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Average Salary in Botswana 2020

How much money does a person working in Botswana make?

Average Monthly Salary
11,800 BWP
( 142,000 BWP yearly)


A person working in Botswana typically earns around 11,800 BWP per month. Salaries range from 1,600 BWP (lowest average) to 52,400 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 Botswana

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Botswana range from 1,600 BWP per month (minimum salary) to 52,400 BWP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,900 BWP per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 10,900 BWP while the other half are earning more than 10,900 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 5,620 BWP while 75% of them are earning more than 5,620 BWP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 29,100 BWP while 25% are earning more than 29,100 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

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Botswana

How much are annual salary increments in Botswana? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Botswana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Botswana
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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.

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 Botswana is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Botswana for the year 2019. 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Botswana

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Botswana
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69% of surveyed staff in Botswana reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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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
Accountant7,990 BWP
Accounting Assistant7,910 BWP
Accounting Manager15,300 BWP
Bookkeeper5,970 BWP
Chartered Accountant10,500 BWP
Corporate Treasurer20,100 BWP
Financial Analyst12,500 BWP
Financial Manager24,900 BWP
Internal Auditor12,200 BWP

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant6,340 BWP
Office Manager8,010 BWP
Receptionist8,580 BWP
Secretary6,340 BWP

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director11,900 BWP
Creative Director12,300 BWP
Graphic Designer7,880 BWP
Photographer8,180 BWP

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer12,800 BWP
Air Traffic Controller12,200 BWP
Flight Attendant9,760 BWP
Pilot14,000 BWP

Architect10,300 BWP
CAD Drafter8,660 BWP

Mechanic6,270 BWP
Service Advisor8,990 BWP

Bank Branch Manager16,700 BWP
Teller7,860 BWP

Teacher9,030 BWP
Translator10,500 BWP

Business Planning
Business Analyst14,400 BWP
Business Development Manager18,300 BWP
Project Manager13,100 BWP

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny7,210 BWP
Nursery Teacher8,540 BWP

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer10,900 BWP
Construction Project Manager14,600 BWP
Health and Safety Officer7,370 BWP

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative8,070 BWP
Customer Service Manager16,200 BWP
Customer Service Representative8,050 BWP

Electrical Engineer11,600 BWP
Engineer10,300 BWP
Mechanical Engineer11,400 BWP

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer26,900 BWP
Chief Financial Officer25,000 BWP
General Manager21,600 BWP

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef9,390 BWP
Executive Chef10,700 BWP
Hotel Manager17,400 BWP
Travel Agent9,660 BWP
Waiter / Waitress7,330 BWP

Health and Medical
Dentist28,900 BWP
Dietitian25,600 BWP
Laboratory Technician8,740 BWP
Nurse9,100 BWP

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager16,000 BWP
Human Resources Officer9,580 BWP

Information Technology
Computer Technician9,280 BWP
Database Administrator11,900 BWP
Developer / Programmer10,200 BWP
Information Technology Manager16,700 BWP
Network Engineer10,400 BWP

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer9,020 BWP

Attorney17,400 BWP
Legal Assistant8,840 BWP

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist11,900 BWP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer10,600 BWP
Pharmacist12,800 BWP

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier6,580 BWP
Sales Manager19,000 BWP
Sales Representative7,350 BWP

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher8,070 BWP
Secondary School Teacher9,230 BWP

Average Hourly Wage in Botswana

68 BWP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Botswana is 68 BWP. This means that the average person in Botswana earns approximately 68 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Gaborone14,600 BWP
15186 - 69

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