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Driver Average Salary in Solomon Islands 2023

How much money does a person working as Driver make in Solomon Islands?

Average Monthly Salary
1,830 SBD
( 22,000 SBD yearly)


A person working as Driver in Solomon Islands typically earns around 1,830 SBD per month. Salaries range from 880 SBD (lowest) to 2,880 SBD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Driver salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Driver Pay Scale and Salaries in Solomon Islands

Median and salary distribution Solomon Islands Driver monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
1,710 SBD or more
10% of people earn
1,510 to 1,710 SBD
20% of people earn
1,060 SBD or less
65% of people earn
1,060 to 1,510 SBD
Minimum Salary
880 SBD
1,720 SBD
2,880 SBD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Driver salaries in Solomon Islands range from 880 SBD per month (starting salary) to 2,880 SBD per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,720 SBD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Driver(s) are earning less than 1,720 SBD while the other half are earning more than 1,720 SBD. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Driver(s) are earning less than 1,400 SBD while 75% of them are earning more than 1,400 SBD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Driver(s) are earning less than 1,980 SBD while 25% are earning more than 1,980 SBD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 1,060 SBD to 1,510 SBD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 1,060 SBD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 1,510 SBD to 1,710 SBD. Only 5% of people grossed 1,710 SBD or more.

Driver Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Driver average salary change by experience in Solomon Islands

0 - 2 Years
1,030 SBD
2 - 5 Years+42%
1,460 SBD
5 - 10 Years+31%
1,920 SBD
10 - 15 Years+23%
2,360 SBD
15 - 20 Years+6%
2,510 SBD
20+ Years+10%
2,750 SBD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Solomon Islands Driver
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Driver salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,030 SBD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,460 SBD per month, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,920 SBD per month, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Driver whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 2,360 SBD per month, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 2,510 SBD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,750 SBD per month, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Driver Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Driver(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Driver average salary difference by education level in Solomon Islands

High School
1,280 SBD
Certificate or Diploma+47%
1,880 SBD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
2,520 SBD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Solomon Islands Driver
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Driver salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary is 1,280 SBD per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 1,880 SBD per month, 47% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 2,520 SBD per month, 34% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Driver

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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 Driver employees in Solomon Islands earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,930 SBD
1,790 SBD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Solomon Islands for all Careers

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Driver Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Solomon Islands

How much are annual salary increments in Solomon Islands for Driver(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Driver(s) in Solomon Islands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 3% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Solomon Islands / All Professions

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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 Solomon Islands is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Solomon Islands for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Driver Bonus and Incentive Rates in Solomon Islands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Solomon Islands Driver
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"Driver" is considered to be a low bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

87% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 13% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Driver Salary Trend and Forecast in Solomon Islands

How are Driver salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
1,670 SBD
Average Salary 2020+2%
1,700 SBD
Average Salary 2021+1%
1,720 SBD
Average Salary 2022+3%
1,780 SBD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Driver salaries in Solomon Islands are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 3% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Driver Average Hourly Wage in Solomon Islands

11 SBD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Solomon Islands is 11 SBD. This means that the average Driver in Solomon Islands earns approximately 11 SBD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Driver' in Solomon Islands is 5 SBD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Driver VS Other Jobs

1,830 SBD
2,480 SBD
6,340 SBD
Average Salary
Average Salary
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Driver is 26% less than that of Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers. Also, Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers salaries are 61% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Driver and Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers monthly Solomon Islands
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bus Driver1,940 SBD+6%
CDL Driver2,240 SBD+22%
CDL Truck Driver2,220 SBD+21%
Chauffeur2,300 SBD+26%
Courier Coordinator2,850 SBD+56%
Courier Sales Manager4,360 SBD+140%
Deck Officer2,060 SBD+12%
Delivery Driver1,750 SBD-4%
Delivery Specialist2,340 SBD+28%
Delivery Supervisor2,660 SBD+45%
Dispatcher1,650 SBD-10%
Driver1,830 SBD-0%
Driving Instructor2,380 SBD+30%
Goods Receiving Expediter1,890 SBD+3%
Limousine Driver2,310 SBD+26%
Parking Inspector2,240 SBD+22%
School Bus Driver2,100 SBD+15%
Shuttle Driver1,870 SBD+2%
Taxi Driver1,920 SBD+5%
Third Officer1,760 SBD-4%
Train Driver2,050 SBD+12%
Tram Driver1,980 SBD+8%
Transport Officer1,800 SBD-2%
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor2,820 SBD+54%
Transportation Manager7,540 SBD+310%
Truck Driver1,910 SBD+4%

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 Solomon Islands earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
5,960 SBD
Public Sector+11%
6,600 SBD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Driver in Solomon Islands?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 1,720 SBD and 1,980 SBD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Driver in Solomon Islands is ranges from 1,400 SBD to 1,980 SBD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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