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Average Salary in Uganda 2020

How much money does a person working in Uganda make?

Average Monthly Salary
1,320,000 UGX
( 15,900,000 UGX yearly)


A person working in Uganda typically earns around 1,320,000 UGX per month. Salaries range from 179,000 UGX (lowest) to 5,850,000 UGX (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Uganda

Median and salary distribution monthly Uganda

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Uganda range between 179,000 UGX per month (minimum salary) to 5,850,000 UGX per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,370,000 UGX per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,370,000 UGX while the other half are earning more than 1,370,000 UGX. 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 699,000 UGX while 75% of them are earning more than 699,000 UGX. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,900,000 UGX while 25% are earning more than 3,900,000 UGX.

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Uganda

How are Uganda salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Uganda
Average Salary 2016
1,140,000 UGX
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,180,000 UGX
Average Salary 2018+4%
1,230,000 UGX
Average Salary 2019+4%
1,270,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Uganda are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant900,000 UGX
Accounting Assistant888,000 UGX
Accounting Manager1,710,000 UGX
Bookkeeper700,000 UGX
Chartered Accountant1,090,000 UGX
Corporate Treasurer2,280,000 UGX
Financial Analyst1,350,000 UGX
Financial Manager2,730,000 UGX
Internal Auditor1,300,000 UGX

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant683,000 UGX
Office Manager917,000 UGX
Receptionist942,000 UGX
Secretary717,000 UGX

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,300,000 UGX
Creative Director1,320,000 UGX
Graphic Designer917,000 UGX
Photographer855,000 UGX

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,450,000 UGX
Air Traffic Controller1,380,000 UGX
Flight Attendant1,180,000 UGX
Pilot1,500,000 UGX

Architect1,200,000 UGX
CAD Drafter1,000,000 UGX

Mechanic683,000 UGX
Service Advisor1,080,000 UGX

Bank Branch Manager1,890,000 UGX
Teller900,000 UGX

Teacher1,040,000 UGX
Translator1,090,000 UGX

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,620,000 UGX
Business Development Manager1,950,000 UGX
Project Manager1,500,000 UGX

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny850,000 UGX
Nursery Teacher903,000 UGX

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,140,000 UGX
Construction Project Manager1,530,000 UGX
Health and Safety Officer808,000 UGX

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative871,000 UGX
Customer Service Manager1,710,000 UGX
Customer Service Representative933,000 UGX

Electrical Engineer1,330,000 UGX
Engineer1,170,000 UGX
Mechanical Engineer1,240,000 UGX

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer2,930,000 UGX
Chief Financial Officer2,610,000 UGX
General Manager2,280,000 UGX

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,080,000 UGX
Executive Chef1,110,000 UGX
Hotel Manager1,920,000 UGX
Travel Agent1,030,000 UGX
Waiter / Waitress780,000 UGX

Health and Medical
Dentist3,010,000 UGX
Dietitian3,000,000 UGX
Laboratory Technician950,000 UGX
Nurse1,020,000 UGX

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager1,880,000 UGX
Human Resources Officer1,110,000 UGX

Information Technology
Computer Technician991,000 UGX
Database Administrator1,280,000 UGX
Developer / Programmer1,200,000 UGX
Information Technology Manager1,920,000 UGX
Network Engineer1,180,000 UGX

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer998,000 UGX

Attorney1,870,000 UGX
Legal Assistant950,000 UGX

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,330,000 UGX

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,130,000 UGX
Pharmacist1,460,000 UGX

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier731,000 UGX
Sales Manager2,080,000 UGX
Sales Representative888,000 UGX

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher871,000 UGX
Secondary School Teacher1,110,000 UGX

Average Hourly Wage in Uganda

7,620 UGX per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Uganda is 7,620 UGX. This means that the average person in Uganda earns approximatly 7,620 UGX for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kampala1,420,000 UGX
4675904 - 69

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