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Average Salary in Thailand 2020

How much money does a person working in Thailand make?


Average Monthly Salary
96,900 THB
( 1,160,000 THB yearly)

LOW
24,500
THB
AVERAGE
96,900
THB
HIGH
433,000
THB

A person working in Thailand typically earns around 96,900 THB per month. Salaries range from 24,500 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 24,500 THB per month (minimum salary) to 433,000 THB per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 103,000 THB per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 103,000 THB while the other half are earning more than 103,000 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 57,300 THB while 75% of them are earning more than 57,300 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?

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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 485,000 Baht(s) to 1,450,000 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 11% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
103,000 THB
Female-10%
92,300 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Thailand

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

Thailand

Employees in Thailand are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Thailand
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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 Thailand is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Thailand 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%
Mid-Career
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 Thailand

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Thailand
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44% of surveyed staff in Thailand reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
56%
No Bonus
44%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant70,100 THB
Accounting Assistant55,700 THB
Accounting Manager144,000 THB
Bookkeeper47,200 THB
Chartered Accountant90,600 THB
Corporate Treasurer132,000 THB
Financial Analyst133,000 THB
Financial Manager188,000 THB
Internal Auditor93,200 THB

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant54,700 THB
Office Manager90,100 THB
Receptionist47,100 THB
Secretary44,800 THB

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director96,600 THB
Creative Director97,100 THB
Graphic Designer60,200 THB
Photographer54,700 THB

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer124,000 THB
Air Traffic Controller109,000 THB
Flight Attendant67,000 THB
Pilot163,000 THB

Architecture
Architect124,000 THB
CAD Drafter50,800 THB

Automotive
Mechanic36,800 THB
Service Advisor69,800 THB

Banking
Bank Branch Manager180,000 THB
Teller38,900 THB

Bilingual
Teacher75,600 THB
Translator90,600 THB

Business Planning
Business Analyst126,000 THB
Business Development Manager155,000 THB
Project Manager121,000 THB

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny41,800 THB
Nursery Teacher38,500 THB

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer88,500 THB
Construction Project Manager162,000 THB
Health and Safety Officer42,600 THB

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative38,500 THB
Customer Service Manager130,000 THB
Customer Service Representative36,600 THB

Engineering
Civil Engineer90,200 THB
Electrical Engineer101,000 THB
Engineer90,100 THB
Mechanical Engineer93,200 THB

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer221,000 THB
Chief Financial Officer204,000 THB
General Manager168,000 THB
Project Manager117,000 THB

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef62,000 THB
Executive Chef73,900 THB
Hotel Manager184,000 THB
Receptionist39,000 THB
Travel Agent62,100 THB
Waiter / Waitress31,500 THB

Health and Medical
Dentist239,000 THB
Dietitian198,000 THB
Laboratory Technician74,000 THB
Nurse79,600 THB

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager152,000 THB
Human Resources Officer58,300 THB

Information Technology
Computer Technician74,800 THB
Database Administrator103,000 THB
Developer / Programmer96,600 THB
Information Technology Manager168,000 THB
Network Engineer83,800 THB

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer60,400 THB

Legal
Attorney203,000 THB
Legal Assistant50,200 THB

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist116,000 THB

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer83,000 THB
Pharmacist133,000 THB

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier36,800 THB
Sales Manager165,000 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)112,000 THB
Chiang Mai107,000 THB

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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 on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
94,000 THB
Public Sector+7%
100,000 THB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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