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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Sri Lanka?


Average Monthly Salary
81,900 LKR
( 983,000 LKR yearly)

LOW
49,700
LKR
AVERAGE
81,900
LKR
HIGH
135,000
LKR

A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Sri Lanka typically earns around 81,900 LKR per month. Salaries range from 49,700 LKR (lowest average) to 135,000 LKR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Construction / Building / Installation careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator73,100 LKR
Assembler70,500 LKR
Boat Builder and Shipwright81,700 LKR
Bricklayer61,200 LKR
Building Administrator80,000 LKR
Building Contracts Manager124,000 LKR
Building Inspector90,000 LKR
Building Monitor62,900 LKR
Building Sales Manager134,000 LKR
Cabinetmaker72,200 LKR
Carpenter77,000 LKR
Civil Engineer109,000 LKR
Civil Technician91,700 LKR
Concreter79,100 LKR
Construction and Maintenance Manager91,000 LKR
Construction Assistant85,500 LKR
Construction Coordinator96,600 LKR
Construction Estimator102,000 LKR
Construction Field Engineer102,000 LKR
Construction General Manager114,000 LKR
Construction Inventory Officer66,200 LKR
Construction Operations Manager109,000 LKR
Construction Project Coordinator108,000 LKR
Construction Project Engineer109,000 LKR
Construction Project Manager141,000 LKR
Construction Project Planner109,000 LKR
Construction Quality Control Manager125,000 LKR
Construction Safety Officer105,000 LKR
Construction Superintendent103,000 LKR
Construction Supervisor121,000 LKR
Construction Technical Assistant81,300 LKR
Construction Technical Officer78,800 LKR
Construction Technical Writer72,800 LKR
Construction Technician67,800 LKR
Crane and Tower Operator68,200 LKR
Diesel Mechanic61,200 LKR
Drywall Installer65,900 LKR
Electrical Draftsman64,400 LKR
Electrical Engineering Supervisor106,000 LKR
Electrical Engineering Technician84,800 LKR
Electrician90,900 LKR
Elevator Installer and Repairer77,600 LKR
Engineer103,000 LKR
Excavator Operator78,500 LKR
Floor Finisher80,500 LKR
Floor Manager98,100 LKR
Foreman59,200 LKR
Frame and Truss Detailer65,200 LKR
Furniture Finisher58,000 LKR
Gas Technician 61,800 LKR
Handyman58,200 LKR
Health and Safety Coordinator85,000 LKR
Health and Safety Officer76,700 LKR
Installation Manager114,000 LKR
Installer72,400 LKR
Insulation Installer68,300 LKR
Labourer50,300 LKR
Land Surveyor74,600 LKR
Lift Technician63,600 LKR
Material Tester75,800 LKR
Model Maker77,300 LKR
Order Picker62,700 LKR
Painter64,600 LKR
Pipe Layer56,000 LKR
Pipefitter57,700 LKR
Plumber66,900 LKR
Property Coordinator106,000 LKR
Purchasing Manager122,000 LKR
Quantity Surveyor103,000 LKR
Roof Slater and Tiler71,200 LKR
Sheet Metal Mechanic80,600 LKR
Site Clerk66,900 LKR
Site engineer104,000 LKR
Site Leader113,000 LKR
Stock Controller88,900 LKR
Structural Steel Construction Worker78,200 LKR
Technical Draughtsman78,200 LKR
Tendering Manager127,000 LKR
Tower Crane Operator59,700 LKR
Wall and Floor Tiler63,100 LKR
Warehouse Manager125,000 LKR
Welder65,200 LKR
Welding Superintendent71,300 LKR

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in Sri Lanka

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka Construction / Building / Installation
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Sri Lanka range from 49,700 LKR per month (minimum average salary) to 135,000 LKR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 78,600 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 78,600 LKR while the other half are earning more than 78,600 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 people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 57,800 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 57,800 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 103,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 103,000 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 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?

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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 Sri Lanka costs anywhere from 577,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(s) to 1,730,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(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.

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka Construction / Building / Installation
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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 earn 14% more than their female counterparts.

Female
77,700 LKR
Male+14%
88,800 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka
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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

How much are annual salary increments in Sri Lanka for Construction / Building / Installation professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction / Building / Installation

Construction / Building / Installation professionals in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka Construction / Building / Installation
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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.

Sri Lanka / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka
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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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
6%
Energy
3%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
6%
Travel
3%
Construction
9%
Education
6%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in Sri Lanka

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Sri Lanka Construction / Building / Installation
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Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

76% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 24% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
24%
No Bonus
76%

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.

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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
111,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
119,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Forecast and Trend in Sri Lanka

How do Construction / Building / Installation salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka Construction / Building / Installation
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Average Salary 2016
72,700 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
75,400 LKR
Average Salary 2018+2%
76,900 LKR
Average Salary 2019+3%
79,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Sri Lanka are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Construction / Building / Installation Hourly Average Wage in Sri Lanka


470 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 470 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximately 470 LKR 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.

Construction / Building / Installation VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction / Building / Installation and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 29% less than that of All Jobs.

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CityAverage Salary
Colombo97,000 LKR
89064 - 39

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