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Driver Average Salary in Uganda 2023

How much money does a person working as Driver make in Uganda?

Average Monthly Salary
760,000 UGX
( 9,120,000 UGX yearly)


A person working as Driver in Uganda typically earns around 760,000 UGX per month. Salaries range from 350,000 UGX (lowest) to 1,210,000 UGX (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Driver salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Driver Pay Scale and Salaries in Uganda

Median and salary distribution Uganda Driver monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
721,000 UGX or more
10% of people earn
632,000 to 721,000 UGX
20% of people earn
435,000 UGX or less
65% of people earn
435,000 to 632,000 UGX
Minimum Salary

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Driver salaries in Uganda range from 350,000 UGX per month (starting salary) to 1,210,000 UGX per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 726,000 UGX per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Driver(s) are earning less than 726,000 UGX while the other half are earning more than 726,000 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Driver(s) are earning less than 586,000 UGX while 75% of them are earning more than 586,000 UGX. Also from the diagram, 75% of Driver(s) are earning less than 837,000 UGX while 25% are earning more than 837,000 UGX.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 435,000 UGX to 632,000 UGX. Approximatly 20% fall under the 435,000 UGX cap. Ten percent of wages are from 632,000 UGX to 721,000 UGX. Only 5% of people grossed 721,000 UGX or more.

Driver Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Driver average salary change by experience in Uganda

0 - 2 Years
397,000 UGX
2 - 5 Years+34%
530,000 UGX
5 - 10 Years+48%
783,000 UGX
10 - 15 Years+22%
955,000 UGX
15 - 20 Years+9%
1,040,000 UGX
20+ Years+8%
1,130,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Uganda Driver
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Driver salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 397,000 UGX per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 530,000 UGX per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 783,000 UGX per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Driver whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 955,000 UGX per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 1,040,000 UGX per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 1,130,000 UGX per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Driver Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Driver(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Driver average salary difference by education level in Uganda

High School
453,000 UGX
Certificate or Diploma+57%
710,000 UGX
Bachelor's Degree+68%
1,190,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Uganda Driver
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Driver salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary is 453,000 UGX per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 710,000 UGX per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 1,190,000 UGX per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Driver

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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 Driver employees in Uganda earn 17% more than their female counterparts on average.

820,000 UGX
700,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Uganda for all Careers

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Driver Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Uganda

How much are annual salary increments in Uganda for Driver(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Driver(s) in Uganda are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 3% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 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.

Uganda / All Professions

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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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Driver Bonus and Incentive Rates in Uganda

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Uganda Driver
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"Driver" is considered to be a low bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

85% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 15% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Driver Salary Trend and Forecast in Uganda

How are Driver salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
657,000 UGX
Average Salary 2020+4%
682,000 UGX
Average Salary 2021+4%
707,000 UGX
Average Salary 2022+4%
733,000 UGX
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Driver salaries in Uganda are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Driver Average Hourly Wage in Uganda

4,380 UGX per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Uganda is 4,380 UGX. This means that the average Driver in Uganda earns approximately 4,380 UGX for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Driver' in Uganda is 2,020 UGX. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Driver VS Other Jobs

760,000 UGX
1,020,000 UGX
2,620,000 UGX
Average Salary
Average Salary
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Driver is 26% less than that of Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers. Also, Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers salaries are 61% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Driver and Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers monthly Uganda
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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bus Driver840,000 UGX+11%
CDL Driver936,000 UGX+23%
CDL Truck Driver936,000 UGX+23%
Chauffeur1,030,000 UGX+36%
Courier Coordinator1,250,000 UGX+64%
Courier Sales Manager1,950,000 UGX+160%
Deck Officer858,000 UGX+13%
Delivery Driver741,000 UGX-3%
Delivery Specialist1,030,000 UGX+36%
Delivery Supervisor1,160,000 UGX+53%
Dispatcher738,000 UGX-3%
Driver760,000 UGX=
Driving Instructor1,010,000 UGX+33%
Goods Receiving Expediter841,000 UGX+11%
Limousine Driver950,000 UGX+25%
Parking Inspector980,000 UGX+29%
School Bus Driver943,000 UGX+24%
Shuttle Driver841,000 UGX+11%
Taxi Driver798,000 UGX+5%
Third Officer820,000 UGX+8%
Train Driver878,000 UGX+16%
Tram Driver839,000 UGX+10%
Transport Officer840,000 UGX+11%
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor1,240,000 UGX+63%
Transportation Manager3,120,000 UGX+310%
Truck Driver861,000 UGX+13%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kampala861,000 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Driver in Uganda?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 726,000 UGX and 837,000 UGX. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Driver in Uganda is ranges from 586,000 UGX to 837,000 UGX. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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