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Average Salary in Samoa 2020

How much money does a person working in Samoa make?


Average Monthly Salary
2,440 WST
( 29,300 WST yearly)

LOW
620
WST
AVERAGE
2,440
WST
HIGH
10,900
WST

A person working in Samoa typically earns around 2,440 WST per month. Salaries range from 620 WST (lowest average) to 10,900 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 careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Samoa

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Samoa range from 620 WST per month (minimum salary) to 10,900 WST per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,590 WST per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 2,590 WST while the other half are earning more than 2,590 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 the population are earning less than 1,440 WST while 75% of them are earning more than 1,440 WST. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 7,150 WST while 25% are earning more than 7,150 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Samoa
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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 earn 21% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Female
2,240 WST
Male+21%
2,710 WST
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Samoa

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

Samoa

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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Samoa
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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 Samoa is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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 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%
Mid-Career
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 Samoa

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Samoa
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62% of surveyed staff in Samoa reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 38% 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
38%
No Bonus
62%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Samoa
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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

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant1,570 WST
Accounting Assistant1,210 WST
Accounting Manager3,630 WST
Bookkeeper1,120 WST
Chartered Accountant2,020 WST
Corporate Treasurer3,160 WST
Financial Analyst2,960 WST
Financial Manager4,460 WST
Internal Auditor2,110 WST

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant1,220 WST
Office Manager2,110 WST
Receptionist850 WST
Secretary1,040 WST

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director2,420 WST
Creative Director2,220 WST
Graphic Designer1,470 WST
Photographer1,270 WST

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer2,990 WST
Air Traffic Controller2,540 WST
Flight Attendant1,530 WST
Pilot3,980 WST

Architecture
Architect2,850 WST
CAD Drafter1,150 WST

Automotive
Mechanic910 WST
Service Advisor1,640 WST

Banking
Bank Branch Manager4,140 WST
Teller910 WST

Bilingual
Teacher1,730 WST
Translator2,020 WST

Business Planning
Business Analyst2,840 WST
Business Development Manager3,540 WST
Project Manager2,720 WST

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny930 WST
Nursery Teacher900 WST

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer2,090 WST
Construction Project Manager3,780 WST
Health and Safety Officer1,020 WST

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative880 WST
Customer Service Manager3,140 WST
Customer Service Representative860 WST

Engineering
Electrical Engineer2,370 WST
Engineer2,230 WST
Mechanical Engineer2,290 WST

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer5,470 WST
Chief Financial Officer4,720 WST
General Manager4,080 WST

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,410 WST
Executive Chef1,760 WST
Hotel Manager4,160 WST
Travel Agent1,410 WST
Waiter / Waitress770 WST

Health and Medical
Dentist5,330 WST
Dietitian4,700 WST
Laboratory Technician1,820 WST
Nurse1,770 WST

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager3,630 WST
Human Resources Officer1,390 WST

Information Technology
Computer Technician1,710 WST
Database Administrator2,290 WST
Developer / Programmer2,170 WST
Information Technology Manager3,670 WST
Network Engineer2,030 WST

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,400 WST

Legal
Attorney4,520 WST
Legal Assistant1,200 WST

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist2,530 WST

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,920 WST
Pharmacist3,080 WST

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier890 WST
Sales Manager3,870 WST
Sales Representative1,440 WST

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher1,610 WST
Secondary School Teacher1,960 WST

Average Hourly Wage in Samoa


14 WST per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Samoa is 14 WST. This means that the average person in Samoa earns approximately 14 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.

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