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Average Salary in Thailand 2020

How much money does a person working in Thailand make?


Average Monthly Salary
97,700 THB
( 1,170,000 THB yearly)

LOW
13,200
THB
AVERAGE
97,700
THB
HIGH
433,000
THB

A person working in Thailand typically earns around 97,700 THB per month. Salaries range from 13,200 THB (lowest average) to 433,000 THB (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 Thailand

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Thailand range from 13,200 THB per month (minimum salary) to 433,000 THB per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 104,000 THB per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 104,000 THB while the other half are earning more than 104,000 THB. 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 52,500 THB while 75% of them are earning more than 52,500 THB. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 284,000 THB while 25% are earning more than 284,000 THB.


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 Thailand costs anywhere from 488,000 Baht(s) to 1,470,000 Baht(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 Thailand
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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 Thailand earn 16% more than their female counterparts.

Female
91,200 THB
Male+16%
106,000 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

Private Sector
94,700 THB
Public Sector+7%
101,000 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Thailand

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Thailand
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Average Salary 2016
86,000 THB
Average Salary 2017+4%
89,100 THB
Average Salary 2018+3%
92,200 THB
Average Salary 2019+3%
95,000 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Thailand are on the rise 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant68,600 THB
Accounting Assistant67,000 THB
Accounting Manager126,000 THB
Bookkeeper53,300 THB
Chartered Accountant86,800 THB
Corporate Treasurer172,000 THB
Financial Analyst108,000 THB
Financial Manager190,000 THB
Internal Auditor101,000 THB

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant54,700 THB
Office Manager71,200 THB
Receptionist54,000 THB
Secretary53,500 THB

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director95,200 THB
Creative Director99,300 THB
Graphic Designer65,700 THB
Photographer66,600 THB

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer106,000 THB
Air Traffic Controller100,000 THB
Flight Attendant83,800 THB
Pilot112,000 THB

Architecture
Architect93,200 THB
CAD Drafter74,700 THB

Automotive
Mechanic51,500 THB
Service Advisor79,600 THB

Banking
Bank Branch Manager145,000 THB
Teller69,900 THB

Bilingual
Teacher75,600 THB
Translator86,800 THB

Business Planning
Business Analyst120,000 THB
Business Development Manager147,000 THB
Project Manager112,000 THB

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny63,500 THB
Nursery Teacher73,100 THB

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer85,600 THB
Construction Project Manager115,000 THB
Health and Safety Officer60,300 THB

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative70,500 THB
Customer Service Manager126,000 THB
Customer Service Representative68,300 THB

Engineering
Civil Engineer88,800 THB
Electrical Engineer101,000 THB
Engineer86,500 THB
Mechanical Engineer96,200 THB

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer221,000 THB
Chief Financial Officer203,000 THB
General Manager168,000 THB
Project Manager117,000 THB

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef80,900 THB
Executive Chef89,800 THB
Hotel Manager151,000 THB
Receptionist75,500 THB
Travel Agent80,100 THB
Waiter / Waitress60,100 THB

Health and Medical
Dentist239,000 THB
Dietitian229,000 THB
Laboratory Technician74,000 THB
Nurse80,400 THB

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager139,000 THB
Human Resources Officer78,900 THB

Information Technology
Computer Technician74,800 THB
Database Administrator103,000 THB
Developer / Programmer86,700 THB
Information Technology Manager146,000 THB
Network Engineer83,800 THB

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer79,200 THB

Legal
Attorney150,000 THB
Legal Assistant68,100 THB

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist101,000 THB

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer83,000 THB
Pharmacist117,000 THB

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier55,200 THB
Sales Manager149,000 THB
Sales Representative63,100 THB

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher70,500 THB
Secondary School Teacher80,500 THB

Average Hourly Wage in Thailand


560 THB per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Thailand is 560 THB. This means that the average person in Thailand earns approximately 560 THB 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
Bangkok (Krung Thep)113,000 THB
Chiang Mai108,000 THB
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