A person working in Gaborone typically earns around 14,600 BWP per month. Salaries range from 1,970 BWP (lowest average) to 64,400 BWP (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.
Salaries in Gaborone range from 1,970 BWP per month (minimum salary) to 64,400 BWP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 15,700 BWP per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 15,700 BWP while the other half are earning more than 15,700 BWP. 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.
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 7,960 BWP while 75% of them are earning more than 7,960 BWP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 43,300 BWP while 25% are earning more than 43,300 BWP.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Botswana costs anywhere from 59,200 Pula(s) to 178,000 Pula(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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Botswana earn 11% more than their female counterparts.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Botswana earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+1%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Salaries in Botswana are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Accounting Assistant||9,270 BWP|
|Accounting Manager||18,800 BWP|
|Chartered Accountant||12,300 BWP|
|Corporate Treasurer||24,000 BWP|
|Financial Analyst||15,200 BWP|
|Financial Manager||29,000 BWP|
|Internal Auditor||14,400 BWP|
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
|Administrative Assistant||7,700 BWP|
|Office Manager||9,850 BWP|
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
|Art Director||14,400 BWP|
|Creative Director||14,400 BWP|
|Graphic Designer||9,410 BWP|
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
|Aerospace Engineer||15,100 BWP|
|Air Traffic Controller||14,800 BWP|
|Flight Attendant||11,700 BWP|
|CAD Drafter||11,000 BWP|
|Service Advisor||11,500 BWP|
|Bank Branch Manager||20,600 BWP|
|Business Analyst||16,300 BWP|
|Business Development Manager||21,400 BWP|
|Project Manager||16,100 BWP|
Care Giving and Child Care
|Nursery Teacher||9,720 BWP|
Construction / Building / Installation
|Civil Engineer||12,400 BWP|
|Construction Project Manager||16,400 BWP|
|Health and Safety Officer||9,380 BWP|
Customer Service and Call Center
|Call Center Representative||9,570 BWP|
|Customer Service Manager||19,500 BWP|
|Customer Service Representative||9,950 BWP|
|Electrical Engineer||14,200 BWP|
|Mechanical Engineer||14,000 BWP|
Executive and Management
|Chief Executive Officer||32,700 BWP|
|Chief Financial Officer||28,400 BWP|
|General Manager||26,100 BWP|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
|Executive Chef||12,900 BWP|
|Hotel Manager||21,300 BWP|
|Travel Agent||11,400 BWP|
|Waiter / Waitress||8,870 BWP|
Health and Medical
|Laboratory Technician||10,700 BWP|
|Human Resources Manager||19,700 BWP|
|Human Resources Officer||11,700 BWP|
|Computer Technician||10,900 BWP|
|Database Administrator||14,500 BWP|
|Developer / Programmer||12,100 BWP|
|Information Technology Manager||19,800 BWP|
|Network Engineer||12,200 BWP|
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
|Police Officer||10,800 BWP|
|Legal Assistant||9,960 BWP|
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
|Biomedical Engineer||12,300 BWP|
Sales Retail and Wholesale
|Sales Manager||22,300 BWP|
|Sales Representative||8,830 BWP|
Teaching / Education
|Elementary School Teacher||9,570 BWP|
|Secondary School Teacher||11,500 BWP|
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.