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Average Salary in Benin 2020

How much money does a person working in Benin make?

Average Monthly Salary
428,000 XOF
( 5,140,000 XOF yearly)


A person working in Benin typically earns around 428,000 XOF per month. Salaries range from 58,000 XOF (lowest average) to 1,900,000 XOF (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 Benin

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Benin range from 58,000 XOF per month (minimum salary) to 1,900,000 XOF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 428,000 XOF per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 428,000 XOF while the other half are earning more than 428,000 XOF. 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 219,000 XOF while 75% of them are earning more than 219,000 XOF. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 1,160,000 XOF while 25% are earning more than 1,160,000 XOF.

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 Benin costs anywhere from 2,140,000 CFA Franc BCEAO(s) to 6,420,000 CFA Franc BCEAO(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 Benin earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

410,000 XOF
442,000 XOF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Benin

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


Employees in Benin are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% 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.

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 Benin is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Benin
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65% of surveyed staff in Benin reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

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 Benin earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
411,000 XOF
Public Sector+7%
441,000 XOF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Benin

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

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Average Salary 2016
387,000 XOF
Average Salary 2017+4%
401,000 XOF
Average Salary 2018+2%
411,000 XOF
Average Salary 2019+1%
417,000 XOF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Benin are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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
Accountant294,000 XOF
Accounting Assistant289,000 XOF
Accounting Manager553,000 XOF
Bookkeeper219,000 XOF
Chartered Accountant374,000 XOF
Corporate Treasurer771,000 XOF
Financial Analyst471,000 XOF
Financial Manager876,000 XOF
Internal Auditor452,000 XOF

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant239,000 XOF
Office Manager312,000 XOF
Receptionist323,000 XOF
Secretary242,000 XOF

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director429,000 XOF
Creative Director428,000 XOF
Graphic Designer295,000 XOF
Photographer303,000 XOF

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer460,000 XOF
Air Traffic Controller438,000 XOF
Flight Attendant364,000 XOF
Pilot509,000 XOF

Architect401,000 XOF
CAD Drafter331,000 XOF

Mechanic218,000 XOF
Service Advisor342,000 XOF

Bank Branch Manager616,000 XOF
Teller306,000 XOF

Teacher323,000 XOF
Translator374,000 XOF

Business Planning
Business Analyst495,000 XOF
Business Development Manager635,000 XOF
Project Manager511,000 XOF

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny276,000 XOF
Nursery Teacher323,000 XOF

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer405,000 XOF
Construction Project Manager507,000 XOF
Health and Safety Officer268,000 XOF

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative305,000 XOF
Customer Service Manager587,000 XOF
Customer Service Representative290,000 XOF

Electrical Engineer425,000 XOF
Engineer371,000 XOF
Mechanical Engineer421,000 XOF

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer933,000 XOF
Chief Financial Officer927,000 XOF
General Manager783,000 XOF

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef359,000 XOF
Executive Chef366,000 XOF
Hotel Manager616,000 XOF
Travel Agent358,000 XOF
Waiter / Waitress271,000 XOF

Health and Medical
Dentist1,030,000 XOF
Dietitian939,000 XOF
Laboratory Technician324,000 XOF
Nurse356,000 XOF

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager609,000 XOF
Human Resources Officer357,000 XOF

Information Technology
Computer Technician323,000 XOF
Database Administrator449,000 XOF
Developer / Programmer363,000 XOF
Information Technology Manager613,000 XOF
Network Engineer387,000 XOF

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer355,000 XOF

Attorney653,000 XOF
Legal Assistant300,000 XOF

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist434,000 XOF

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer381,000 XOF
Pharmacist482,000 XOF

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier253,000 XOF
Sales Manager644,000 XOF
Sales Representative274,000 XOF

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher305,000 XOF
Secondary School Teacher366,000 XOF

Average Hourly Wage in Benin

2,470 XOF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Benin is 2,470 XOF. This means that the average person in Benin earns approximately 2,470 XOF 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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