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Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2018

How much money does a person working in Sri Lanka make?

82,420 LKR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Sri Lanka typically earns around 82,420 LKR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Sri Lanka | All Jobs

25% of people earn
38,000 LKR
or less
50% of people earn
56,000 LKR
or less
75% of people earn
100,000 LKR
or less
Minimum
3,000 LKR
Median
56,000 LKR
Maximum
750,000 LKR

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Sri Lanka range between 3,000 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 750,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 56,000 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 56,000 LKR while the other half are earning more than 56,000 LKR. 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 the population are earning less than 38,000 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 38,000 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 100,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 100,000 LKR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Sri Lanka

How are Sri Lanka salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

2015201620172018
Average Salary 2015    =  
77,214 LKR
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
78,449 LKR
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
80,646 LKR
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
82,420 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Sri Lanka are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Average Hourly Wage in Sri Lanka | All Jobs

423 LKR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka | All Jobs is 423 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximatly 423 LKR for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Batticaloa105,750 LKR
Colombo87,260 LKR
Kalmunai23,000 LKR
Kandy44,667 LKR
Moratuwa50,000 LKR
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