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Animator Average Salary in Zambia 2023

How much money does an Animator make in Zambia?

Average Monthly Salary
4,200 ZMK
( 50,400 ZMK yearly)


A person working as an Animator in Zambia typically earns around 4,200 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 2,140 ZMK (lowest) to 6,470 ZMK (highest).

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

Animator Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Animator salaries in Zambia range from 2,140 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 6,470 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,120 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Animator(s) are earning less than 4,120 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 4,120 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 Animator(s) are earning less than 2,820 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,820 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Animator(s) are earning less than 5,190 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 5,190 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

Animator 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 Animator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Animator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,400 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,140 ZMK per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,390 ZMK per month, 40% 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, Animator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,280 ZMK per month, 20% 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 5,730 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 6,190 ZMK per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Animator average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
2,400 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+31%
3,140 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+40%
4,390 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+20%
5,280 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,730 ZMK
20+ Years+8%
6,190 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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Animator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Animator is 2,880 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,310 ZMK per month, 15% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,650 ZMK per month, 41% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 5,990 ZMK per month, 29% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Animator average salary difference by education level in Zambia

High School
2,880 ZMK
Certificate or Diploma+15%
3,310 ZMK
Bachelor's Degree+41%
4,650 ZMK
Master's Degree+29%
5,990 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Animator 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 Animator employees in Zambia earn 15% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,500 ZMK
3,930 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Animator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

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


Animator(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 28 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 2022

Information Technology

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

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Animator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

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

89% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 11% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Animator Average Hourly Wage in Zambia

24 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 24 ZMK. This means that the average Animator in Zambia earns approximately 24 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.

Animator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Animator and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Zambia
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The average salary for Animator is 26% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive6,710 ZMK+60%
Advertising Account Manager7,380 ZMK+76%
Advertising Account Planner3,540 ZMK-16%
Advertising Coordinator4,990 ZMK+19%
Advertising Manager9,510 ZMK+130%
Advertising Operations Manager10,200 ZMK+140%
Advertising Strategic Planner6,560 ZMK+56%
Advertising Team Leader5,870 ZMK+40%
Animator4,200 ZMK+0%
Art Director6,020 ZMK+43%
Artist5,150 ZMK+23%
Artworker3,550 ZMK-15%
Assistant Art Director4,470 ZMK+6%
Audiosual Technician3,450 ZMK-18%
Broadcast Administrator6,450 ZMK+54%
Catering Sales3,760 ZMK-10%
Catering Trainer4,560 ZMK+9%
Commercial and Industrial Designer3,560 ZMK-15%
Conference Organiser4,450 ZMK+6%
Content and Media Production Lead6,580 ZMK+57%
CopyWriter3,910 ZMK-7%
Creative Designer4,510 ZMK+7%
Creative Director5,990 ZMK+43%
Designer 3,430 ZMK-18%
Desktop Publisher2,740 ZMK-35%
Director of Graphic Design5,390 ZMK+28%
Events and Promotions Manager9,640 ZMK+130%
Exhibit Display Coordinator4,750 ZMK+13%
Exhibit Display Manager5,970 ZMK+42%
Finisher3,190 ZMK-24%
Graphic Artist3,710 ZMK-12%
Graphic Designer3,850 ZMK-8%
Graphics Design Supervisor5,270 ZMK+26%
Imagery Analyst3,450 ZMK-18%
Imaging Technologist3,600 ZMK-14%
Interaction Designer3,190 ZMK-24%
Media Planner4,750 ZMK+13%
Media Production Coordinator4,630 ZMK+10%
Media Production Manager7,860 ZMK+87%
Media Project Manager8,230 ZMK+96%
Media Relations Representative6,620 ZMK+58%
Media Sales Executive7,800 ZMK+86%
Multimedia Specialist3,600 ZMK-14%
Photographer3,340 ZMK-20%
PPC Campaign Manager6,210 ZMK+48%
Print Production Manager6,860 ZMK+63%
Product and Brand Manager9,320 ZMK+120%
Sales Promotion Manager9,470 ZMK+130%
Sketch Artist4,430 ZMK+6%
Social Media Executive7,760 ZMK+85%
Technical Typist2,680 ZMK-36%
User Experience UX Designer4,150 ZMK-1%
UX Designer3,490 ZMK-17%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka4,660 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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