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Engineering Average Salaries in Zimbabwe 2023

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Zimbabwe?

Average Monthly Salary
183,000 ZWD
( 2,200,000 ZWD yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Zimbabwe typically earns around 183,000 ZWD per month. Salaries range from 58,100 ZWD (lowest average) to 387,000 ZWD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer181,000 ZWD
Assembly Engineering Technician152,000 ZWD
Assistant Chief Engineer208,000 ZWD
Associate Engineer180,000 ZWD
Autocad Operator124,000 ZWD
Automation Engineer199,000 ZWD
Avionic System Support Engineer180,000 ZWD
Biochemical Engineer176,000 ZWD
BMS Engineer175,000 ZWD
Bridge and Lock Tender105,000 ZWD
Broadcast Engineer187,000 ZWD
CAD Design Engineer194,000 ZWD
CAD Designer123,000 ZWD
CAE Engineer187,000 ZWD
Ceramics Engineer178,000 ZWD
Civil Engineer190,000 ZWD
Commissioning Engineer196,000 ZWD
Communications Engineer215,000 ZWD
Condition Monitoring Engineer161,000 ZWD
Contract Associate Engineer179,000 ZWD
Control Systems Engineer180,000 ZWD
Controls Engineer191,000 ZWD
Controls Software Engineer169,000 ZWD
Corrosion Engineer180,000 ZWD
Design Engineer197,000 ZWD
Drafter115,000 ZWD
Drafting Manager222,000 ZWD
Drilling Engineer195,000 ZWD
Electrical Draughtsman99,400 ZWD
Electrical Engineer208,000 ZWD
Electrical Engineering Manager284,000 ZWD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist202,000 ZWD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler103,000 ZWD
Energy Engineer200,000 ZWD
Engine Assembler84,500 ZWD
Engineer198,000 ZWD
Engineering Account Manager227,000 ZWD
Engineering Chief Designer218,000 ZWD
Engineering Consultant252,000 ZWD
Engineering Key Account Manager282,000 ZWD
Engineering Lab Technician188,000 ZWD
Engineering Planning Manager256,000 ZWD
Engineering Production Manager345,000 ZWD
Engineering Project Analyst216,000 ZWD
Engineering Project Coordinator 231,000 ZWD
Engineering Project Director377,000 ZWD
Engineering Project Manager263,000 ZWD
Engineering Research and Development Manager303,000 ZWD
Engineering Safety Coordinator152,000 ZWD
Engineering Sales Manager257,000 ZWD
Engineering Technician146,000 ZWD
Engineering Technologist144,000 ZWD
Environmental Engineer191,000 ZWD
Equipment Engineer168,000 ZWD
Equipment Engineering Manager254,000 ZWD
Estimator161,000 ZWD
Fabrication Specialist142,000 ZWD
Fabricator86,300 ZWD
Facade Engineer185,000 ZWD
Fiber Analyst106,000 ZWD
Field Engineer209,000 ZWD
Field Engineering Manager321,000 ZWD
Fire Engineer202,000 ZWD
Fitter and Turner61,000 ZWD
Forestry Strategic Planner216,000 ZWD
Generation Engineer191,000 ZWD
Genetic Engineer216,000 ZWD
Geological Engineer208,000 ZWD
Geotechnical Engineer211,000 ZWD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic98,900 ZWD
Highway Engineer187,000 ZWD
HSE Professional187,000 ZWD
HVAC Engineer208,000 ZWD
HVAC Supervisor172,000 ZWD
Industrial Engineer178,000 ZWD
Industrial Engineering Technologist177,000 ZWD
Instrument Engineer190,000 ZWD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer195,000 ZWD
Instrumentation Engineer195,000 ZWD
Instrumentation Manager192,000 ZWD
Irrigation Engineer187,000 ZWD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer205,000 ZWD
Locomotive Engineer192,000 ZWD
Maintenance Engineer189,000 ZWD
Maintenance Fitter66,200 ZWD
Maintenance Manager191,000 ZWD
Manufacturing Engineer183,000 ZWD
Marine Engineer199,000 ZWD
Materials Engineer184,000 ZWD
Materials Researcher173,000 ZWD
Materials Technician146,000 ZWD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer199,000 ZWD
Mechanical Design Engineer195,000 ZWD
Mechanical Designer165,000 ZWD
Mechanical Engineer208,000 ZWD
Mechanical Engineering Manager259,000 ZWD
Mechanical Inspector187,000 ZWD
Mechatronics Engineer195,000 ZWD
Mining Engineer196,000 ZWD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer219,000 ZWD
Optical Engineer182,000 ZWD
Optical Instrument Assembler99,100 ZWD
PCB Assembler67,400 ZWD
Photonics Engineer209,000 ZWD
Photonics Technician178,000 ZWD
Pipeline Engineer167,000 ZWD
Piping Designer104,000 ZWD
Piping Engineer182,000 ZWD
Planning Engineer192,000 ZWD
Pressure Vessel Inspector89,000 ZWD
Principal Cost Engineer201,000 ZWD
Principal Engineer195,000 ZWD
Principal Support Engineer203,000 ZWD
Process Engineer188,000 ZWD
Process Operator109,000 ZWD
Product Development Engineer206,000 ZWD
Product Development Technician144,000 ZWD
Product Engineer195,000 ZWD
Product Safety Engineer186,000 ZWD
Production Engineer189,000 ZWD
Project Engineer207,000 ZWD
Proposal Manager259,000 ZWD
Purchasing Engineer181,000 ZWD
Quality Assurance Engineer183,000 ZWD
Rail Engineer194,000 ZWD
Robotics Engineer218,000 ZWD
Robotics Technician164,000 ZWD
Safety Engineer201,000 ZWD
Safety Inspector157,000 ZWD
Safety Manager226,000 ZWD
Safety Officer101,000 ZWD
Sales Engineer213,000 ZWD
Scheduling Engineer172,000 ZWD
Service Engineer198,000 ZWD
Solar Engineer208,000 ZWD
Staff Engineer199,000 ZWD
Static Equipment Engineer195,000 ZWD
Stationary Engineer177,000 ZWD
Stress Engineer187,000 ZWD
Structural Analysis Engineer187,000 ZWD
Structural Designer173,000 ZWD
Structural Engineer195,000 ZWD
Structural Technician120,000 ZWD
Supply Chain Specialist185,000 ZWD
Surveyor150,000 ZWD
Technical Affairs Officer98,700 ZWD
Technical Assistant102,000 ZWD
Technical Engineer167,000 ZWD
Technical Support Engineer161,000 ZWD
Tender Engineer168,000 ZWD
Test Development Engineer189,000 ZWD
Transportation Engineer180,000 ZWD
Validation Engineer164,000 ZWD
Verification Engineer189,000 ZWD
Wastewater Engineer196,000 ZWD
Wind Energy Engineer203,000 ZWD
Wind Energy Operations Manager251,000 ZWD
Work Planner141,000 ZWD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Zimbabwe

Median and salary distribution monthly Zimbabwe Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Zimbabwe range from 58,100 ZWD per month (minimum average salary) to 387,000 ZWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 198,000 ZWD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 198,000 ZWD while the other half are earning more than 198,000 ZWD. 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 115,000 ZWD while 75% of them are earning more than 115,000 ZWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 316,000 ZWD while 25% are earning more than 316,000 ZWD.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 Zimbabwe costs anywhere from 1,080,000 Zimbabwe Dollar(s) to 3,250,000 Zimbabwe Dollar(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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Zimbabwe Engineering
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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 Zimbabwe who work in Engineering earn 13% more than their female counterparts on average.

194,000 ZWD
172,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zimbabwe for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zimbabwe

How much are annual salary increments in Zimbabwe for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Zimbabwe are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Zimbabwe Engineering
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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.

Zimbabwe / 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 Zimbabwe is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zimbabwe 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zimbabwe

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zimbabwe Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

61% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 39% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Zimbabwe

1,060 ZWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zimbabwe is 1,060 ZWD. This means that the average person in Zimbabwe earns approximately 1,060 ZWD 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Zimbabwe
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bulawayo185,000 ZWD
Harare193,000 ZWD

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 Zimbabwe earn 25% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
193,000 ZWD
Public Sector+25%
241,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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