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Average Salary in Harare 2020

How much money does a person working in Harare make?

Average Monthly Salary
231,000 ZWD
( 2,770,000 ZWD yearly)


A person working in Harare typically earns around 231,000 ZWD per month. Salaries range from 31,200 ZWD (lowest average) to 1,020,000 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 careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Harare

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Harare range from 31,200 ZWD per month (minimum salary) to 1,020,000 ZWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 212,000 ZWD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 212,000 ZWD while the other half are earning more than 212,000 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 the population are earning less than 110,000 ZWD while 75% of them are earning more than 110,000 ZWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 568,000 ZWD while 25% are earning more than 568,000 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 1,090,000 Zimbabwe Dollar(s) to 3,280,000 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.

Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Zimbabwe
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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 earn 19% more than their female counterparts.

200,000 ZWD
237,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Zimbabwe
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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.

Private Sector
194,000 ZWD
Public Sector+25%
243,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Zimbabwe

How are Zimbabwe salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Zimbabwe
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Average Salary 2016
189,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2017+4%
196,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2018+4%
203,000 ZWD
Average Salary 2019+4%
211,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Zimbabwe are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant168,000 ZWD
Accounting Assistant162,000 ZWD
Accounting Manager298,000 ZWD
Bookkeeper126,000 ZWD
Chartered Accountant210,000 ZWD
Corporate Treasurer432,000 ZWD
Financial Analyst244,000 ZWD
Financial Manager463,000 ZWD
Internal Auditor244,000 ZWD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant124,000 ZWD
Office Manager168,000 ZWD
Receptionist167,000 ZWD
Secretary133,000 ZWD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director227,000 ZWD
Creative Director240,000 ZWD
Graphic Designer166,000 ZWD
Photographer164,000 ZWD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer268,000 ZWD
Air Traffic Controller251,000 ZWD
Flight Attendant200,000 ZWD
Pilot280,000 ZWD

Architect216,000 ZWD
CAD Drafter182,000 ZWD

Mechanic122,000 ZWD
Service Advisor184,000 ZWD

Bank Branch Manager360,000 ZWD
Teller165,000 ZWD

Teacher185,000 ZWD
Translator210,000 ZWD

Business Planning
Business Analyst295,000 ZWD
Business Development Manager356,000 ZWD
Project Manager275,000 ZWD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny152,000 ZWD
Nursery Teacher171,000 ZWD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer218,000 ZWD
Construction Project Manager285,000 ZWD
Health and Safety Officer147,000 ZWD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative161,000 ZWD
Customer Service Manager317,000 ZWD
Customer Service Representative169,000 ZWD

Electrical Engineer239,000 ZWD
Engineer221,000 ZWD
Mechanical Engineer227,000 ZWD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer524,000 ZWD
Chief Financial Officer500,000 ZWD
General Manager422,000 ZWD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef197,000 ZWD
Executive Chef214,000 ZWD
Hotel Manager339,000 ZWD
Travel Agent193,000 ZWD
Waiter / Waitress143,000 ZWD

Health and Medical
Dentist578,000 ZWD
Dietitian538,000 ZWD
Laboratory Technician175,000 ZWD
Nurse196,000 ZWD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager329,000 ZWD
Human Resources Officer196,000 ZWD

Information Technology
Computer Technician181,000 ZWD
Database Administrator233,000 ZWD
Developer / Programmer208,000 ZWD
Information Technology Manager351,000 ZWD
Network Engineer213,000 ZWD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer180,000 ZWD

Attorney339,000 ZWD
Legal Assistant168,000 ZWD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist243,000 ZWD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer202,000 ZWD
Pharmacist276,000 ZWD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier128,000 ZWD
Sales Manager362,000 ZWD
Sales Representative151,000 ZWD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher161,000 ZWD
Secondary School Teacher189,000 ZWD

Average Hourly Wage in Harare

1,330 ZWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Harare is 1,330 ZWD. This means that the average person in Harare earns approximately 1,330 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.

Harare VS Zimbabwe

Salary Comparison Between Harare and Zimbabwe monthly
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We compared salaries in Harare and Zimbabwe and we found that Harare salaries are 6% more than those of Zimbabwe.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bulawayo220,000 ZWD
Harare231,000 ZWD
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