,990 PGK
Drilling Engineer3,430 PGK
Electrical Draughtsman1,750 PGK
Electrical Engineer3,750 PGK
Electrical Engineering Manager5,250 PGK
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist3,920 PGK
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,860 PGK
Energy Engineer3,590 PGK
Engine Assembler1,560 PGK
Engineer3,740 PGK
Engineering Account Manager3,990 PGK
Engineering Chief Designer4,030 PGK
Engineering Consultant4,890 PGK
Engineering Key Account Manager5,330 PGK
Engineering Lab Technician3,310 PGK
Engineering Planning Manager4,720 PGK
Engineering Production Manager6,210 PGK
Engineering Project Analyst4,100 PGK
Engineering Project Coordinator 3,950 PGK
Engineering Project Director7,330 PGK
Engineering Project Manager4,850 PGK
Engineering Research and Development Manager5,600 PGK
Engineering Safety Coordinator2,800 PGK
Engineering Sales Manager4,620 PGK
Engineering Technician2,690 PGK
Engineering Technologist2,670 PGK
Environmental Engineer3,360 PGK
Equipment Engineer3,350 PGK
Equipment Engineering Manager4,690 PGK
Estimator2,970 PGK
Fabrication Specialist2,430 PGK
Fabricator1,680 PGK
Facade Engineer3,510 PGK
Fiber Analyst2,000 PGK
Field Engineer3,580 PGK
Field Engineering Manager6,230 PGK
Fire Engineer3,460 PGK
Fitter and Turner1,180 PGK
Forestry Strategic Planner3,980 PGK
Generation Engineer3,520 PGK
Genetic Engineer3,890 PGK
Geological Engineer3,650 PGK
Geotechnical Engineer3,800 PGK
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,970 PGK
Highway Engineer3,450 PGK
HSE Professional3,210 PGK
HVAC Engineer3,940 PGK
HVAC Supervisor3,090 PGK
Industrial Engineer3,450 PGK
Industrial Engineering Technologist3,520 PGK
Instrument Engineer3,330 PGK
Instrumentation and Control Engineer3,330 PGK
Instrumentation Engineer3,430 PGK
Instrumentation Manager3,460 PGK
Irrigation Engineer3,370 PGK
Licensed Aircraft Engineer3,990 PGK
Locomotive Engineer3,450 PGK
Maintenance Engineer3,480 PGK
Maintenance Fitter1,220 PGK
Maintenance Manager3,530 PGK
Manufacturing Engineer3,470 PGK
Marine Engineer3,510 PGK
Materials Engineer3,310 PGK
Materials Researcher3,190 PGK
Materials Technician2,500 PGK
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer3,950 PGK
Mechanical Design Engineer3,890 PGK
Mechanical Designer3,050 PGK
Mechanical Engineer3,850 PGK
Mechanical Engineering Manager4,910 PGK
Mechanical Inspector3,540 PGK
Mechatronics Engineer3,790 PGK
Mining Engineer3,360 PGK
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer3,960 PGK
Optical Engineer3,360 PGK
Optical Instrument Assembler1,880 PGK
PCB Assembler1,280 PGK
Photonics Engineer3,770 PGK
Photonics Technician3,290 PGK
Pipeline Engineer3,170 PGK
Piping Designer2,010 PGK
Piping Engineer3,290 PGK
Planning Engineer3,720 PGK
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,600 PGK
Principal Cost Engineer3,620 PGK
Principal Engineer3,420 PGK
Principal Support Engineer3,660 PGK
Process Engineer3,470 PGK
Process Operator2,120 PGK
Product Development Engineer3,540 PGK
Product Development Technician2,600 PGK
Product Engineer3,790 PGK
Product Safety Engineer3,350 PGK
Production Engineer3,660 PGK
Project Engineer3,730 PGK
Proposal Manager4,430 PGK
Purchasing Engineer3,170 PGK
Quality Assurance Engineer3,380 PGK
Rail Engineer3,680 PGK
Robotics Engineer4,120 PGK
Robotics Technician2,890 PGK
Safety Engineer3,530 PGK
Safety Inspector2,690 PGK
Safety Manager4,280 PGK
Safety Officer1,770 PGK
Sales Engineer3,830 PGK
Scheduling Engineer3,170 PGK
Service Engineer3,740 PGK
Solar Engineer3,650 PGK
Staff Engineer3,400 PGK
Static Equipment Engineer3,430 PGK
Stationary Engineer3,190 PGK
Stress Engineer3,370 PGK
Structural Analysis Engineer3,450 PGK
Structural Designer3,190 PGK
Structural Engineer3,330 PGK
Structural Technician2,340 PGK
Supply Chain Specialist3,580 PGK
Surveyor2,770 PGK
Technical Affairs Officer1,870 PGK
Technical Assistant1,880 PGK
Technical Engineer3,160 PGK
Technical Support Engineer3,130 PGK
Tender Engineer3,100 PGK
Test Development Engineer3,320 PGK
Transportation Engineer3,250 PGK
Validation Engineer3,190 PGK
Verification Engineer3,490 PGK
Wastewater Engineer3,530 PGK
Wind Energy Engineer3,560 PGK
Wind Energy Operations Manager4,510 PGK
Work Planner2,540 PGK

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Papua New Guinea

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Papua New Guinea range from 1,100 PGK per month (minimum average salary) to 7,330 PGK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,530 PGK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,530 PGK while the other half are earning more than 3,530 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,090 PGK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,090 PGK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 5,540 PGK while 25% are earning more than 5,540 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 20,500 Kina(s) to 61,600 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Papua New Guinea Engineering
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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 who work in Engineering earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,610 PGK
3,250 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Papua New Guinea for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Papua New Guinea
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Papua New Guinea

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


Engineering professionals in Papua New Guinea are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Papua New Guinea Engineering
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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.

Papua New Guinea / 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 Papua New Guinea is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Papua New Guinea for the year 2021. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Papua New Guinea

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Papua New Guinea Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

64% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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
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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Papua New Guinea

20 PGK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Papua New Guinea is 20 PGK. This means that the average person in Papua New Guinea earns approximately 20 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Papua New Guinea
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Papua New Guinea earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,780 PGK
Public Sector+14%
4,310 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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