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Average Salary in Vietnam 2020

How much money does a person working in Vietnam make?


Average Monthly Salary
17,400,000 VND
( 208,000,000 VND yearly)

LOW
2,350,000
VND
AVERAGE
17,400,000
VND
HIGH
76,900,000
VND

A person working in Vietnam typically earns around 17,400,000 VND per month. Salaries range from 2,350,000 VND (lowest average) to 76,900,000 VND (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 Vietnam

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Vietnam range from 2,350,000 VND per month (minimum salary) to 76,900,000 VND per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,300,000 VND per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 16,300,000 VND while the other half are earning more than 16,300,000 VND. 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 8,400,000 VND while 75% of them are earning more than 8,400,000 VND. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 43,800,000 VND while 25% are earning more than 43,800,000 VND.


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 Vietnam costs anywhere from 86,800,000 Dong(s) to 260,000,000 Dong(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Vietnam
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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 Vietnam earn 17% more than their female counterparts.

Female
15,700,000 VND
Male+17%
18,300,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Vietnam

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

Vietnam

Employees in Vietnam are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 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 Vietnam is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Vietnam 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%
Mid-Career
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 Vietnam

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Vietnam
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51% of surveyed staff in Vietnam reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
49%
No Bonus
51%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Vietnam earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
16,600,000 VND
Public Sector+8%
17,900,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Vietnam

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Vietnam
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Average Salary 2016
15,700,000 VND
Average Salary 2017+4%
16,300,000 VND
Average Salary 2018+2%
16,500,000 VND
Average Salary 2019+2%
16,900,000 VND
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Vietnam are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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
Accountant11,400,000 VND
Accounting Assistant11,400,000 VND
Accounting Manager22,400,000 VND
Bookkeeper9,080,000 VND
Chartered Accountant15,200,000 VND
Corporate Treasurer30,100,000 VND
Financial Analyst18,300,000 VND
Financial Manager34,700,000 VND
Internal Auditor18,200,000 VND

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant9,260,000 VND
Office Manager11,700,000 VND
Receptionist9,470,000 VND
Secretary9,590,000 VND

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director16,200,000 VND
Creative Director17,800,000 VND
Graphic Designer11,800,000 VND
Photographer11,300,000 VND

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer18,500,000 VND
Air Traffic Controller17,900,000 VND
Flight Attendant14,200,000 VND
Pilot21,200,000 VND

Architecture
Architect16,300,000 VND
CAD Drafter12,900,000 VND

Automotive
Mechanic8,860,000 VND
Service Advisor14,300,000 VND

Banking
Bank Branch Manager26,200,000 VND
Teller11,500,000 VND

Bilingual
Teacher12,900,000 VND
Translator15,200,000 VND

Business Planning
Business Analyst19,900,000 VND
Business Development Manager26,400,000 VND
Project Manager20,400,000 VND

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny10,500,000 VND
Nursery Teacher12,600,000 VND

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer15,000,000 VND
Construction Project Manager19,400,000 VND
Health and Safety Officer10,900,000 VND

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative11,700,000 VND
Customer Service Manager22,900,000 VND
Customer Service Representative12,600,000 VND

Engineering
Civil Engineer15,100,000 VND
Electrical Engineer16,500,000 VND
Engineer16,300,000 VND
Mechanical Engineer16,700,000 VND

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer38,000,000 VND
Chief Financial Officer34,500,000 VND
General Manager30,500,000 VND
Project Manager19,200,000 VND

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef13,900,000 VND
Executive Chef14,600,000 VND
Hotel Manager26,300,000 VND
Receptionist12,300,000 VND
Travel Agent14,400,000 VND
Waiter / Waitress10,000,000 VND

Health and Medical
Dentist41,700,000 VND
Dietitian38,900,000 VND
Laboratory Technician12,800,000 VND
Nurse13,500,000 VND

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager23,500,000 VND
Human Resources Officer14,500,000 VND

Information Technology
Computer Technician13,400,000 VND
Database Administrator17,400,000 VND
Developer / Programmer15,700,000 VND
Information Technology Manager25,800,000 VND
Network Engineer14,500,000 VND

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer13,600,000 VND

Legal
Attorney25,400,000 VND
Legal Assistant11,800,000 VND

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist17,100,000 VND

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer14,800,000 VND
Pharmacist19,500,000 VND

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier10,100,000 VND
Sales Manager27,400,000 VND
Sales Representative10,700,000 VND

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher11,700,000 VND
Secondary School Teacher14,000,000 VND

Average Hourly Wage in Vietnam


100,000 VND per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Vietnam is 100,000 VND. This means that the average person in Vietnam earns approximately 100,000 VND 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Da Nang17,600,000 VND
Ha Noi18,800,000 VND
Hai Phong16,300,000 VND
Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh19,700,000 VND
19947534 - 475

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