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Engineering Average Salaries in Rwanda 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Rwanda?

Average Monthly Salary
584,000 RWF
( 7,010,000 RWF yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Rwanda typically earns around 584,000 RWF per month. Salaries range from 185,000 RWF (lowest average) to 1,240,000 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 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 Engineer548,000 RWF
Assembly Engineering Technician450,000 RWF
Assistant Chief Engineer640,000 RWF
Associate Engineer546,000 RWF
Autocad Operator366,000 RWF
Automation Engineer649,000 RWF
Avionic System Support Engineer577,000 RWF
Biochemical Engineer567,000 RWF
BMS Engineer534,000 RWF
Bridge and Lock Tender317,000 RWF
Broadcast Engineer563,000 RWF
CAD Design Engineer580,000 RWF
CAD Designer381,000 RWF
CAE Engineer551,000 RWF
Ceramics Engineer513,000 RWF
Civil Engineer628,000 RWF
Commissioning Engineer569,000 RWF
Communications Engineer608,000 RWF
Condition Monitoring Engineer495,000 RWF
Contract Associate Engineer577,000 RWF
Control Systems Engineer586,000 RWF
Controls Engineer563,000 RWF
Controls Software Engineer515,000 RWF
Corrosion Engineer535,000 RWF
Design Engineer611,000 RWF
Drafter352,000 RWF
Drafting Manager700,000 RWF
Drilling Engineer569,000 RWF
Electrical Draughtsman285,000 RWF
Electrical Engineer631,000 RWF
Electrical Engineering Manager808,000 RWF
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist603,000 RWF
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler319,000 RWF
Energy Engineer626,000 RWF
Engine Assembler257,000 RWF
Engineer644,000 RWF
Engineering Account Manager682,000 RWF
Engineering Chief Designer650,000 RWF
Engineering Consultant824,000 RWF
Engineering Key Account Manager859,000 RWF
Engineering Lab Technician566,000 RWF
Engineering Planning Manager817,000 RWF
Engineering Production Manager1,060,000 RWF
Engineering Project Analyst656,000 RWF
Engineering Project Coordinator 664,000 RWF
Engineering Project Director1,240,000 RWF
Engineering Project Manager822,000 RWF
Engineering Research and Development Manager922,000 RWF
Engineering Safety Coordinator455,000 RWF
Engineering Sales Manager770,000 RWF
Engineering Technician455,000 RWF
Engineering Technologist465,000 RWF
Environmental Engineer586,000 RWF
Equipment Engineer535,000 RWF
Equipment Engineering Manager757,000 RWF
Estimator485,000 RWF
Fabrication Specialist424,000 RWF
Fabricator267,000 RWF
Facade Engineer592,000 RWF
Fiber Analyst330,000 RWF
Field Engineer584,000 RWF
Field Engineering Manager1,030,000 RWF
Fire Engineer565,000 RWF
Fitter and Turner196,000 RWF
Forestry Strategic Planner669,000 RWF
Generation Engineer618,000 RWF
Genetic Engineer670,000 RWF
Geological Engineer628,000 RWF
Geotechnical Engineer636,000 RWF
Heavy Equipment Mechanic306,000 RWF
Highway Engineer584,000 RWF
HSE Professional545,000 RWF
HVAC Engineer611,000 RWF
HVAC Supervisor535,000 RWF
Industrial Engineer542,000 RWF
Industrial Engineering Technologist542,000 RWF
Instrument Engineer556,000 RWF
Instrumentation and Control Engineer556,000 RWF
Instrumentation Engineer603,000 RWF
Instrumentation Manager591,000 RWF
Irrigation Engineer592,000 RWF
Licensed Aircraft Engineer641,000 RWF
Locomotive Engineer542,000 RWF
Maintenance Engineer561,000 RWF
Maintenance Fitter200,000 RWF
Maintenance Manager608,000 RWF
Manufacturing Engineer564,000 RWF
Marine Engineer577,000 RWF
Materials Engineer551,000 RWF
Materials Researcher556,000 RWF
Materials Technician409,000 RWF
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer654,000 RWF
Mechanical Design Engineer599,000 RWF
Mechanical Designer525,000 RWF
Mechanical Engineer649,000 RWF
Mechanical Engineering Manager838,000 RWF
Mechanical Inspector564,000 RWF
Mechatronics Engineer611,000 RWF
Mining Engineer561,000 RWF
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer626,000 RWF
Optical Engineer569,000 RWF
Optical Instrument Assembler291,000 RWF
PCB Assembler204,000 RWF
Photonics Engineer657,000 RWF
Photonics Technician525,000 RWF
Pipeline Engineer556,000 RWF
Piping Designer323,000 RWF
Piping Engineer535,000 RWF
Planning Engineer594,000 RWF
Pressure Vessel Inspector277,000 RWF
Principal Cost Engineer606,000 RWF
Principal Engineer570,000 RWF
Principal Support Engineer618,000 RWF
Process Engineer556,000 RWF
Process Operator333,000 RWF
Product Development Engineer633,000 RWF
Product Development Technician434,000 RWF
Product Engineer621,000 RWF
Product Safety Engineer577,000 RWF
Production Engineer584,000 RWF
Project Engineer619,000 RWF
Proposal Manager773,000 RWF
Purchasing Engineer518,000 RWF
Quality Assurance Engineer567,000 RWF
Rail Engineer565,000 RWF
Robotics Engineer677,000 RWF
Robotics Technician480,000 RWF
Safety Engineer608,000 RWF
Safety Inspector455,000 RWF
Safety Manager721,000 RWF
Safety Officer295,000 RWF
Sales Engineer624,000 RWF
Scheduling Engineer556,000 RWF
Service Engineer626,000 RWF
Solar Engineer608,000 RWF
Staff Engineer556,000 RWF
Static Equipment Engineer569,000 RWF
Stationary Engineer530,000 RWF
Stress Engineer534,000 RWF
Structural Analysis Engineer551,000 RWF
Structural Designer504,000 RWF
Structural Engineer597,000 RWF
Structural Technician384,000 RWF
Supply Chain Specialist551,000 RWF
Surveyor458,000 RWF
Technical Affairs Officer309,000 RWF
Technical Assistant291,000 RWF
Technical Engineer505,000 RWF
Technical Support Engineer495,000 RWF
Tender Engineer525,000 RWF
Test Development Engineer574,000 RWF
Transportation Engineer566,000 RWF
Validation Engineer514,000 RWF
Verification Engineer577,000 RWF
Wastewater Engineer574,000 RWF
Wind Energy Engineer570,000 RWF
Wind Energy Operations Manager809,000 RWF
Work Planner403,000 RWF

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Rwanda

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Rwanda range from 185,000 RWF per month (minimum average salary) to 1,240,000 RWF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 631,000 RWF per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 631,000 RWF while the other half are earning more than 631,000 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 367,000 RWF while 75% of them are earning more than 367,000 RWF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,010,000 RWF while 25% are earning more than 1,010,000 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Rwanda 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 Rwanda who work in Engineering earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

616,000 RWF
552,000 RWF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Rwanda for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Rwanda
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Rwanda

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


Engineering professionals in Rwanda 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 Rwanda 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.

Rwanda / 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 Rwanda is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Rwanda 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.

61% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

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 Rwanda

3,370 RWF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Rwanda is 3,370 RWF. This means that the average person in Rwanda earns approximately 3,370 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

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

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kigali603,000 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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