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Power Plant Operator Average Salary in Zambia 2020

How much money does a Power Plant Operator make in Zambia?


Average Monthly Salary
4,540 ZMK
( 54,400 ZMK yearly)

LOW
2,450
ZMK
AVERAGE
4,540
ZMK
HIGH
6,850
ZMK

A person working as a Power Plant Operator in Zambia typically earns around 4,540 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 2,450 ZMK (lowest) to 6,850 ZMK (highest).

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

Power Plant Operator Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Power Plant Operator salaries in Zambia range from 2,450 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 6,850 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,170 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 4,170 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 4,170 ZMK. 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 Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 2,980 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,980 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Power Plant Operator(s) are earning less than 5,070 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 5,070 ZMK.


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

Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Power Plant Operator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Power Plant Operator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,850 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,590 ZMK per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,740 ZMK per month, 32% 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, Power Plant Operator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,570 ZMK per month, 18% 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 6,170 ZMK per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 6,560 ZMK per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Power Plant Operator average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
2,850 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+26%
3,590 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+32%
4,740 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+18%
5,570 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+11%
6,170 ZMK
20+ Years+6%
6,560 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Power Plant Operator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Power Plant Operator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Power Plant Operator is 3,590 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 4,910 ZMK per month, 37% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,320 ZMK per month, 29% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.


Power Plant Operator average salary difference by education level in Zambia

High School
3,590 ZMK
Certificate or Diploma+37%
4,910 ZMK
Bachelor's Degree+29%
6,320 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Power Plant Operator 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 Power Plant Operator employees in Zambia earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
4,690 ZMK
Female-8%
4,330 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Power Plant Operator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

How much are annual salary increments in Zambia for Power Plant Operator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operator(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 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.

Zambia / 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 Zambia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zambia 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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Power Plant Operator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zambia Power Plant Operator
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A Power Plant Operator is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
33%
No Bonus
67%

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.

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.

Power Plant Operator Average Hourly Wage in Zambia


26 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 26 ZMK. This means that the average Power Plant Operator in Zambia earns approximately 26 ZMK 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.

Power Plant Operator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Power Plant Operator and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Zambia
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The average salary for Power Plant Operator is 16% less than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assistant Yard Manager5,130 ZMK+13%
Associate Analyst5,760 ZMK+27%
Associate Landman2,420 ZMK-47%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator2,170 ZMK-52%
Biomass Plant Technician2,820 ZMK-38%
Biomass Power Plant Manager7,650 ZMK+69%
Chemical Plant Operator4,310 ZMK-5%
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer5,500 ZMK+21%
Completions Engineer5,180 ZMK+14%
Cost Controller3,950 ZMK-13%
Crude Oil Marketing Representative5,960 ZMK+31%
Dispatcher2,420 ZMK-47%
Distribution Manager7,970 ZMK+76%
Dragline Operator2,540 ZMK-44%
Driller Offsider1,940 ZMK-57%
Dump Truck Driver2,110 ZMK-53%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager12,300 ZMK+170%
Energy Advisor8,050 ZMK+77%
Energy Analyst7,630 ZMK+68%
Energy Auditor7,010 ZMK+55%
Energy Dispatch Director9,700 ZMK+110%
Energy Technical Assistant3,270 ZMK-28%
Energy Technical Manager6,520 ZMK+44%
Energy Technical Trainer4,780 ZMK+5%
Exploration Manager9,280 ZMK+100%
Field Safety Auditor6,180 ZMK+36%
Fluids Engineer5,550 ZMK+22%
Fuel Cell Engineer5,790 ZMK+28%
Fuel Cell Technician2,880 ZMK-37%
Fuels Handler2,580 ZMK-43%
Gas Compressor Operator2,390 ZMK-47%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator4,620 ZMK+2%
Gas Supply Manager8,770 ZMK+93%
Geologist9,800 ZMK+120%
Geophysicist10,100 ZMK+120%
Geothermal Production Manager9,730 ZMK+110%
Geothermal Technician3,760 ZMK-17%
HSE Engineer5,390 ZMK+19%
HSE Officer3,420 ZMK-25%
HSEQ Administrator3,750 ZMK-17%
Inspector5,080 ZMK+12%
Instructor4,510 ZMK-1%
Instrument Designer4,390 ZMK-3%
Lead Technical Field Advisor6,870 ZMK+51%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator4,670 ZMK+3%
Maintenance Engineer5,470 ZMK+21%
Maintenance Superintendent4,860 ZMK+7%
Material Controller3,610 ZMK-20%
Mine Engineer5,500 ZMK+21%
Mine Surveyor5,920 ZMK+31%
Mining Project Administrator4,740 ZMK+4%
Mining Project Assistant3,880 ZMK-14%
Mining Project Controls Consultant6,390 ZMK+41%
Mining Project Coordinator4,840 ZMK+7%
Mining Project Engineer5,130 ZMK+13%
Mining Project Manager6,980 ZMK+54%
Mining Site Manager7,200 ZMK+59%
Mining Team Leader6,120 ZMK+35%
NDT Technician3,330 ZMK-27%
Oil Service Unit Operator2,960 ZMK-35%
Oil Trader7,070 ZMK+56%
Oilwell Pumper2,020 ZMK-55%
Petroleum Engineer 6,190 ZMK+36%
Petroleum Geologist10,100 ZMK+120%
Petroleum Pump System Operator2,990 ZMK-34%
Pipeline Technician2,030 ZMK-55%
Power Coordinator3,520 ZMK-22%
Power Plant Operations Manager10,800 ZMK+140%
Power Plant Operator4,540 ZMK+0%
Radio Operator2,330 ZMK-49%
Reliability Engineer5,660 ZMK+25%
Reservoir Engineer5,130 ZMK+13%
Risk Analyst6,560 ZMK+45%
Roughneck5,850 ZMK+29%
Scaffolder3,590 ZMK-21%
Shutdown Engineer4,490 ZMK-1%
Solar Energy Installation Manager7,970 ZMK+76%
Solar Energy Systems Engineer5,850 ZMK+29%
Solar Photovoltaic Installer3,480 ZMK-23%
Solar Thermal Technician3,450 ZMK-24%
Supply Operations Manager8,780 ZMK+94%
Sustainability Specialist8,800 ZMK+94%
System Development Advisor6,070 ZMK+34%
Tanker Truck Driver2,130 ZMK-53%
Utility Operator2,930 ZMK-35%
Wind Energy Project Manager7,600 ZMK+68%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka4,750 ZMK

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 Zambia earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
5,580 ZMK
Public Sector+17%
6,540 ZMK
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