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Average Salary in Swaziland 2020

How much money does a person working in Swaziland make?

Average Monthly Salary
5,840 SZL
( 70,100 SZL yearly)


A person working in Swaziland typically earns around 5,840 SZL per month. Salaries range from 790 SZL (lowest average) to 25,900 SZL (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Distribution of Salaries in Swaziland

Median and salary distribution monthly Swaziland
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Swaziland range from 790 SZL per month (minimum salary) to 25,900 SZL per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,370 SZL per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,370 SZL while the other half are earning more than 5,370 SZL. 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 2,770 SZL while 75% of them are earning more than 2,770 SZL. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 14,400 SZL while 25% are earning more than 14,400 SZL.

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 Swaziland costs anywhere from 29,200 Lilangeni(s) to 87,600 Lilangeni(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.

Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 in Swaziland earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

5,400 SZL
6,120 SZL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Swaziland

How much are annual salary increments in Swaziland? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Swaziland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Swaziland
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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.

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 Swaziland is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Swaziland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Swaziland
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69% of surveyed staff in Swaziland reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

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 Swaziland earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
5,490 SZL
Public Sector+11%
6,080 SZL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Swaziland

How are Swaziland salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Swaziland
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Average Salary 2016
5,370 SZL
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,570 SZL
Average Salary 2018+1%
5,640 SZL
Average Salary 2019+2%
5,730 SZL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Swaziland are on the rise in the year 2020 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 continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant4,190 SZL
Accounting Assistant4,060 SZL
Accounting Manager7,540 SZL
Bookkeeper3,130 SZL
Chartered Accountant5,390 SZL
Corporate Treasurer10,300 SZL
Financial Analyst5,940 SZL
Financial Manager12,100 SZL
Internal Auditor6,010 SZL

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant3,010 SZL
Office Manager3,950 SZL
Receptionist4,500 SZL
Secretary3,190 SZL

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director5,770 SZL
Creative Director6,330 SZL
Graphic Designer4,050 SZL
Photographer4,040 SZL

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer6,830 SZL
Air Traffic Controller5,800 SZL
Flight Attendant4,920 SZL
Pilot7,050 SZL

Architect5,610 SZL
CAD Drafter4,370 SZL

Mechanic3,220 SZL
Service Advisor4,900 SZL

Bank Branch Manager8,930 SZL
Teller3,880 SZL

Teacher4,730 SZL
Translator5,390 SZL

Business Planning
Business Analyst7,110 SZL
Business Development Manager9,380 SZL
Project Manager6,470 SZL

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,630 SZL
Nursery Teacher4,130 SZL

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer5,390 SZL
Construction Project Manager6,780 SZL
Health and Safety Officer3,710 SZL

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative4,310 SZL
Customer Service Manager8,020 SZL
Customer Service Representative4,310 SZL

Electrical Engineer5,980 SZL
Engineer5,610 SZL
Mechanical Engineer5,600 SZL

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer13,800 SZL
Chief Financial Officer12,400 SZL
General Manager10,700 SZL

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,730 SZL
Executive Chef5,180 SZL
Hotel Manager8,760 SZL
Travel Agent4,770 SZL
Waiter / Waitress3,550 SZL

Health and Medical
Dentist14,800 SZL
Dietitian13,400 SZL
Laboratory Technician4,310 SZL
Nurse4,580 SZL

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager7,900 SZL
Human Resources Officer4,830 SZL

Information Technology
Computer Technician4,770 SZL
Database Administrator5,650 SZL
Developer / Programmer5,320 SZL
Information Technology Manager8,750 SZL
Network Engineer5,230 SZL

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,640 SZL

Attorney8,230 SZL
Legal Assistant4,110 SZL

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist6,100 SZL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer5,130 SZL
Pharmacist6,710 SZL

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier3,380 SZL
Sales Manager9,770 SZL
Sales Representative3,700 SZL

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher4,310 SZL
Secondary School Teacher4,850 SZL

Average Hourly Wage in Swaziland

34 SZL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Swaziland is 34 SZL. This means that the average person in Swaziland earns approximately 34 SZL 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.

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