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Government and Defence Average Salaries in Botswana 2020

How much money does a person working in Government and Defence make in Botswana?

Average Monthly Salary
13,100 BWP
( 157,000 BWP yearly)


A person working in Government and Defence in Botswana typically earns around 13,100 BWP per month. Salaries range from 9,470 BWP (lowest average) to 18,900 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 Government and Defence careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Armed Forces Officer11,600 BWP
Army Officer12,100 BWP
Cartographer11,000 BWP
Customs Officer11,200 BWP
Defense Officer13,600 BWP
Electoral Project Coordinator14,300 BWP
Federal Government Worker11,400 BWP
Government Affairs Advisor16,400 BWP
Government Affairs Director19,200 BWP
Government Affairs Representative16,700 BWP
Government Officer15,200 BWP
Government Property Inspector17,500 BWP
Government Relations Associate16,400 BWP
International Cooperation Specialist14,900 BWP
Military Personnel14,000 BWP
Police Constable11,200 BWP
Public Affairs Specialist12,800 BWP
Public Information Officer11,100 BWP
Rifleman10,300 BWP
Soldier9,470 BWP
VAT Fraud Investigator11,900 BWP

Government and Defence Jobs Salary Distribution in Botswana

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

  • Salary Range

    Government and Defence salaries in Botswana range from 9,470 BWP per month (minimum average salary) to 18,900 BWP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 12,600 BWP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 12,600 BWP while the other half are earning more than 12,600 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 people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 9,920 BWP while 75% of them are earning more than 9,920 BWP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Government and Defence are earning less than 15,100 BWP while 25% are earning more than 15,100 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.

Government and Defence Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Botswana Government and Defence
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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 earn 15% more than their female counterparts.

12,400 BWP
14,200 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Botswana for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Botswana
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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

Government and Defence Salary Forecast and Trend in Botswana

How do Government and Defence salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Botswana Government and Defence
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Average Salary 2016
11,600 BWP
Average Salary 2017+4%
12,100 BWP
Average Salary 2018+2%
12,300 BWP
Average Salary 2019+3%
12,600 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government and Defence salaries in Botswana are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.

Government and Defence Hourly Average Wage in Botswana

76 BWP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Botswana is 76 BWP. This means that the average person in Botswana earns approximately 76 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.

Government and Defence VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Government and Defence and Government and Defence monthly Botswana
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The average salary for Government and Defence is 11% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Gaborone16,100 BWP
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