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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Salaries in Zambia 2023

How much money does a person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining make in Zambia?

Average Monthly Salary
5,400 ZMK
( 64,800 ZMK yearly)


A person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining in Zambia typically earns around 5,400 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 1,960 ZMK (lowest average) to 12,500 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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
Assistant Yard Manager5,130 ZMK
Associate Analyst5,760 ZMK
Associate Landman2,420 ZMK
Auxiliary Equipment Operator2,170 ZMK
Biomass Plant Technician2,820 ZMK
Biomass Power Plant Manager7,650 ZMK
Chemical Plant Operator4,310 ZMK
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer5,500 ZMK
Completions Engineer5,180 ZMK
Cost Controller3,950 ZMK
Crude Oil Marketing Representative5,960 ZMK
Dispatcher2,420 ZMK
Distribution Manager7,970 ZMK
Dragline Operator2,540 ZMK
Driller Offsider1,940 ZMK
Dump Truck Driver2,110 ZMK
Electric and Gas Operations Manager12,300 ZMK
Energy Advisor8,050 ZMK
Energy Analyst7,630 ZMK
Energy Auditor7,010 ZMK
Energy Dispatch Director9,700 ZMK
Energy Technical Assistant3,270 ZMK
Energy Technical Manager6,520 ZMK
Energy Technical Trainer4,780 ZMK
Exploration Manager9,280 ZMK
Field Safety Auditor6,180 ZMK
Fluids Engineer5,550 ZMK
Fuel Cell Engineer5,790 ZMK
Fuel Cell Technician2,880 ZMK
Fuels Handler2,580 ZMK
Gas Compressor Operator2,390 ZMK
Gas Distribution Plant Operator4,620 ZMK
Gas Supply Manager8,770 ZMK
Geologist9,800 ZMK
Geophysicist10,100 ZMK
Geothermal Production Manager9,730 ZMK
Geothermal Technician3,760 ZMK
HSE Engineer5,390 ZMK
HSE Officer3,420 ZMK
HSEQ Administrator3,750 ZMK
Inspector5,080 ZMK
Instructor4,510 ZMK
Instrument Designer4,390 ZMK
Lead Technical Field Advisor6,870 ZMK
Logistics and Tool Coordinator4,670 ZMK
Maintenance Engineer5,470 ZMK
Maintenance Superintendent4,860 ZMK
Material Controller3,610 ZMK
Mine Engineer5,500 ZMK
Mine Surveyor5,920 ZMK
Mining Project Administrator4,740 ZMK
Mining Project Assistant3,880 ZMK
Mining Project Controls Consultant6,390 ZMK
Mining Project Coordinator4,840 ZMK
Mining Project Engineer5,130 ZMK
Mining Project Manager6,980 ZMK
Mining Site Manager7,200 ZMK
Mining Team Leader6,120 ZMK
NDT Technician3,330 ZMK
Oil Service Unit Operator2,960 ZMK
Oil Trader7,070 ZMK
Oilwell Pumper2,020 ZMK
Petroleum Engineer 6,190 ZMK
Petroleum Geologist10,100 ZMK
Petroleum Pump System Operator2,990 ZMK
Pipeline Technician2,030 ZMK
Power Coordinator3,520 ZMK
Power Plant Operations Manager10,800 ZMK
Power Plant Operator4,540 ZMK
Radio Operator2,330 ZMK
Reliability Engineer5,660 ZMK
Reservoir Engineer5,130 ZMK
Risk Analyst6,560 ZMK
Roughneck5,850 ZMK
Scaffolder3,590 ZMK
Shutdown Engineer4,490 ZMK
Solar Energy Installation Manager7,970 ZMK
Solar Energy Systems Engineer5,850 ZMK
Solar Photovoltaic Installer3,480 ZMK
Solar Thermal Technician3,450 ZMK
Supply Operations Manager8,780 ZMK
Sustainability Specialist8,800 ZMK
System Development Advisor6,070 ZMK
Tanker Truck Driver2,130 ZMK
Utility Operator2,930 ZMK
Wind Energy Project Manager7,600 ZMK

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Zambia

Median and salary distribution Zambia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
6,240 ZMK or more
10% of people earn
5,180 to 6,240 ZMK
20% of people earn
2,840 ZMK or less
65% of people earn
2,840 to 5,180 ZMK
Minimum Salary
1,960 ZMK
4,940 ZMK
12,500 ZMK

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries in Zambia range from 1,960 ZMK per month (starting average salary) to 12,500 ZMK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,940 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 4,940 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 4,940 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 and Salary Scale

    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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 3,790 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 3,790 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 6,170 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 6,170 ZMK.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 2,840 ZMK to 5,180 ZMK. Approximatly 20% fall under the 2,840 ZMK cap. Ten percent of wages are from 5,180 ZMK to 6,240 ZMK. Only 5% of people grossed 6,240 ZMK or more.

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.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining

Salary comparison by gender Zambia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly
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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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,620 ZMK
5,090 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Zambia
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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

How much are annual salary increments in Zambia for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 26 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Zambia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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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

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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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zambia for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zambia Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

64% of surveyed staff in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Salary Forecast and Trend in Zambia

How do Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
4,800 ZMK
Average Salary 2020+4%
4,970 ZMK
Average Salary 2021+3%
5,110 ZMK
Average Salary 2022+2%
5,210 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries in Zambia are rising in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Hourly Average Wage in Zambia

31 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 31 ZMK. This means that the average person in Zambia earns approximately 31 ZMK for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Zambia is 11 ZMK. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining VS Other Jobs

5,400 ZMK
6,000 ZMK
Average Salary
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining is 10% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Zambia
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka6,240 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

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining in Zambia?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 4,940 ZMK and 6,170 ZMK. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining in Zambia is ranges from 3,790 ZMK to 6,170 ZMK. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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