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Average Salary in Tanzania 2020

How much money does a person working in Tanzania make?

Average Monthly Salary
1,270,000 TZS
( 15,300,000 TZS yearly)


A person working in Tanzania typically earns around 1,270,000 TZS per month. Salaries range from 172,000 TZS (lowest average) to 5,640,000 TZS (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 Tanzania

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Tanzania range from 172,000 TZS per month (minimum salary) to 5,640,000 TZS per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,320,000 TZS per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,320,000 TZS while the other half are earning more than 1,320,000 TZS. 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 673,000 TZS while 75% of them are earning more than 673,000 TZS. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,620,000 TZS while 25% are earning more than 3,620,000 TZS.

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Tanzania costs anywhere from 6,360,000 Tanzanian Shilling(s) to 19,100,000 Tanzanian Shilling(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Tanzania
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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 Tanzania earn 10% more than their female counterparts.

1,240,000 TZS
1,360,000 TZS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Tanzania
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Tanzania earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
1,240,000 TZS
Public Sector+7%
1,330,000 TZS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Tanzania

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Tanzania
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Average Salary 2016
1,140,000 TZS
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,180,000 TZS
Average Salary 2018+3%
1,220,000 TZS
Average Salary 2019+2%
1,250,000 TZS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Tanzania 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
Accountant896,000 TZS
Accounting Assistant875,000 TZS
Accounting Manager1,640,000 TZS
Bookkeeper684,000 TZS
Chartered Accountant1,100,000 TZS
Corporate Treasurer2,170,000 TZS
Financial Analyst1,390,000 TZS
Financial Manager2,720,000 TZS
Internal Auditor1,300,000 TZS

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant704,000 TZS
Office Manager906,000 TZS
Receptionist916,000 TZS
Secretary677,000 TZS

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,310,000 TZS
Creative Director1,360,000 TZS
Graphic Designer899,000 TZS
Photographer907,000 TZS

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,440,000 TZS
Air Traffic Controller1,360,000 TZS
Flight Attendant1,120,000 TZS
Pilot1,500,000 TZS

Architect1,120,000 TZS
CAD Drafter984,000 TZS

Mechanic666,000 TZS
Service Advisor1,030,000 TZS

Bank Branch Manager1,900,000 TZS
Teller889,000 TZS

Teacher963,000 TZS
Translator1,100,000 TZS

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,520,000 TZS
Business Development Manager2,020,000 TZS
Project Manager1,480,000 TZS

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny787,000 TZS
Nursery Teacher905,000 TZS

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,210,000 TZS
Construction Project Manager1,520,000 TZS
Health and Safety Officer837,000 TZS

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative909,000 TZS
Customer Service Manager1,780,000 TZS
Customer Service Representative871,000 TZS

Electrical Engineer1,240,000 TZS
Engineer1,170,000 TZS
Mechanical Engineer1,280,000 TZS

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer2,850,000 TZS
Chief Financial Officer2,770,000 TZS
General Manager2,370,000 TZS

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,070,000 TZS
Executive Chef1,180,000 TZS
Hotel Manager1,950,000 TZS
Travel Agent1,030,000 TZS
Waiter / Waitress770,000 TZS

Health and Medical
Dentist3,040,000 TZS
Dietitian2,930,000 TZS
Laboratory Technician988,000 TZS
Nurse982,000 TZS

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager1,720,000 TZS
Human Resources Officer1,080,000 TZS

Information Technology
Computer Technician1,030,000 TZS
Database Administrator1,320,000 TZS
Developer / Programmer1,150,000 TZS
Information Technology Manager1,800,000 TZS
Network Engineer1,100,000 TZS

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,030,000 TZS

Attorney1,930,000 TZS
Legal Assistant968,000 TZS

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,310,000 TZS

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,100,000 TZS
Pharmacist1,390,000 TZS

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier743,000 TZS
Sales Manager2,000,000 TZS
Sales Representative845,000 TZS

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher909,000 TZS
Secondary School Teacher1,010,000 TZS

Average Hourly Wage in Tanzania

7,340 TZS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Tanzania is 7,340 TZS. This means that the average person in Tanzania earns approximately 7,340 TZS 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Dar es Salaam1,450,000 TZS
Dodoma1,210,000 TZS
Mwanza1,340,000 TZS
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