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Engineering Average Salaries in Uganda 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,210,000 UGX
( 26,500,000 UGX yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Uganda typically earns around 2,210,000 UGX per month. Salaries range from 702,000 UGX (lowest average) to 4,680,000 UGX (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 Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Assembly Engineering Technician1,770,000 UGX
Assistant Chief Engineer2,640,000 UGX
Associate Engineer2,170,000 UGX
Autocad Operator1,440,000 UGX
Automation Engineer2,460,000 UGX
Avionic System Support Engineer2,240,000 UGX
Biochemical Engineer2,260,000 UGX
BMS Engineer2,150,000 UGX
Bridge and Lock Tender1,220,000 UGX
Broadcast Engineer2,320,000 UGX
CAD Design Engineer2,440,000 UGX
CAD Designer1,520,000 UGX
CAE Engineer2,380,000 UGX
Ceramics Engineer2,210,000 UGX
Civil Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Commissioning Engineer2,240,000 UGX
Communications Engineer2,620,000 UGX
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,040,000 UGX
Contract Associate Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Control Systems Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Controls Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Controls Software Engineer2,130,000 UGX
Corrosion Engineer2,110,000 UGX
Design Engineer2,360,000 UGX
Drafter1,480,000 UGX
Drafting Manager2,790,000 UGX
Drilling Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Electrical Draughtsman1,200,000 UGX
Electrical Engineer2,670,000 UGX
Electrical Engineering Manager3,230,000 UGX
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist2,540,000 UGX
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,270,000 UGX
Energy Engineer2,540,000 UGX
Engine Assembler1,010,000 UGX
Engineer2,440,000 UGX
Engineering Account Manager2,700,000 UGX
Engineering Chief Designer2,550,000 UGX
Engineering Consultant3,200,000 UGX
Engineering Key Account Manager3,320,000 UGX
Engineering Lab Technician2,240,000 UGX
Engineering Planning Manager3,140,000 UGX
Engineering Production Manager4,310,000 UGX
Engineering Project Analyst2,690,000 UGX
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,670,000 UGX
Engineering Project Director4,800,000 UGX
Engineering Project Manager3,150,000 UGX
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,610,000 UGX
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,750,000 UGX
Engineering Sales Manager3,320,000 UGX
Engineering Technician1,750,000 UGX
Engineering Technologist1,750,000 UGX
Environmental Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Equipment Engineer2,210,000 UGX
Equipment Engineering Manager2,960,000 UGX
Estimator1,940,000 UGX
Fabrication Specialist1,640,000 UGX
Fabricator1,080,000 UGX
Facade Engineer2,240,000 UGX
Fiber Analyst1,330,000 UGX
Field Engineer2,400,000 UGX
Field Engineering Manager4,000,000 UGX
Fire Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Fitter and Turner760,000 UGX
Forestry Strategic Planner2,620,000 UGX
Generation Engineer2,280,000 UGX
Genetic Engineer2,670,000 UGX
Geological Engineer2,440,000 UGX
Geotechnical Engineer2,580,000 UGX
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,290,000 UGX
Highway Engineer2,240,000 UGX
HSE Professional2,150,000 UGX
HVAC Engineer2,460,000 UGX
HVAC Supervisor2,210,000 UGX
Industrial Engineer2,280,000 UGX
Industrial Engineering Technologist2,340,000 UGX
Instrument Engineer2,340,000 UGX
Instrumentation and Control Engineer2,280,000 UGX
Instrumentation Engineer2,340,000 UGX
Instrumentation Manager2,400,000 UGX
Irrigation Engineer2,360,000 UGX
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,540,000 UGX
Locomotive Engineer2,340,000 UGX
Maintenance Engineer2,110,000 UGX
Maintenance Fitter798,000 UGX
Maintenance Manager2,240,000 UGX
Manufacturing Engineer2,220,000 UGX
Marine Engineer2,380,000 UGX
Materials Engineer2,380,000 UGX
Materials Researcher2,090,000 UGX
Materials Technician1,680,000 UGX
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,600,000 UGX
Mechanical Design Engineer2,580,000 UGX
Mechanical Designer1,940,000 UGX
Mechanical Engineer2,390,000 UGX
Mechanical Engineering Manager3,240,000 UGX
Mechanical Inspector2,220,000 UGX
Mechatronics Engineer2,520,000 UGX
Mining Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,640,000 UGX
Optical Engineer2,190,000 UGX
Optical Instrument Assembler1,170,000 UGX
PCB Assembler839,000 UGX
Photonics Engineer2,670,000 UGX
Photonics Technician2,010,000 UGX
Pipeline Engineer2,110,000 UGX
Piping Designer1,280,000 UGX
Piping Engineer2,210,000 UGX
Planning Engineer2,400,000 UGX
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,150,000 UGX
Principal Cost Engineer2,460,000 UGX
Principal Engineer2,400,000 UGX
Principal Support Engineer2,460,000 UGX
Process Engineer2,220,000 UGX
Process Operator1,400,000 UGX
Product Development Engineer2,400,000 UGX
Product Development Technician1,760,000 UGX
Product Engineer2,460,000 UGX
Product Safety Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Production Engineer2,360,000 UGX
Project Engineer2,560,000 UGX
Proposal Manager2,980,000 UGX
Purchasing Engineer2,180,000 UGX
Quality Assurance Engineer2,220,000 UGX
Rail Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Robotics Engineer2,610,000 UGX
Robotics Technician1,940,000 UGX
Safety Engineer2,360,000 UGX
Safety Inspector1,790,000 UGX
Safety Manager2,730,000 UGX
Safety Officer1,240,000 UGX
Sales Engineer2,580,000 UGX
Scheduling Engineer2,050,000 UGX
Service Engineer2,420,000 UGX
Solar Engineer2,560,000 UGX
Staff Engineer2,280,000 UGX
Static Equipment Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Stationary Engineer2,190,000 UGX
Stress Engineer2,260,000 UGX
Structural Analysis Engineer2,200,000 UGX
Structural Designer1,980,000 UGX
Structural Engineer2,260,000 UGX
Structural Technician1,520,000 UGX
Supply Chain Specialist2,320,000 UGX
Surveyor1,690,000 UGX
Technical Affairs Officer1,170,000 UGX
Technical Assistant1,140,000 UGX
Technical Engineer1,990,000 UGX
Technical Support Engineer2,040,000 UGX
Tender Engineer2,010,000 UGX
Test Development Engineer2,320,000 UGX
Transportation Engineer2,300,000 UGX
Validation Engineer2,120,000 UGX
Verification Engineer2,130,000 UGX
Wastewater Engineer2,380,000 UGX
Wind Energy Engineer2,400,000 UGX
Wind Energy Operations Manager3,220,000 UGX
Work Planner1,700,000 UGX

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Uganda

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Uganda range from 702,000 UGX per month (minimum average salary) to 4,680,000 UGX per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,390,000 UGX per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,390,000 UGX while the other half are earning more than 2,390,000 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,390,000 UGX while 75% of them are earning more than 1,390,000 UGX. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,820,000 UGX while 25% are earning more than 3,820,000 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 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 Uganda costs anywhere from 13,100,000 Uganda Shilling(s) to 39,300,000 Uganda Shilling(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 Uganda 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 Uganda who work in Engineering earn 17% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,390,000 UGX
2,040,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Uganda for all Careers

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

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


Engineering professionals in Uganda are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Uganda 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.

Uganda / 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 Uganda is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Uganda for the year 2022. 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 Uganda

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Uganda 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.

61% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 39% 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 Uganda

12,800 UGX per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Uganda is 12,800 UGX. This means that the average person in Uganda earns approximately 12,800 UGX 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 Uganda
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kampala2,380,000 UGX

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 Uganda earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,330,000 UGX
Public Sector+25%
2,910,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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