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Average Salary in Gaborone 2020

How much money does a person working in Gaborone make?

Average Monthly Salary
14,600 BWP
( 175,000 BWP yearly)


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.

Distribution of Salaries in Gaborone

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

  • Salary Range

    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).

  • Median Salary

    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.

  • 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 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.

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 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.

Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Botswana
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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 Botswana earn 11% more than their female counterparts.

11,100 BWP
12,300 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Botswana
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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.

Private Sector
11,100 BWP
Public Sector+11%
12,300 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Botswana

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Botswana
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Average Salary 2016
10,900 BWP
Average Salary 2017+4%
11,300 BWP
Average Salary 2018+1%
11,400 BWP
Average Salary 2019+2%
11,600 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,100 BWP
Accounting Assistant9,270 BWP
Accounting Manager18,800 BWP
Bookkeeper7,400 BWP
Chartered Accountant12,300 BWP
Corporate Treasurer24,000 BWP
Financial Analyst15,200 BWP
Financial Manager29,000 BWP
Internal Auditor14,400 BWP

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant7,700 BWP
Office Manager9,850 BWP
Receptionist10,800 BWP
Secretary7,760 BWP

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director14,400 BWP
Creative Director14,400 BWP
Graphic Designer9,410 BWP
Photographer9,280 BWP

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer15,100 BWP
Air Traffic Controller14,800 BWP
Flight Attendant11,700 BWP
Pilot17,100 BWP

Architect13,100 BWP
CAD Drafter11,000 BWP

Mechanic7,640 BWP
Service Advisor11,500 BWP

Bank Branch Manager20,600 BWP
Teller9,670 BWP

Teacher11,400 BWP
Translator12,300 BWP

Business Planning
Business Analyst16,300 BWP
Business Development Manager21,400 BWP
Project Manager16,100 BWP

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny8,660 BWP
Nursery Teacher9,720 BWP

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer12,400 BWP
Construction Project Manager16,400 BWP
Health and Safety Officer9,380 BWP

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative9,570 BWP
Customer Service Manager19,500 BWP
Customer Service Representative9,950 BWP

Electrical Engineer14,200 BWP
Engineer13,100 BWP
Mechanical Engineer14,000 BWP

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer32,700 BWP
Chief Financial Officer28,400 BWP
General Manager26,100 BWP

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef12,000 BWP
Executive Chef12,900 BWP
Hotel Manager21,300 BWP
Travel Agent11,400 BWP
Waiter / Waitress8,870 BWP

Health and Medical
Dentist33,900 BWP
Dietitian31,700 BWP
Laboratory Technician10,700 BWP
Nurse11,600 BWP

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager19,700 BWP
Human Resources Officer11,700 BWP

Information Technology
Computer Technician10,900 BWP
Database Administrator14,500 BWP
Developer / Programmer12,100 BWP
Information Technology Manager19,800 BWP
Network Engineer12,200 BWP

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer10,800 BWP

Attorney21,100 BWP
Legal Assistant9,960 BWP

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist13,900 BWP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer12,300 BWP
Pharmacist15,900 BWP

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier8,350 BWP
Sales Manager22,300 BWP
Sales Representative8,830 BWP

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher9,570 BWP
Secondary School Teacher11,500 BWP

Average Hourly Wage in Gaborone

84 BWP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Gaborone is 84 BWP. This means that the average person in Gaborone earns approximately 84 BWP 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.

Gaborone VS Botswana

Salary Comparison Between Gaborone and Botswana monthly
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We compared salaries in Gaborone and Botswana and we found that Gaborone salaries are 23% more than those of Botswana.

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CityAverage Salary
Gaborone14,600 BWP
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