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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Cameroon 2021

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Cameroon?

Average Monthly Salary
271,000 XAF
( 3,250,000 XAF yearly)


A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Cameroon typically earns around 271,000 XAF per month. Salaries range from 116,000 XAF (lowest average) to 787,000 XAF (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Construction / Building / Installation 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
Adjudicator175,000 XAF
Assembler145,000 XAF
Boat Builder and Shipwright228,000 XAF
Bricklayer122,000 XAF
Building Administrator195,000 XAF
Building Contracts Manager634,000 XAF
Building Inspector179,000 XAF
Building Monitor148,000 XAF
Building Sales Manager610,000 XAF
Cabinetmaker149,000 XAF
Carpenter172,000 XAF
Civil Engineer442,000 XAF
Civil Technician225,000 XAF
Concreter131,000 XAF
Construction and Maintenance Manager333,000 XAF
Construction Assistant174,000 XAF
Construction Coordinator260,000 XAF
Construction Estimator271,000 XAF
Construction Field Engineer395,000 XAF
Construction General Manager787,000 XAF
Construction Inventory Officer142,000 XAF
Construction Operations Manager763,000 XAF
Construction Project Coordinator432,000 XAF
Construction Project Engineer439,000 XAF
Construction Project Manager795,000 XAF
Construction Project Planner399,000 XAF
Construction Quality Control Manager601,000 XAF
Construction Safety Officer285,000 XAF
Construction Superintendent287,000 XAF
Construction Supervisor411,000 XAF
Construction Technical Assistant163,000 XAF
Construction Technical Officer190,000 XAF
Construction Technical Writer166,000 XAF
Construction Technician151,000 XAF
Crane and Tower Operator158,000 XAF
Diesel Mechanic136,000 XAF
Drywall Installer157,000 XAF
Electrical Draftsman159,000 XAF
Electrical Engineering Supervisor497,000 XAF
Electrical Engineering Technician196,000 XAF
Electrician217,000 XAF
Elevator Installer and Repairer197,000 XAF
Engineer436,000 XAF
Excavator Operator155,000 XAF
Floor Finisher162,000 XAF
Floor Manager240,000 XAF
Foreman126,000 XAF
Frame and Truss Detailer139,000 XAF
Furniture Finisher152,000 XAF
Gas Technician 144,000 XAF
Handyman133,000 XAF
Health and Safety Coordinator180,000 XAF
Health and Safety Officer214,000 XAF
Installation Manager498,000 XAF
Installer135,000 XAF
Insulation Installer153,000 XAF
Labourer118,000 XAF
Land Surveyor198,000 XAF
Lift Technician146,000 XAF
Material Tester215,000 XAF
Model Maker228,000 XAF
Order Picker133,000 XAF
Painter136,000 XAF
Pipe Layer121,000 XAF
Pipefitter125,000 XAF
Plumber155,000 XAF
Property Coordinator380,000 XAF
Purchasing Manager510,000 XAF
Quantity Surveyor282,000 XAF
Roof Slater and Tiler126,000 XAF
Sheet Metal Mechanic144,000 XAF
Site Clerk148,000 XAF
Site engineer392,000 XAF
Site Leader663,000 XAF
Stock Controller224,000 XAF
Structural Steel Construction Worker154,000 XAF
Technical Draughtsman172,000 XAF
Tendering Manager606,000 XAF
Tower Crane Operator143,000 XAF
Wall and Floor Tiler139,000 XAF
Warehouse Manager504,000 XAF
Welder122,000 XAF
Welding Superintendent176,000 XAF

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in Cameroon

Median and salary distribution monthly Cameroon Construction / Building / Installation
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Cameroon range from 116,000 XAF per month (minimum average salary) to 787,000 XAF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 287,000 XAF per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 287,000 XAF while the other half are earning more than 287,000 XAF. 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 Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 181,000 XAF while 75% of them are earning more than 181,000 XAF. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 569,000 XAF while 25% are earning more than 569,000 XAF.

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?

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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.
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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 Cameroon costs anywhere from 2,300,000 CFA Franc BEAC(s) to 6,900,000 CFA Franc BEAC(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.

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Cameroon Construction / Building / Installation
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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 Cameroon who work in Construction / Building / Installation earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

293,000 XAF
253,000 XAF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Cameroon for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Cameroon
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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Cameroon

How much are annual salary increments in Cameroon for Construction / Building / Installation professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction / Building / Installation

Construction / Building / Installation professionals in Cameroon are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 3% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Cameroon Construction / Building / Installation
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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.

Cameroon / All Professions

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 Cameroon is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Cameroon for the year 2020. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in Cameroon

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Cameroon Construction / Building / Installation
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Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

87% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 13% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

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.

Construction / Building / Installation Hourly Average Wage in Cameroon

1,560 XAF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Cameroon is 1,560 XAF. This means that the average person in Cameroon earns approximately 1,560 XAF 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.

Construction / Building / Installation VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction / Building / Installation and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Cameroon
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The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Douala298,000 XAF
Yaounde279,000 XAF

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Cameroon earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
432,000 XAF
Public Sector+11%
478,000 XAF
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