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Average Salary in Bulawayo 2020

How much money does a person working in Bulawayo make?

Average Monthly Salary
220,000 ZWD
( 2,650,000 ZWD yearly)


A person working in Bulawayo typically earns around 220,000 ZWD per month. Salaries range from 29,800 ZWD (lowest average) to 976,000 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 Bulawayo

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Bulawayo range from 29,800 ZWD per month (minimum salary) to 976,000 ZWD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 207,000 ZWD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 207,000 ZWD while the other half are earning more than 207,000 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 107,000 ZWD while 75% of them are earning more than 107,000 ZWD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 556,000 ZWD while 25% are earning more than 556,000 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
Accountant160,000 ZWD
Accounting Assistant155,000 ZWD
Accounting Manager285,000 ZWD
Bookkeeper122,000 ZWD
Chartered Accountant205,000 ZWD
Corporate Treasurer384,000 ZWD
Financial Analyst236,000 ZWD
Financial Manager445,000 ZWD
Internal Auditor236,000 ZWD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant120,000 ZWD
Office Manager149,000 ZWD
Receptionist172,000 ZWD
Secretary119,000 ZWD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director226,000 ZWD
Creative Director241,000 ZWD
Graphic Designer151,000 ZWD
Photographer149,000 ZWD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer247,000 ZWD
Air Traffic Controller231,000 ZWD
Flight Attendant186,000 ZWD
Pilot262,000 ZWD

Architect203,000 ZWD
CAD Drafter172,000 ZWD

Mechanic118,000 ZWD
Service Advisor178,000 ZWD

Bank Branch Manager342,000 ZWD
Teller146,000 ZWD

Teacher181,000 ZWD
Translator205,000 ZWD

Business Planning
Business Analyst263,000 ZWD
Business Development Manager357,000 ZWD
Project Manager244,000 ZWD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny138,000 ZWD
Nursery Teacher155,000 ZWD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer199,000 ZWD
Construction Project Manager269,000 ZWD
Health and Safety Officer146,000 ZWD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative156,000 ZWD
Customer Service Manager309,000 ZWD
Customer Service Representative165,000 ZWD

Electrical Engineer219,000 ZWD
Engineer203,000 ZWD
Mechanical Engineer212,000 ZWD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer504,000 ZWD
Chief Financial Officer457,000 ZWD
General Manager411,000 ZWD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef187,000 ZWD
Executive Chef203,000 ZWD
Hotel Manager325,000 ZWD
Travel Agent187,000 ZWD
Waiter / Waitress139,000 ZWD

Health and Medical
Dentist565,000 ZWD
Dietitian523,000 ZWD
Laboratory Technician163,000 ZWD
Nurse181,000 ZWD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager298,000 ZWD
Human Resources Officer179,000 ZWD

Information Technology
Computer Technician181,000 ZWD
Database Administrator225,000 ZWD
Developer / Programmer195,000 ZWD
Information Technology Manager321,000 ZWD
Network Engineer202,000 ZWD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer173,000 ZWD

Attorney328,000 ZWD
Legal Assistant163,000 ZWD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist232,000 ZWD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer189,000 ZWD
Pharmacist261,000 ZWD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier131,000 ZWD
Sales Manager372,000 ZWD
Sales Representative140,000 ZWD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher156,000 ZWD
Secondary School Teacher189,000 ZWD

Average Hourly Wage in Bulawayo

1,270 ZWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulawayo is 1,270 ZWD. This means that the average person in Bulawayo earns approximately 1,270 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.

Bulawayo VS Zimbabwe

Salary Comparison Between Bulawayo and Zimbabwe monthly
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We compared salaries in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe and we found that Bulawayo salaries are 1% more than those of Zimbabwe.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bulawayo220,000 ZWD
Harare231,000 ZWD
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