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Personal Assistant Average Salary in Zambia 2022

How much money does a Personal Assistant make in Zambia?

Average Monthly Salary
3,010 ZMK
( 36,100 ZMK yearly)


A person working as a Personal Assistant in Zambia typically earns around 3,010 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 1,390 ZMK (lowest) to 4,790 ZMK (highest).

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

Personal Assistant Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Personal Assistant salaries in Zambia range from 1,390 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 4,790 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,250 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 3,250 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 3,250 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 Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 2,090 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,090 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Personal Assistant(s) are earning less than 4,340 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 4,340 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

Personal Assistant 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 Personal Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Personal Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,570 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,100 ZMK 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 3,100 ZMK 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, Personal Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,780 ZMK 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 4,120 ZMK 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 4,470 ZMK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Personal Assistant average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
1,570 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,100 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,100 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+22%
3,780 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,120 ZMK
20+ Years+8%
4,470 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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Personal Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Personal Assistant(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 Personal Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Personal Assistant is 1,790 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,810 ZMK per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,720 ZMK per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Personal Assistant average salary difference by education level in Zambia

High School
1,790 ZMK
Certificate or Diploma+57%
2,810 ZMK
Bachelor's Degree+68%
4,720 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Personal Assistant 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 Personal Assistant employees in Zambia earn 14% less than their female counterparts on average.

2,780 ZMK
3,250 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Personal Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

How much are annual salary increments in Zambia for Personal Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 30 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 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zambia for the year 2021. 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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Personal Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zambia Personal Assistant
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A Personal Assistant is considered to be a low 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.

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.

Personal Assistant Average Hourly Wage in Zambia

17 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 17 ZMK. This means that the average Personal Assistant in Zambia earns approximately 17 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.

Personal Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Personal Assistant and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Zambia
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The average salary for Personal Assistant is 15% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist6,740 ZMK+120%
Administrative Aide2,350 ZMK-22%
Administrative Analyst4,590 ZMK+52%
Administrative Assistant3,140 ZMK+4%
Administrative Associate2,960 ZMK-2%
Administrative Manager4,950 ZMK+64%
Administrative Receptionist2,750 ZMK-9%
Board Secretary2,970 ZMK-1%
Central Office Operator2,890 ZMK-4%
Clerk2,030 ZMK-33%
Commercial Administrator4,450 ZMK+48%
Commissions Processor3,790 ZMK+26%
Conveyancing Secretary2,690 ZMK-11%
Document Controller2,700 ZMK-10%
Document Management Specialist3,920 ZMK+30%
Executive Assistant3,390 ZMK+13%
Executive Personal Assistant3,800 ZMK+26%
Executive Secretary3,360 ZMK+12%
Front Desk Attendant2,940 ZMK-2%
Front Desk Coordinator3,770 ZMK+25%
Front Desk Manager4,940 ZMK+64%
Group Services Manager7,960 ZMK+160%
Head Receptionist3,550 ZMK+18%
Key Account Assistant3,650 ZMK+21%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,040 ZMK-32%
Leasing Administrator3,860 ZMK+28%
Legal Secretary3,080 ZMK+2%
Librarian3,870 ZMK+29%
Mailroom Manager3,290 ZMK+9%
Management Support Secretary3,120 ZMK+4%
Master Programme Coordinator6,060 ZMK+100%
Medical Receptionist3,230 ZMK+7%
Meeting and Event Assistant3,470 ZMK+15%
Meeting and Event Manager7,160 ZMK+140%
Night Manager4,710 ZMK+56%
Office Administrator4,910 ZMK+63%
Office Assistant2,030 ZMK-33%
Office Manager5,440 ZMK+81%
Office Services Coordinator4,080 ZMK+36%
Operations Analyst6,380 ZMK+110%
Operations Manager8,010 ZMK+170%
Personal Assistant3,010 ZMK-0%
Planning Assistant3,690 ZMK+23%
Process Expert4,730 ZMK+57%
Program Coordinator4,220 ZMK+40%
Programme Assistant3,930 ZMK+31%
Project Administrator5,270 ZMK+75%
Project Coordinator6,550 ZMK+120%
Reception Team Lead3,680 ZMK+22%
Receptionist2,790 ZMK-7%
Records Officer2,620 ZMK-13%
Schedule Officer2,150 ZMK-29%
School Secretary2,900 ZMK-4%
Secretary2,730 ZMK-9%
Switchboard Operator2,420 ZMK-20%
Technical Program Manager6,950 ZMK+130%
Technical Project Manager7,520 ZMK+150%
Typist2,410 ZMK-20%
Wayleave Officer2,050 ZMK-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka3,390 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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