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Engineering Average Salaries in Samoa 2021

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


Average Monthly Salary
2,060 WST
( 24,700 WST yearly)

LOW
650
WST
AVERAGE
2,060
WST
HIGH
4,360
WST

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.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer2,060 WST
Assembly Engineering Technician1,610 WST
Assistant Chief Engineer2,310 WST
Associate Engineer1,930 WST
Autocad Operator1,310 WST
Automation Engineer2,240 WST
Avionic System Support Engineer1,880 WST
Biochemical Engineer1,880 WST
BMS Engineer1,890 WST
Bridge and Lock Tender1,090 WST
Broadcast Engineer2,070 WST
CAD Design Engineer2,200 WST
CAD Designer1,320 WST
CAE Engineer1,970 WST
Ceramics Engineer1,870 WST
Civil Engineer2,090 WST
Commissioning Engineer2,080 WST
Communications Engineer2,260 WST
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,790 WST
Contract Associate Engineer1,920 WST
Control Systems Engineer2,120 WST
Controls Engineer2,120 WST
Controls Software Engineer1,880 WST
Corrosion Engineer1,920 WST
Design Engineer2,050 WST
Drafter1,310 WST
Drafting Manager2,380 WST
Drilling Engineer1,920 WST
Electrical Draughtsman1,020 WST
Electrical Engineer2,370 WST
Electrical Engineering Manager3,060 WST
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist2,290 WST
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,100 WST
Energy Engineer2,180 WST
Engine Assembler890 WST
Engineer2,230 WST
Engineering Account Manager2,420 WST
Engineering Chief Designer2,300 WST
Engineering Consultant2,910 WST
Engineering Key Account Manager2,930 WST
Engineering Lab Technician2,010 WST
Engineering Planning Manager2,930 WST
Engineering Production Manager3,770 WST
Engineering Project Analyst2,390 WST
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,500 WST
Engineering Project Director4,360 WST
Engineering Project Manager3,000 WST
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,200 WST
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,570 WST
Engineering Sales Manager2,690 WST
Engineering Technician1,660 WST
Engineering Technologist1,620 WST
Environmental Engineer2,040 WST
Equipment Engineer1,880 WST
Equipment Engineering Manager2,680 WST
Estimator1,730 WST
Fabrication Specialist1,480 WST
Fabricator940 WST
Facade Engineer2,090 WST
Fiber Analyst1,140 WST
Field Engineer2,090 WST
Field Engineering Manager3,350 WST
Fire Engineer2,020 WST
Fitter and Turner640 WST
Forestry Strategic Planner2,520 WST
Generation Engineer2,100 WST
Genetic Engineer2,320 WST
Geological Engineer2,170 WST
Geotechnical Engineer2,310 WST
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,130 WST
Highway Engineer2,140 WST
HSE Professional1,990 WST
HVAC Engineer2,250 WST
HVAC Supervisor1,920 WST
Industrial Engineer2,010 WST
Industrial Engineering Technologist2,050 WST
Instrument Engineer1,950 WST
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,950 WST
Instrumentation Engineer2,040 WST
Instrumentation Manager2,100 WST
Irrigation Engineer2,010 WST
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,190 WST
Locomotive Engineer2,010 WST
Maintenance Engineer1,920 WST
Maintenance Fitter710 WST
Maintenance Manager2,100 WST
Manufacturing Engineer1,940 WST
Marine Engineer2,000 WST
Materials Engineer1,930 WST
Materials Researcher1,940 WST
Materials Technician1,460 WST
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,130 WST
Mechanical Design Engineer2,270 WST
Mechanical Designer1,820 WST
Mechanical Engineer2,290 WST
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,980 WST
Mechanical Inspector1,980 WST
Mechatronics Engineer2,170 WST
Mining Engineer1,960 WST
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,260 WST
Optical Engineer2,080 WST
Optical Instrument Assembler1,070 WST
PCB Assembler740 WST
Photonics Engineer2,290 WST
Photonics Technician1,840 WST
Pipeline Engineer1,890 WST
Piping Designer1,100 WST
Piping Engineer1,840 WST
Planning Engineer2,090 WST
Pressure Vessel Inspector990 WST
Principal Cost Engineer2,200 WST
Principal Engineer2,000 WST
Principal Support Engineer2,180 WST
Process Engineer2,030 WST
Process Operator1,240 WST
Product Development Engineer2,110 WST
Product Development Technician1,570 WST
Product Engineer2,080 WST
Product Safety Engineer2,000 WST
Production Engineer2,050 WST
Project Engineer2,090 WST
Proposal Manager2,690 WST
Purchasing Engineer1,850 WST
Quality Assurance Engineer2,130 WST
Rail Engineer2,140 WST
Robotics Engineer2,270 WST
Robotics Technician1,620 WST
Safety Engineer2,100 WST
Safety Inspector1,660 WST
Safety Manager2,540 WST
Safety Officer1,030 WST
Sales Engineer2,150 WST
Scheduling Engineer1,890 WST
Service Engineer2,270 WST
Solar Engineer2,130 WST
Staff Engineer1,990 WST
Static Equipment Engineer1,920 WST
Stationary Engineer1,790 WST
Stress Engineer1,930 WST
Structural Analysis Engineer2,010 WST
Structural Designer1,820 WST
Structural Engineer1,990 WST
Structural Technician1,280 WST
Supply Chain Specialist2,090 WST
Surveyor1,490 WST
Technical Affairs Officer1,010 WST
Technical Assistant1,070 WST
Technical Engineer1,770 WST
Technical Support Engineer1,790 WST
Tender Engineer1,920 WST
Test Development Engineer2,060 WST
Transportation Engineer1,970 WST
Validation Engineer1,820 WST
Verification Engineer1,880 WST
Wastewater Engineer1,980 WST
Wind Energy Engineer2,080 WST
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,690 WST
Work Planner1,460 WST

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Samoa

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

  • Salary Range

    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).

  • Median Salary

    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.

  • 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 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.


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 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Samoa 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 Samoa who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
2,120 WST
Female-6%
1,990 WST
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Samoa for all Careers

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

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

Engineering

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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Samoa 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.

Samoa / 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 Samoa is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Samoa for the year 2020. 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 Samoa

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

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.

Received Bonus
35%
No Bonus
65%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Samoa


12 WST per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Samoa is 12 WST. This means that the average person in Samoa earns approximately 12 WST 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 Samoa
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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 Samoa earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,270 WST
Public Sector+17%
2,660 WST
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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