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Average Salary in Rwanda 2023

How much money does a person working in Rwanda make?

Average Monthly Salary
692,000 RWF
( 8,310,000 RWF yearly)


A person working in Rwanda typically earns around 692,000 RWF per month. Salaries range from 175,000 RWF (lowest average) to 3,090,000 RWF (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 Rwanda

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Rwanda range from 175,000 RWF per month (minimum salary) to 3,090,000 RWF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 748,000 RWF per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 748,000 RWF while the other half are earning more than 748,000 RWF. 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 415,000 RWF while 75% of them are earning more than 415,000 RWF. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 2,070,000 RWF while 25% are earning more than 2,070,000 RWF.

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 Rwanda costs anywhere from 3,460,000 Rwanda Franc(s) to 10,400,000 Rwanda Franc(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

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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 Rwanda earn 12% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

730,000 RWF
654,000 RWF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Rwanda

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


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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Rwanda
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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 Rwanda is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Rwanda for the year 2022. 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%
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 Rwanda

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Rwanda
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61% of surveyed staff in Rwanda reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 39% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant455,000 RWF
Accounting Assistant349,000 RWF
Accounting Manager1,030,000 RWF
Bookkeeper307,000 RWF
Chartered Accountant582,000 RWF
Corporate Treasurer873,000 RWF
Financial Analyst842,000 RWF
Financial Manager1,330,000 RWF
Internal Auditor649,000 RWF

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant347,000 RWF
Office Manager597,000 RWF
Receptionist248,000 RWF
Secretary285,000 RWF

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director667,000 RWF
Creative Director640,000 RWF
Graphic Designer407,000 RWF
Photographer381,000 RWF

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer859,000 RWF
Air Traffic Controller723,000 RWF
Flight Attendant437,000 RWF
Pilot1,090,000 RWF

Architect824,000 RWF
CAD Drafter323,000 RWF

Mechanic243,000 RWF
Service Advisor474,000 RWF

Bank Branch Manager1,210,000 RWF
Teller258,000 RWF

Teacher503,000 RWF
Translator582,000 RWF

Business Planning
Business Analyst855,000 RWF
Business Development Manager1,020,000 RWF
Project Manager773,000 RWF

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny266,000 RWF
Nursery Teacher253,000 RWF

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer628,000 RWF
Construction Project Manager1,070,000 RWF
Health and Safety Officer285,000 RWF

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative253,000 RWF
Customer Service Manager927,000 RWF
Customer Service Representative253,000 RWF

Electrical Engineer631,000 RWF
Engineer644,000 RWF
Mechanical Engineer649,000 RWF

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer1,460,000 RWF
Chief Financial Officer1,420,000 RWF
General Manager1,200,000 RWF

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef394,000 RWF
Executive Chef485,000 RWF
Hotel Manager1,140,000 RWF
Travel Agent433,000 RWF
Waiter / Waitress212,000 RWF

Health and Medical
Dentist1,540,000 RWF
Dietitian1,290,000 RWF
Laboratory Technician515,000 RWF
Nurse494,000 RWF

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager1,030,000 RWF
Human Resources Officer380,000 RWF

Information Technology
Computer Technician493,000 RWF
Database Administrator652,000 RWF
Developer / Programmer644,000 RWF
Information Technology Manager1,090,000 RWF
Network Engineer546,000 RWF

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer388,000 RWF

Attorney1,290,000 RWF
Legal Assistant340,000 RWF

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist728,000 RWF

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer572,000 RWF
Pharmacist842,000 RWF

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier243,000 RWF
Sales Manager1,120,000 RWF
Sales Representative412,000 RWF

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher463,000 RWF
Secondary School Teacher536,000 RWF

Average Hourly Wage in Rwanda

3,990 RWF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Rwanda is 3,990 RWF. This means that the average person in Rwanda earns approximately 3,990 RWF 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
Kigali715,000 RWF

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 Rwanda earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
616,000 RWF
Public Sector+25%
768,000 RWF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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