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Engineering Average Salaries in Tonga 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Tonga?

Average Monthly Salary
1,540 TOP
( 18,400 TOP yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Tonga typically earns around 1,540 TOP per month. Salaries range from 490 TOP (lowest average) to 3,250 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer1,600 TOP
Assembly Engineering Technician1,280 TOP
Assistant Chief Engineer1,890 TOP
Associate Engineer1,440 TOP
Autocad Operator1,040 TOP
Automation Engineer1,850 TOP
Avionic System Support Engineer1,630 TOP
Biochemical Engineer1,550 TOP
BMS Engineer1,470 TOP
Bridge and Lock Tender910 TOP
Broadcast Engineer1,690 TOP
CAD Design Engineer1,760 TOP
CAD Designer1,090 TOP
CAE Engineer1,660 TOP
Ceramics Engineer1,570 TOP
Civil Engineer1,640 TOP
Commissioning Engineer1,650 TOP
Communications Engineer1,720 TOP
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,460 TOP
Contract Associate Engineer1,580 TOP
Control Systems Engineer1,630 TOP
Controls Engineer1,560 TOP
Controls Software Engineer1,490 TOP
Corrosion Engineer1,520 TOP
Design Engineer1,650 TOP
Drafter1,050 TOP
Drafting Manager1,960 TOP
Drilling Engineer1,600 TOP
Electrical Draughtsman810 TOP
Electrical Engineer1,840 TOP
Electrical Engineering Manager2,450 TOP
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,830 TOP
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler910 TOP
Energy Engineer1,760 TOP
Engine Assembler730 TOP
Engineer1,830 TOP
Engineering Account Manager1,860 TOP
Engineering Chief Designer1,880 TOP
Engineering Consultant2,280 TOP
Engineering Key Account Manager2,370 TOP
Engineering Lab Technician1,550 TOP
Engineering Planning Manager2,200 TOP
Engineering Production Manager3,050 TOP
Engineering Project Analyst2,010 TOP
Engineering Project Coordinator 1,940 TOP
Engineering Project Director3,420 TOP
Engineering Project Manager2,260 TOP
Engineering Research and Development Manager2,610 TOP
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,310 TOP
Engineering Sales Manager2,270 TOP
Engineering Technician1,250 TOP
Engineering Technologist1,240 TOP
Environmental Engineer1,570 TOP
Equipment Engineer1,490 TOP
Equipment Engineering Manager2,190 TOP
Estimator1,390 TOP
Fabrication Specialist1,190 TOP
Fabricator780 TOP
Facade Engineer1,560 TOP
Fiber Analyst980 TOP
Field Engineer1,760 TOP
Field Engineering Manager2,910 TOP
Fire Engineer1,700 TOP
Fitter and Turner550 TOP
Forestry Strategic Planner1,860 TOP
Generation Engineer1,640 TOP
Genetic Engineer1,910 TOP
Geological Engineer1,700 TOP
Geotechnical Engineer1,690 TOP
Heavy Equipment Mechanic870 TOP
Highway Engineer1,610 TOP
HSE Professional1,580 TOP
HVAC Engineer1,750 TOP
HVAC Supervisor1,520 TOP
Industrial Engineer1,610 TOP
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,560 TOP
Instrument Engineer1,560 TOP
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,640 TOP
Instrumentation Engineer1,600 TOP
Instrumentation Manager1,700 TOP
Irrigation Engineer1,660 TOP
Licensed Aircraft Engineer1,860 TOP
Locomotive Engineer1,530 TOP
Maintenance Engineer1,630 TOP
Maintenance Fitter570 TOP
Maintenance Manager1,650 TOP
Manufacturing Engineer1,540 TOP
Marine Engineer1,640 TOP
Materials Engineer1,620 TOP
Materials Researcher1,490 TOP
Materials Technician1,230 TOP
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer1,760 TOP
Mechanical Design Engineer1,730 TOP
Mechanical Designer1,430 TOP
Mechanical Engineer1,800 TOP
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,410 TOP
Mechanical Inspector1,570 TOP
Mechatronics Engineer1,770 TOP
Mining Engineer1,650 TOP
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer1,760 TOP
Optical Engineer1,570 TOP
Optical Instrument Assembler830 TOP
PCB Assembler630 TOP
Photonics Engineer1,850 TOP
Photonics Technician1,530 TOP
Pipeline Engineer1,550 TOP
Piping Designer940 TOP
Piping Engineer1,460 TOP
Planning Engineer1,740 TOP
Pressure Vessel Inspector790 TOP
Principal Cost Engineer1,610 TOP
Principal Engineer1,600 TOP
Principal Support Engineer1,630 TOP
Process Engineer1,620 TOP
Process Operator990 TOP
Product Development Engineer1,740 TOP
Product Development Technician1,150 TOP
Product Engineer1,770 TOP
Product Safety Engineer1,640 TOP
Production Engineer1,710 TOP
Project Engineer1,830 TOP
Proposal Manager2,180 TOP
Purchasing Engineer1,480 TOP
Quality Assurance Engineer1,580 TOP
Rail Engineer1,630 TOP
Robotics Engineer1,830 TOP
Robotics Technician1,350 TOP
Safety Engineer1,650 TOP
Safety Inspector1,320 TOP
Safety Manager1,900 TOP
Safety Officer820 TOP
Sales Engineer1,700 TOP
Scheduling Engineer1,480 TOP
Service Engineer1,660 TOP
Solar Engineer1,700 TOP
Staff Engineer1,670 TOP
Static Equipment Engineer1,600 TOP
Stationary Engineer1,560 TOP
Stress Engineer1,500 TOP
Structural Analysis Engineer1,610 TOP
Structural Designer1,490 TOP
Structural Engineer1,640 TOP
Structural Technician1,090 TOP
Supply Chain Specialist1,670 TOP
Surveyor1,290 TOP
Technical Affairs Officer830 TOP
Technical Assistant880 TOP
Technical Engineer1,410 TOP
Technical Support Engineer1,460 TOP
Tender Engineer1,450 TOP
Test Development Engineer1,550 TOP
Transportation Engineer1,590 TOP
Validation Engineer1,490 TOP
Verification Engineer1,630 TOP
Wastewater Engineer1,570 TOP
Wind Energy Engineer1,660 TOP
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,220 TOP
Work Planner1,130 TOP

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Tonga

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Tonga range from 490 TOP per month (minimum average salary) to 3,250 TOP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,630 TOP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,630 TOP while the other half are earning more than 1,630 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 950 TOP while 75% of them are earning more than 950 TOP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,590 TOP while 25% are earning more than 2,590 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?

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 Tonga costs anywhere from 9,110 Paanga(s) to 27,300 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Tonga Engineering
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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 who work in Engineering earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,650 TOP
1,450 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Tonga for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Tonga
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Tonga

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


Engineering professionals in Tonga are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Tonga Engineering
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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.

Tonga / All Professions

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 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Tonga for the year 2021. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Tonga

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Tonga Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

62% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 38% 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
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.

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Tonga

9 TOP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Tonga is 9 TOP. This means that the average person in Tonga earns approximately 9 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Tonga
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Tonga earn 18% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,640 TOP
Public Sector+18%
1,930 TOP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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