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Engineering Average Salaries in Zambia 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
5,060 ZMK
( 60,800 ZMK yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Zambia typically earns around 5,060 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 1,610 ZMK (lowest average) to 10,700 ZMK (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 Engineer5,230 ZMK
Assembly Engineering Technician4,000 ZMK
Assistant Chief Engineer6,050 ZMK
Associate Engineer4,730 ZMK
Autocad Operator3,250 ZMK
Automation Engineer5,740 ZMK
Avionic System Support Engineer5,150 ZMK
Biochemical Engineer4,710 ZMK
BMS Engineer4,890 ZMK
Bridge and Lock Tender2,780 ZMK
Broadcast Engineer5,210 ZMK
CAD Design Engineer5,330 ZMK
CAD Designer3,370 ZMK
CAE Engineer5,120 ZMK
Ceramics Engineer4,670 ZMK
Civil Engineer5,500 ZMK
Commissioning Engineer4,950 ZMK
Communications Engineer5,990 ZMK
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,670 ZMK
Contract Associate Engineer4,800 ZMK
Control Systems Engineer5,290 ZMK
Controls Engineer5,110 ZMK
Controls Software Engineer4,470 ZMK
Corrosion Engineer4,740 ZMK
Design Engineer5,680 ZMK
Drafter3,300 ZMK
Drafting Manager6,320 ZMK
Drilling Engineer5,100 ZMK
Electrical Draughtsman2,780 ZMK
Electrical Engineer6,010 ZMK
Electrical Engineering Manager7,420 ZMK
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,540 ZMK
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler2,820 ZMK
Energy Engineer5,600 ZMK
Engine Assembler2,280 ZMK
Engineer5,690 ZMK
Engineering Account Manager6,280 ZMK
Engineering Chief Designer6,260 ZMK
Engineering Consultant7,500 ZMK
Engineering Key Account Manager7,830 ZMK
Engineering Lab Technician5,210 ZMK
Engineering Planning Manager7,620 ZMK
Engineering Production Manager9,300 ZMK
Engineering Project Analyst5,960 ZMK
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,340 ZMK
Engineering Project Director11,300 ZMK
Engineering Project Manager7,510 ZMK
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,190 ZMK
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,000 ZMK
Engineering Sales Manager7,290 ZMK
Engineering Technician4,160 ZMK
Engineering Technologist3,950 ZMK
Environmental Engineer4,980 ZMK
Equipment Engineer4,840 ZMK
Equipment Engineering Manager7,290 ZMK
Estimator4,730 ZMK
Fabrication Specialist3,800 ZMK
Fabricator2,540 ZMK
Facade Engineer5,130 ZMK
Fiber Analyst3,080 ZMK
Field Engineer5,420 ZMK
Field Engineering Manager9,200 ZMK
Fire Engineer5,250 ZMK
Fitter and Turner1,750 ZMK
Forestry Strategic Planner6,070 ZMK
Generation Engineer5,300 ZMK
Genetic Engineer5,920 ZMK
Geological Engineer5,280 ZMK
Geotechnical Engineer5,470 ZMK
Heavy Equipment Mechanic2,970 ZMK
Highway Engineer5,340 ZMK
HSE Professional4,730 ZMK
HVAC Engineer5,940 ZMK
HVAC Supervisor4,740 ZMK
Industrial Engineer5,080 ZMK
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,230 ZMK
Instrument Engineer5,000 ZMK
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,270 ZMK
Instrumentation Engineer5,170 ZMK
Instrumentation Manager5,180 ZMK
Irrigation Engineer5,340 ZMK
Licensed Aircraft Engineer5,570 ZMK
Locomotive Engineer5,340 ZMK
Maintenance Engineer4,870 ZMK
Maintenance Fitter1,950 ZMK
Maintenance Manager5,110 ZMK
Manufacturing Engineer5,210 ZMK
Marine Engineer5,130 ZMK
Materials Engineer5,220 ZMK
Materials Researcher4,720 ZMK
Materials Technician3,790 ZMK
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,550 ZMK
Mechanical Design Engineer5,780 ZMK
Mechanical Designer4,420 ZMK
Mechanical Engineer5,910 ZMK
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,350 ZMK
Mechanical Inspector5,110 ZMK
Mechatronics Engineer5,890 ZMK
Mining Engineer5,310 ZMK
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer5,620 ZMK
Optical Engineer5,210 ZMK
Optical Instrument Assembler2,830 ZMK
PCB Assembler1,860 ZMK
Photonics Engineer5,870 ZMK
Photonics Technician4,990 ZMK
Pipeline Engineer5,020 ZMK
Piping Designer2,810 ZMK
Piping Engineer4,940 ZMK
Planning Engineer5,650 ZMK
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,460 ZMK
Principal Cost Engineer5,210 ZMK
Principal Engineer5,130 ZMK
Principal Support Engineer5,360 ZMK
Process Engineer5,320 ZMK
Process Operator3,120 ZMK
Product Development Engineer5,270 ZMK
Product Development Technician3,730 ZMK
Product Engineer5,500 ZMK
Product Safety Engineer5,100 ZMK
Production Engineer5,550 ZMK
Project Engineer5,830 ZMK
Proposal Manager6,910 ZMK
Purchasing Engineer5,050 ZMK
Quality Assurance Engineer5,150 ZMK
Rail Engineer5,460 ZMK
Robotics Engineer6,300 ZMK
Robotics Technician4,300 ZMK
Safety Engineer5,110 ZMK
Safety Inspector3,960 ZMK
Safety Manager6,250 ZMK
Safety Officer2,650 ZMK
Sales Engineer5,760 ZMK
Scheduling Engineer4,770 ZMK
Service Engineer5,380 ZMK
Solar Engineer5,470 ZMK
Staff Engineer5,160 ZMK
Static Equipment Engineer5,100 ZMK
Stationary Engineer4,990 ZMK
Stress Engineer4,790 ZMK
Structural Analysis Engineer5,270 ZMK
Structural Designer4,760 ZMK
Structural Engineer4,970 ZMK
Structural Technician3,400 ZMK
Supply Chain Specialist5,060 ZMK
Surveyor4,090 ZMK
Technical Affairs Officer2,620 ZMK
Technical Assistant2,690 ZMK
Technical Engineer4,570 ZMK
Technical Support Engineer4,670 ZMK
Tender Engineer4,800 ZMK
Test Development Engineer5,360 ZMK
Transportation Engineer5,060 ZMK
Validation Engineer4,950 ZMK
Verification Engineer5,150 ZMK
Wastewater Engineer5,300 ZMK
Wind Energy Engineer5,450 ZMK
Wind Energy Operations Manager6,730 ZMK
Work Planner3,620 ZMK

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Zambia range from 1,610 ZMK per month (minimum average salary) to 10,700 ZMK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,060 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 5,060 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 5,060 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,000 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 3,000 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 7,890 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 7,890 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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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 Zambia costs anywhere from 30,000 Zambian Kwacha(s) to 90,000 Zambian Kwacha(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 Zambia 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 Zambia who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,200 ZMK
4,900 ZMK
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Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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

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


Engineering professionals in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Zambia 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.

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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zambia for the year 2020. 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 Zambia

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

65% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

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 Zambia

29 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 29 ZMK. This means that the average person in Zambia earns approximately 29 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Zambia
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka5,850 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
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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