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Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
115,000 LKR
( 1,390,000 LKR yearly)


A person working in Sri Lanka typically earns around 115,000 LKR per month. Salaries range from 15,600 LKR (lowest) to 511,000 LKR (highest).

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Sri Lanka range between 15,600 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 511,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 117,000 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 117,000 LKR while the other half are earning more than 117,000 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.

  • 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 59,500 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 59,500 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 320,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 320,000 LKR.

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 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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka
Average Salary 2016
103,000 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
106,000 LKR
Average Salary 2018+3%
109,000 LKR
Average Salary 2019+2%
111,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Sri Lanka are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant83,800 LKR
Accounting Assistant81,000 LKR
Accounting Manager149,000 LKR
Bookkeeper63,900 LKR
Chartered Accountant107,000 LKR
Corporate Treasurer201,000 LKR
Financial Analyst124,000 LKR
Financial Manager233,000 LKR
Internal Auditor124,000 LKR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant62,700 LKR
Office Manager78,100 LKR
Receptionist63,300 LKR
Secretary62,100 LKR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director118,000 LKR
Creative Director126,000 LKR
Graphic Designer79,100 LKR
Photographer78,300 LKR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer129,000 LKR
Air Traffic Controller121,000 LKR
Flight Attendant97,600 LKR
Pilot137,000 LKR

Architect107,000 LKR
CAD Drafter90,200 LKR

Mechanic61,700 LKR
Service Advisor93,200 LKR

Bank Branch Manager179,000 LKR
Teller76,700 LKR

Teacher94,600 LKR
Translator107,000 LKR

Business Planning
Business Analyst138,000 LKR
Business Development Manager187,000 LKR
Project Manager143,000 LKR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny72,100 LKR
Nursery Teacher81,300 LKR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer109,000 LKR
Construction Project Manager141,000 LKR
Health and Safety Officer76,700 LKR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative81,700 LKR
Customer Service Manager162,000 LKR
Customer Service Representative86,500 LKR

Civil Engineer104,000 LKR
Electrical Engineer115,000 LKR
Engineer107,000 LKR
Mechanical Engineer111,000 LKR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer264,000 LKR
Chief Financial Officer239,000 LKR
General Manager216,000 LKR
Project Manager128,000 LKR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef97,700 LKR
Executive Chef106,000 LKR
Hotel Manager170,000 LKR
Receptionist90,000 LKR
Travel Agent98,100 LKR
Waiter / Waitress72,700 LKR

Health and Medical
Dentist296,000 LKR
Dietitian274,000 LKR
Laboratory Technician85,200 LKR
Nurse94,700 LKR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager156,000 LKR
Human Resources Officer93,900 LKR

Information Technology
Computer Technician95,000 LKR
Database Administrator118,000 LKR
Developer / Programmer102,000 LKR
Information Technology Manager168,000 LKR
Network Engineer106,000 LKR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer90,600 LKR

Attorney172,000 LKR
Legal Assistant85,400 LKR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist121,000 LKR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer99,000 LKR
Pharmacist137,000 LKR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier68,700 LKR
Sales Manager195,000 LKR
Sales Representative73,500 LKR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher81,700 LKR
Secondary School Teacher98,900 LKR

Average Hourly Wage in Sri Lanka

670 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 670 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximatly 670 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.

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Colombo137,000 LKR
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