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Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2019

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

115,470 LKR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Sri Lanka typically earns around 115,470 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

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Sri Lanka range between 15,629 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 511,320 LKR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 116,625 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 116,625 LKR while the other half are earning more than 116,625 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 59,514 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 59,514 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 320,252 LKR while 25% are earning more than 320,252 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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka
Average Salary 2016    =  
106,298 LKR
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
110,231 LKR
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
113,317 LKR
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
115,470 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Sri Lanka are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant83,773 LKR
Administrative Assistant62,656 LKR
Architect106,552 LKR
Attorney171,551 LKR
Biomedical Engineer99,018 LKR
CAD Drafter90,223 LKR
Cashier68,739 LKR
Chartered Accountant107,454 LKR
Chef97,747 LKR
Chief Executive Officer264,236 LKR
Chief Financial Officer239,268 LKR
Civil Engineer109,125 LKR
Civil Engineer104,408 LKR
Computer Technician94,989 LKR
Creative Director126,142 LKR
Dentist295,882 LKR
Developer / Programmer102,336 LKR
Electrical Engineer114,502 LKR
Elementary School Teacher81,715 LKR
Engineer106,552 LKR
Executive Chef106,087 LKR
Flight Attendant97,592 LKR
General Manager215,528 LKR
Graphic Designer79,095 LKR
Hotel Manager170,405 LKR
Human Resources Manager156,242 LKR
Internal Auditor123,786 LKR
Journalist121,470 LKR
Legal Assistant85,372 LKR
Mechanical Engineer110,786 LKR
Nurse94,734 LKR
Pharmacist136,942 LKR
Photographer78,306 LKR
Pilot137,201 LKR
Police Officer90,607 LKR
Project Manager127,830 LKR
Receptionist89,972 LKR
Receptionist63,287 LKR
Sales Manager194,669 LKR
Sales Representative73,542 LKR
Secondary School Teacher98,908 LKR
Secretary62,093 LKR
Teacher94,626 LKR
Teller76,698 LKR
Travel Agent98,134 LKR
Waiter / Waitress72,750 LKR

Average Hourly Wage in Sri Lanka | All Jobs

666 LKR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka | All Jobs is 666 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximatly 666 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
Colombo136,737 LKR
92243 - 437
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