A person working in Engineering in Samoa typically earns around 2,060 WST per month. Salaries range from 650 WST (lowest average) to 4,360 WST (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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||2,060 WST|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||1,610 WST|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||2,310 WST|
|Associate Engineer||1,930 WST|
|Autocad Operator||1,310 WST|
|Automation Engineer||2,240 WST|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||1,880 WST|
|Biochemical Engineer||1,880 WST|
|BMS Engineer||1,890 WST|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||1,090 WST|
|Broadcast Engineer||2,070 WST|
|CAD Design Engineer||2,200 WST|
|CAD Designer||1,320 WST|
|CAE Engineer||1,970 WST|
|Ceramics Engineer||1,870 WST|
|Civil Engineer||2,090 WST|
|Commissioning Engineer||2,080 WST|
|Communications Engineer||2,260 WST|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||1,790 WST|
|Contract Associate Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Control Systems Engineer||2,120 WST|
|Controls Engineer||2,120 WST|
|Controls Software Engineer||1,880 WST|
|Corrosion Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Design Engineer||2,050 WST|
|Drafting Manager||2,380 WST|
|Drilling Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Electrical Draughtsman||1,020 WST|
|Electrical Engineer||2,370 WST|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||3,060 WST|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||2,290 WST|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||1,100 WST|
|Energy Engineer||2,180 WST|
|Engine Assembler||890 WST|
|Engineering Account Manager||2,420 WST|
|Engineering Chief Designer||2,300 WST|
|Engineering Consultant||2,910 WST|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||2,930 WST|
|Engineering Lab Technician||2,010 WST|
|Engineering Planning Manager||2,930 WST|
|Engineering Production Manager||3,770 WST|
|Engineering Project Analyst||2,390 WST|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||2,500 WST|
|Engineering Project Director||4,360 WST|
|Engineering Project Manager||3,000 WST|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||3,200 WST|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||1,570 WST|
|Engineering Sales Manager||2,690 WST|
|Engineering Technician||1,660 WST|
|Engineering Technologist||1,620 WST|
|Environmental Engineer||2,040 WST|
|Equipment Engineer||1,880 WST|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||2,680 WST|
|Fabrication Specialist||1,480 WST|
|Facade Engineer||2,090 WST|
|Fiber Analyst||1,140 WST|
|Field Engineer||2,090 WST|
|Field Engineering Manager||3,350 WST|
|Fire Engineer||2,020 WST|
|Fitter and Turner||640 WST|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||2,520 WST|
|Generation Engineer||2,100 WST|
|Genetic Engineer||2,320 WST|
|Geological Engineer||2,170 WST|
|Geotechnical Engineer||2,310 WST|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||1,130 WST|
|Highway Engineer||2,140 WST|
|HSE Professional||1,990 WST|
|HVAC Engineer||2,250 WST|
|HVAC Supervisor||1,920 WST|
|Industrial Engineer||2,010 WST|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||2,050 WST|
|Instrument Engineer||1,950 WST|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||1,950 WST|
|Instrumentation Engineer||2,040 WST|
|Instrumentation Manager||2,100 WST|
|Irrigation Engineer||2,010 WST|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||2,190 WST|
|Locomotive Engineer||2,010 WST|
|Maintenance Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Maintenance Fitter||710 WST|
|Maintenance Manager||2,100 WST|
|Manufacturing Engineer||1,940 WST|
|Marine Engineer||2,000 WST|
|Materials Engineer||1,930 WST|
|Materials Researcher||1,940 WST|
|Materials Technician||1,460 WST|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||2,130 WST|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||2,270 WST|
|Mechanical Designer||1,820 WST|
|Mechanical Engineer||2,290 WST|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||2,980 WST|
|Mechanical Inspector||1,980 WST|
|Mechatronics Engineer||2,170 WST|
|Mining Engineer||1,960 WST|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||2,260 WST|
|Optical Engineer||2,080 WST|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||1,070 WST|
|PCB Assembler||740 WST|
|Photonics Engineer||2,290 WST|
|Photonics Technician||1,840 WST|
|Pipeline Engineer||1,890 WST|
|Piping Designer||1,100 WST|
|Piping Engineer||1,840 WST|
|Planning Engineer||2,090 WST|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||990 WST|
|Principal Cost Engineer||2,200 WST|
|Principal Engineer||2,000 WST|
|Principal Support Engineer||2,180 WST|
|Process Engineer||2,030 WST|
|Process Operator||1,240 WST|
|Product Development Engineer||2,110 WST|
|Product Development Technician||1,570 WST|
|Product Engineer||2,080 WST|
|Product Safety Engineer||2,000 WST|
|Production Engineer||2,050 WST|
|Project Engineer||2,090 WST|
|Proposal Manager||2,690 WST|
|Purchasing Engineer||1,850 WST|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||2,130 WST|
|Rail Engineer||2,140 WST|
|Robotics Engineer||2,270 WST|
|Robotics Technician||1,620 WST|
|Safety Engineer||2,100 WST|
|Safety Inspector||1,660 WST|
|Safety Manager||2,540 WST|
|Safety Officer||1,030 WST|
|Sales Engineer||2,150 WST|
|Scheduling Engineer||1,890 WST|
|Service Engineer||2,270 WST|
|Solar Engineer||2,130 WST|
|Staff Engineer||1,990 WST|
|Static Equipment Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Stationary Engineer||1,790 WST|
|Stress Engineer||1,930 WST|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||2,010 WST|
|Structural Designer||1,820 WST|
|Structural Engineer||1,990 WST|
|Structural Technician||1,280 WST|
|Supply Chain Specialist||2,090 WST|
|Technical Affairs Officer||1,010 WST|
|Technical Assistant||1,070 WST|
|Technical Engineer||1,770 WST|
|Technical Support Engineer||1,790 WST|
|Tender Engineer||1,920 WST|
|Test Development Engineer||2,060 WST|
|Transportation Engineer||1,970 WST|
|Validation Engineer||1,820 WST|
|Verification Engineer||1,880 WST|
|Wastewater Engineer||1,980 WST|
|Wind Energy Engineer||2,080 WST|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||2,690 WST|
|Work Planner||1,460 WST|
Engineering salaries in Samoa range from 650 WST per month (minimum average salary) to 4,360 WST per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 2,060 WST per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,060 WST while the other half are earning more than 2,060 WST. 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.
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 1,220 WST while 75% of them are earning more than 1,220 WST. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,210 WST while 25% are earning more than 3,210 WST.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Samoa costs anywhere from 12,200 Tala(s) to 36,600 Tala(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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Samoa who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineering professionals in Samoa 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.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Samoa 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.
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.
65% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Samoa earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.