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Average Salary in Tonga 2020

How much money does a person working in Tonga make?


Average Monthly Salary
3,200 TOP
( 38,300 TOP yearly)

LOW
430
TOP
AVERAGE
3,200
TOP
HIGH
14,100
TOP

A person working in Tonga typically earns around 3,200 TOP per month. Salaries range from 430 TOP (lowest average) to 14,100 TOP (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 Tonga

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Tonga range from 430 TOP per month (minimum salary) to 14,100 TOP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,000 TOP per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 3,000 TOP while the other half are earning more than 3,000 TOP. 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 1,550 TOP while 75% of them are earning more than 1,550 TOP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 8,060 TOP while 25% are earning more than 8,060 TOP.


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?

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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 Tonga costs anywhere from 16,000 Paanga(s) to 47,900 Paanga(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 Tonga earn 22% more than their female counterparts.

Female
2,810 TOP
Male+22%
3,420 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Tonga

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

Tonga

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

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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 Tonga is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Tonga
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68% of surveyed staff in Tonga reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
32%
No Bonus
68%

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.

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 Tonga earn 18% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
2,880 TOP
Public Sector+18%
3,390 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Tonga

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Tonga
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Average Salary 2016
2,890 TOP
Average Salary 2017+4%
2,990 TOP
Average Salary 2018+2%
3,040 TOP
Average Salary 2019+2%
3,110 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Tonga 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
Accountant2,220 TOP
Accounting Assistant2,180 TOP
Accounting Manager4,130 TOP
Bookkeeper1,660 TOP
Chartered Accountant2,750 TOP
Corporate Treasurer5,530 TOP
Financial Analyst3,320 TOP
Financial Manager6,340 TOP
Internal Auditor3,460 TOP

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant1,680 TOP
Office Manager2,270 TOP
Receptionist2,270 TOP
Secretary1,730 TOP

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director3,190 TOP
Creative Director3,390 TOP
Graphic Designer2,280 TOP
Photographer2,100 TOP

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer3,410 TOP
Air Traffic Controller3,240 TOP
Flight Attendant2,800 TOP
Pilot3,820 TOP

Architecture
Architect2,920 TOP
CAD Drafter2,360 TOP

Automotive
Mechanic1,730 TOP
Service Advisor2,680 TOP

Banking
Bank Branch Manager4,690 TOP
Teller2,230 TOP

Bilingual
Teacher2,390 TOP
Translator2,750 TOP

Business Planning
Business Analyst3,890 TOP
Business Development Manager5,030 TOP
Project Manager3,720 TOP

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny1,970 TOP
Nursery Teacher2,280 TOP

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer2,800 TOP
Construction Project Manager3,630 TOP
Health and Safety Officer2,010 TOP

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,160 TOP
Customer Service Manager4,380 TOP
Customer Service Representative2,380 TOP

Engineering
Electrical Engineer3,210 TOP
Engineer3,060 TOP
Mechanical Engineer3,220 TOP

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer7,400 TOP
Chief Financial Officer6,420 TOP
General Manager5,840 TOP

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef2,560 TOP
Executive Chef2,860 TOP
Hotel Manager4,980 TOP
Travel Agent2,740 TOP
Waiter / Waitress1,860 TOP

Health and Medical
Dentist7,580 TOP
Dietitian7,120 TOP
Laboratory Technician2,480 TOP
Nurse2,610 TOP

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager4,320 TOP
Human Resources Officer2,750 TOP

Information Technology
Computer Technician2,560 TOP
Database Administrator3,160 TOP
Developer / Programmer2,970 TOP
Information Technology Manager4,640 TOP
Network Engineer2,690 TOP

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer2,610 TOP

Legal
Attorney4,590 TOP
Legal Assistant2,320 TOP

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist3,270 TOP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer2,830 TOP
Pharmacist3,740 TOP

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,810 TOP
Sales Manager4,980 TOP
Sales Representative2,110 TOP

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher2,160 TOP
Secondary School Teacher2,700 TOP

Average Hourly Wage in Tonga


18 TOP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Tonga is 18 TOP. This means that the average person in Tonga earns approximately 18 TOP 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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