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Librarian Average Salary in Zambia 2020

How much money does a Librarian make in Zambia?

Average Monthly Salary
3,960 ZMK
( 47,500 ZMK yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in Zambia typically earns around 3,960 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 1,940 ZMK (lowest) to 6,180 ZMK (highest).

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

Librarian Salary Distribution in Zambia

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Zambia range from 1,940 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 6,180 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,040 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 4,040 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 4,040 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 Librarian(s) are earning less than 2,690 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 2,690 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 5,210 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 5,210 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

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

A Librarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,300 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,960 ZMK per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 4,080 ZMK per month, 38% 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, Librarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,050 ZMK per month, 24% 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 5,410 ZMK per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,770 ZMK per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
2,300 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+29%
2,960 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+38%
4,080 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+24%
5,050 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+7%
5,410 ZMK
20+ Years+7%
5,770 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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Librarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Librarian is 3,250 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 4,990 ZMK per month, 53% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Zambia

Certificate or Diploma
3,250 ZMK
Bachelor's Degree+53%
4,990 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Librarian 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 Librarian employees in Zambia earn 9% less than their female counterparts on average.

3,730 ZMK
4,120 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

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


Librarian(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 29 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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Librarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

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

88% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 12% 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.

Librarian Average Hourly Wage in Zambia

23 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 23 ZMK. This means that the average Librarian in Zambia earns approximately 23 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.

Librarian VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Librarian is 38% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Advisor6,200 ZMK+57%
Academic Coach6,400 ZMK+62%
Academic Manager7,350 ZMK+86%
Academic Specialist5,780 ZMK+46%
Academic Staff4,720 ZMK+19%
Accompanist5,030 ZMK+27%
Achievement Coach6,460 ZMK+63%
Admissions Specialist5,390 ZMK+36%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher5,040 ZMK+27%
Anthropology Teacher5,250 ZMK+33%
Arabic Language Teacher4,810 ZMK+21%
Archeology Teacher5,160 ZMK+30%
Architecture Teacher5,850 ZMK+48%
Archivist4,220 ZMK+7%
Art Teacher4,450 ZMK+12%
Assistant School Principal6,790 ZMK+71%
Assistant Teacher4,200 ZMK+6%
Biochemistry Professor 8,940 ZMK+130%
Biology Teacher5,010 ZMK+27%
Bursary Scheme Manager5,900 ZMK+49%
Business Teacher5,180 ZMK+31%
Chemistry Teacher4,990 ZMK+26%
Child Care Coordinator4,850 ZMK+22%
Child Care Worker4,080 ZMK+3%
Clinical School Psychologist7,320 ZMK+85%
College Aide6,340 ZMK+60%
College and Career Readiness Specialist7,000 ZMK+77%
College President11,100 ZMK+180%
Communications Teacher4,970 ZMK+26%
Community Education Officer4,200 ZMK+6%
Computer Science Teacher4,570 ZMK+15%
Computer Teacher4,760 ZMK+20%
Creative Writing Trainer5,650 ZMK+43%
Credit Counselor5,900 ZMK+49%
Cultural Studies Teacher4,730 ZMK+19%
Curriculum Developer6,490 ZMK+64%
Curriculum Specialist6,530 ZMK+65%
Demonstrator4,410 ZMK+11%
Deputy Controller of Examinations6,100 ZMK+54%
Director of Learning Technology6,510 ZMK+64%
Distance Learning Coordinator5,390 ZMK+36%
Economics Lecturer8,210 ZMK+110%
Education Administrator5,440 ZMK+37%
Education Assistant Director6,510 ZMK+64%
Education Assistant Principal5,480 ZMK+38%
Education Assistant Professor7,340 ZMK+85%
Education Consultant7,010 ZMK+77%
Education Coordinator5,210 ZMK+32%
Education Counselor5,970 ZMK+51%
Education Director8,510 ZMK+110%
Education Program Specialist6,590 ZMK+66%
Education Researcher7,030 ZMK+78%
Education Resource Specialist5,570 ZMK+41%
Education Services Facilitator5,540 ZMK+40%
Educational Psychologist7,820 ZMK+97%
EFL Teacher5,120 ZMK+29%
eLearning Trainer4,530 ZMK+14%
Elementary School Teacher3,930 ZMK-1%
Engineering Lecturer8,100 ZMK+100%
Engineering Teacher7,050 ZMK+78%
English Teacher4,730 ZMK+19%
ESL Teacher4,920 ZMK+24%
Faculty Assistant6,490 ZMK+64%
Foreign Language Teacher4,700 ZMK+19%
GED Teacher4,360 ZMK+10%
Geography Teacher4,960 ZMK+25%
Head of Mathematics Department6,970 ZMK+76%
Head of School8,050 ZMK+100%
High School Teacher5,740 ZMK+45%
History Teacher5,190 ZMK+31%
Infant Teacher3,700 ZMK-7%
Instructional Assistant5,110 ZMK+29%
Instructor5,640 ZMK+42%
Kindergarten Teacher4,050 ZMK+2%
Language Instructor For Expatriate3,960 ZMK=
Law Teacher6,970 ZMK+76%
Learning Designer5,880 ZMK+48%
Lecturer8,790 ZMK+120%
Librarian3,960 ZMK=
Library Assistant3,400 ZMK-14%
Library Director5,940 ZMK+50%
Library Specialist4,550 ZMK+15%
Life Sciences Teacher4,940 ZMK+25%
Math Lecturer9,430 ZMK+140%
Mathematics Teacher5,600 ZMK+41%
Mentor5,360 ZMK+35%
Middle School Teacher5,030 ZMK+27%
Music Teacher4,540 ZMK+15%
Nursery Manager7,170 ZMK+81%
Nursery Worker3,100 ZMK-22%
Paraprofessional7,050 ZMK+78%
Physical Education Specialist5,410 ZMK+37%
Physical Education Teacher4,550 ZMK+15%
Physics Teacher 5,120 ZMK+29%
Political Science Teacher5,020 ZMK+27%
Post Doctoral Researcher8,240 ZMK+110%
Preschool Education Administrator5,820 ZMK+47%
Preschool Teacher4,120 ZMK+4%
Primary School Teacher4,330 ZMK+9%
Principal6,960 ZMK+76%
Product Specialist5,630 ZMK+42%
Professor - Accounting9,020 ZMK+130%
Professor - Architecture9,550 ZMK+140%
Professor - Biology8,730 ZMK+120%
Professor - Business Administration8,870 ZMK+120%
Professor - Chemical Engineering9,170 ZMK+130%
Professor - Chemistry9,410 ZMK+140%
Professor - Civil Engineering8,230 ZMK+110%
Professor - Communication8,520 ZMK+120%
Professor - Computer Science9,340 ZMK+140%
Professor - Dentistry9,190 ZMK+130%
Professor - Drama8,810 ZMK+120%
Professor - Economics8,960 ZMK+130%
Professor - Education9,210 ZMK+130%
Professor - Electrical Engineering9,980 ZMK+150%
Professor - English8,540 ZMK+120%
Professor - Environmental Engineering9,520 ZMK+140%
Professor - Foreign Languages8,330 ZMK+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences8,990 ZMK+130%
Professor - History8,550 ZMK+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering8,850 ZMK+120%
Professor - Law10,000 ZMK+150%
Professor - Legal Support8,410 ZMK+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts9,160 ZMK+130%
Professor - Marketing9,180 ZMK+130%
Professor - Mathematics9,440 ZMK+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering9,620 ZMK+140%
Professor - Medical Administration9,140 ZMK+130%
Professor - Medicine10,700 ZMK+170%
Professor - Music8,550 ZMK+120%
Professor - Nursing8,290 ZMK+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences9,100 ZMK+130%
Professor - Philosophy8,660 ZMK+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy9,490 ZMK+140%
Professor - Physics10,200 ZMK+160%
Professor - Psychology8,740 ZMK+120%
Professor - Rehabilitation8,500 ZMK+110%
Professor - Social Work7,870 ZMK+99%
Professor - Sociology8,970 ZMK+130%
Professor - Special Education8,600 ZMK+120%
Psychology Teacher7,500 ZMK+89%
Public Management Assistant Professor7,770 ZMK+96%
School Counselor6,590 ZMK+66%
Science Educator4,990 ZMK+26%
Science Laboratory Assistant4,460 ZMK+13%
Science Teacher5,200 ZMK+31%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher4,970 ZMK+26%
Secondary School Teacher4,660 ZMK+18%
Special Education Teacher5,180 ZMK+31%
Special Needs Assistant4,390 ZMK+11%
Statistics Lecturer8,680 ZMK+120%
Student Accounts Coordinator4,970 ZMK+26%
Student Development Specialist5,870 ZMK+48%
Student Employment Specialist5,810 ZMK+47%
Student Services4,550 ZMK+15%
Student Support Manager6,120 ZMK+55%
Substitute Teacher4,110 ZMK+4%
Teacher4,350 ZMK+10%
Teacher Aide4,090 ZMK+3%
Teacher Trainer5,810 ZMK+47%
Training and Development Specialist6,540 ZMK+65%
Training Coordinator4,300 ZMK+9%
Tutor4,890 ZMK+23%
University Teacher8,280 ZMK+110%
Vocational Education Teacher4,830 ZMK+22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka4,560 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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