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Human Resources Manager Average Salary in Zambia 2020

How much money does a Human Resources Manager make in Zambia?

Average Monthly Salary
8,930 ZMK
( 107,000 ZMK yearly)


A person working as a Human Resources Manager in Zambia typically earns around 8,930 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 4,200 ZMK (lowest) to 14,100 ZMK (highest).

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

Human Resources Manager Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Human Resources Manager salaries in Zambia range from 4,200 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 14,100 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,460 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 9,460 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 9,460 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 Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 6,150 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 6,150 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Human Resources Manager(s) are earning less than 12,500 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 12,500 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

Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Human Resources Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,840 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,670 ZMK per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,500 ZMK per month, 42% 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, Human Resources Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,600 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 12,200 ZMK per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 13,300 ZMK per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Human Resources Manager average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
4,840 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+38%
6,670 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+42%
9,500 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+22%
11,600 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+6%
12,200 ZMK
20+ Years+9%
13,300 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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Human Resources Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Human Resources Manager is 6,670 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 12,200 ZMK per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Human Resources Manager average salary difference by education level in Zambia

Bachelor's Degree
6,670 ZMK
Master's Degree+83%
12,200 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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Human Resources Manager 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 Human Resources Manager employees in Zambia earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

9,510 ZMK
8,460 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Human Resources Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

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

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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 2019

Information Technology

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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Human Resources Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zambia Human Resources Manager
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A Human Resources Manager is considered to be a high 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.

34% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 66% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Human Resources Manager Average Hourly Wage in Zambia

52 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 52 ZMK. This means that the average Human Resources Manager in Zambia earns approximately 52 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.

Human Resources Manager VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Human Resources Manager is 57% more than that of Human Resources. Also, Human Resources salaries are 5% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Benefits Administrator4,010 ZMK-55%
Benefits Analyst4,530 ZMK-49%
Benefits Manager7,990 ZMK-11%
Chief People Officer10,000 ZMK+12%
Compensation Analyst4,460 ZMK-50%
Compensation and Benefits Manager7,920 ZMK-11%
Compensation and Benefits Officer3,080 ZMK-66%
Compensation Manager7,860 ZMK-12%
Corporate Director of Human Resources10,100 ZMK+13%
Corporate Trainer4,710 ZMK-47%
Employee Benefits Administrator5,570 ZMK-38%
Employee Communications Manager6,670 ZMK-25%
Employee Development Specialist6,640 ZMK-26%
Employee Engagement Specialist6,160 ZMK-31%
Employee Health and Wellness Administrator6,190 ZMK-31%
Employee Performance Specialist4,680 ZMK-48%
Employee Relations Manager6,840 ZMK-23%
Employee Relations Practitioner6,900 ZMK-23%
Employee Services Manager6,450 ZMK-28%
Employment Advice Worker3,000 ZMK-66%
Employment Interviewer4,620 ZMK-48%
Employment Service Specialist3,960 ZMK-56%
Employment Services Coordinator4,360 ZMK-51%
Enrollment Counselor5,860 ZMK-34%
Equal Opportunity Representative4,940 ZMK-45%
Executive Human Capital Management9,620 ZMK+8%
Executive Recruiter6,790 ZMK-24%
Expatriate Administration Manager6,500 ZMK-27%
Expatriate Administration Supervisor4,610 ZMK-48%
Global Mobility Manager8,580 ZMK-4%
Headhunter6,350 ZMK-29%
Health Benefits Coordinator3,700 ZMK-59%
HRIS Analyst3,340 ZMK-63%
HRIS Manager5,520 ZMK-38%
HRIS Supervisor3,310 ZMK-63%
Human Resources Administration Specialist3,720 ZMK-58%
Human Resources Administrator4,060 ZMK-55%
Human Resources Advisor6,400 ZMK-28%
Human Resources Analyst5,300 ZMK-41%
Human Resources Assessor3,390 ZMK-62%
Human Resources Assistant Manager6,840 ZMK-23%
Human Resources Associate2,680 ZMK-70%
Human Resources Consultant7,110 ZMK-20%
Human Resources Data Analytics Manager5,690 ZMK-36%
Human Resources Generalist4,870 ZMK-45%
Human Resources Manager8,930 ZMK+0%
Human Resources Officer3,460 ZMK-61%
Human Resources Representative3,680 ZMK-59%
Human Resources Section Head5,940 ZMK-33%
Human Resources Superintendent3,480 ZMK-61%
Human Resources Training Executive6,920 ZMK-22%
Industrial Organizational Psychologist8,330 ZMK-7%
Job Evaluation Specialist6,140 ZMK-31%
Labor Relations Director7,770 ZMK-13%
Labor Relations Manager7,330 ZMK-18%
Labor Relations Specialist3,350 ZMK-62%
Learning and Development Manager8,410 ZMK-6%
Occupational Health and Safety Officer3,560 ZMK-60%
Organizational Development Consultant7,470 ZMK-16%
Organizational Development Manager7,780 ZMK-13%
Organizational Development Specialist4,090 ZMK-54%
Payroll Assistant3,120 ZMK-65%
Payroll Supervisor3,790 ZMK-58%
People Development Officer4,780 ZMK-46%
Personnel Officer2,730 ZMK-69%
Records Clerk2,540 ZMK-72%
Records Manager3,900 ZMK-56%
Recruiter6,930 ZMK-22%
Recruiting Coordinator3,400 ZMK-62%
Recruiting Manager9,070 ZMK+2%
Recruitment Consultant6,250 ZMK-30%
Recruitment Officer3,540 ZMK-60%
Recruitment Supervisor5,480 ZMK-39%
Research Associate3,190 ZMK-64%
SAP Resource Manager6,840 ZMK-23%
Talent Acquisition Specialist5,060 ZMK-43%
Talent Management Officer4,270 ZMK-52%
Training and Development Section Head6,900 ZMK-23%
Training Executive7,200 ZMK-19%
Training Officer3,180 ZMK-64%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka9,810 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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