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Average Salary in Yangon 2020

How much money does a person working in Yangon make?

Average Monthly Salary
576,000 MMK
( 6,910,000 MMK yearly)


A person working in Yangon typically earns around 576,000 MMK per month. Salaries range from 146,000 MMK (lowest average) to 2,570,000 MMK (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 Yangon

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Yangon range from 146,000 MMK per month (minimum salary) to 2,570,000 MMK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 622,000 MMK per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 622,000 MMK while the other half are earning more than 622,000 MMK. 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 345,000 MMK while 75% of them are earning more than 345,000 MMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,720,000 MMK while 25% are earning more than 1,720,000 MMK.

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 Myanmar costs anywhere from 2,720,000 Kyat(s) to 8,170,000 Kyat(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 Myanmar earn 19% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

595,000 MMK
499,000 MMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Myanmar

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


Employees in Myanmar are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months.

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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 Myanmar is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Myanmar
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51% of surveyed staff in Myanmar reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% 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.

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
Accountant424,000 MMK
Accounting Assistant335,000 MMK
Accounting Manager857,000 MMK
Bookkeeper280,000 MMK
Chartered Accountant518,000 MMK
Corporate Treasurer813,000 MMK
Financial Analyst734,000 MMK
Financial Manager1,190,000 MMK
Internal Auditor559,000 MMK

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant302,000 MMK
Office Manager510,000 MMK
Receptionist225,000 MMK
Secretary273,000 MMK

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director606,000 MMK
Creative Director584,000 MMK
Graphic Designer389,000 MMK
Photographer315,000 MMK

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer765,000 MMK
Air Traffic Controller663,000 MMK
Flight Attendant421,000 MMK
Pilot996,000 MMK

Architect732,000 MMK
CAD Drafter292,000 MMK

Mechanic230,000 MMK
Service Advisor431,000 MMK

Bank Branch Manager1,100,000 MMK
Teller220,000 MMK

Teacher435,000 MMK
Translator518,000 MMK

Business Planning
Business Analyst763,000 MMK
Business Development Manager930,000 MMK
Project Manager659,000 MMK

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny250,000 MMK
Nursery Teacher227,000 MMK

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer520,000 MMK
Construction Project Manager934,000 MMK
Health and Safety Officer271,000 MMK

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative214,000 MMK
Customer Service Manager835,000 MMK
Customer Service Representative234,000 MMK

Electrical Engineer570,000 MMK
Engineer558,000 MMK
Mechanical Engineer582,000 MMK

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer1,380,000 MMK
Chief Financial Officer1,180,000 MMK
General Manager1,080,000 MMK

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef356,000 MMK
Executive Chef419,000 MMK
Hotel Manager1,070,000 MMK
Travel Agent373,000 MMK
Waiter / Waitress188,000 MMK

Health and Medical
Dentist1,370,000 MMK
Dietitian1,180,000 MMK
Laboratory Technician462,000 MMK
Nurse481,000 MMK

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager901,000 MMK
Human Resources Officer373,000 MMK

Information Technology
Computer Technician450,000 MMK
Database Administrator569,000 MMK
Developer / Programmer579,000 MMK
Information Technology Manager955,000 MMK
Network Engineer516,000 MMK

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer352,000 MMK

Attorney1,120,000 MMK
Legal Assistant305,000 MMK

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist697,000 MMK

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer500,000 MMK
Pharmacist749,000 MMK

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier217,000 MMK
Sales Manager1,040,000 MMK
Sales Representative397,000 MMK

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher392,000 MMK
Secondary School Teacher502,000 MMK

Average Hourly Wage in Yangon

3,320 MMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Yangon is 3,320 MMK. This means that the average person in Yangon earns approximately 3,320 MMK 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.

Yangon VS Myanmar

Salary Comparison Between Yangon and Myanmar monthly
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We compared salaries in Yangon and Myanmar and we found that Yangon salaries are 6% more than those of Myanmar.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Yangon576,000 MMK

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 Myanmar earn 12% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
515,000 MMK
Public Sector+12%
577,000 MMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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