A person working in Factory and Manufacturing in Costa Rica typically earns around 1,610,000 CRC per month. Salaries range from 597,000 CRC (lowest average) to 4,040,000 CRC (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Factory and Manufacturing careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Assembly Foreman||621,000 CRC|
|Assembly Line Worker||658,000 CRC|
|Assembly Supervisor||992,000 CRC|
|Assistance Maintenance Manager||2,310,000 CRC|
|Assistant Shipping Manager||2,120,000 CRC|
|Chemical Equipment Controller||1,600,000 CRC|
|Chemical Technican Apprentice||1,220,000 CRC|
|CNC Machinist||1,480,000 CRC|
|CNC Operator||1,340,000 CRC|
|CNC Programmer||1,520,000 CRC|
|Colour Technologist||789,000 CRC|
|Contracts Manager||2,810,000 CRC|
|Data Collection Coordinator||1,070,000 CRC|
|Demand Planner||939,000 CRC|
|Derrick Operator||638,000 CRC|
|Director of Manufacturing||4,110,000 CRC|
|Dock Worker||593,000 CRC|
|Drying Technician||632,000 CRC|
|Equipment Operator||609,000 CRC|
|Export Sales Coordinator||1,920,000 CRC|
|Factory Superintendent||994,000 CRC|
|Factory Worker||689,000 CRC|
|Failure Analysis Technician||1,050,000 CRC|
|Fiberglass Laminator||677,000 CRC|
|Food Technologist||1,200,000 CRC|
|Forklift Driver||646,000 CRC|
|Forming Machine Operator||719,000 CRC|
|Furnace Operator||678,000 CRC|
|Gas Appliance Repairer||668,000 CRC|
|General Warehouse Associate||1,110,000 CRC|
|Heavy Equipment Operator||826,000 CRC|
|HSE Manager||2,720,000 CRC|
|Industrial Engineer||2,060,000 CRC|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanic||1,360,000 CRC|
|Industrial Production Manager||3,690,000 CRC|
|Industrial Safety and Health Engineer||2,120,000 CRC|
|Intake Operator||868,000 CRC|
|Key Account Manager||3,190,000 CRC|
|Lift Truck Operator||649,000 CRC|
|Loading Supervisor||1,120,000 CRC|
|Logistic Coordinator||1,750,000 CRC|
|Logistics Clerk||821,000 CRC|
|Machine Operator||634,000 CRC|
|Maintenance Manager||2,470,000 CRC|
|Maintenance Store Clerk||694,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Engineer||2,100,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Engineering Manager||3,240,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Engineering Technologist||2,280,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Manager||3,490,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Operative||1,090,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Production Technician||853,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Supervisor||1,750,000 CRC|
|Manufacturing Technician||754,000 CRC|
|Materials Supervisor||1,890,000 CRC|
|Mechanical Fitter Engineer||2,210,000 CRC|
|Mechanical Foreman||640,000 CRC|
|Merchandise Planner||1,130,000 CRC|
|Metrology Engineer||1,950,000 CRC|
|Operations Engineer||2,050,000 CRC|
|Operations Manager||3,380,000 CRC|
|Order Management Coordinator||1,640,000 CRC|
|Order Processing Manager||2,860,000 CRC|
|Order Selector||769,000 CRC|
|Package Handler||605,000 CRC|
|Packaging Manager||2,140,000 CRC|
|Packing Deputy Supervisor||1,790,000 CRC|
|Planning Manager||2,890,000 CRC|
|Plant Manager||3,370,000 CRC|
|Precision Instrument Repairer||1,000,000 CRC|
|Process Technician||793,000 CRC|
|Product Manager||3,470,000 CRC|
|Production Analyst||2,880,000 CRC|
|Production Director||4,020,000 CRC|
|Production Engineer||2,090,000 CRC|
|Production Engineering Supervisor||3,230,000 CRC|
|Production Inspector||2,230,000 CRC|
|Production Laborer||614,000 CRC|
|Production Manager||3,760,000 CRC|
|Production Scheduler||1,560,000 CRC|
|Production Supervisor||2,030,000 CRC|
|Quality Control Analyst||2,810,000 CRC|
|Quality Control Inspector||2,280,000 CRC|
|Quality Control Manager||2,980,000 CRC|
|Service Technician||859,000 CRC|
|SHEQ Officer||949,000 CRC|
|Shipping Manager||3,090,000 CRC|
|Small Engine Mechanic||1,190,000 CRC|
|Spray Painter||684,000 CRC|
|Sterile Processing Technician||748,000 CRC|
|Structural Welder||581,000 CRC|
|Supply Chain Operative||1,870,000 CRC|
|Technical Operator||878,000 CRC|
|Technology Development Manager||3,590,000 CRC|
|Testing Technician||1,480,000 CRC|
|Warehouse Operative||717,000 CRC|
|Warehouse Worker||683,000 CRC|
|Warranty Handler||1,230,000 CRC|
|Workshop Manager||2,430,000 CRC|
Factory and Manufacturing salaries in Costa Rica range from 597,000 CRC per month (minimum average salary) to 4,040,000 CRC per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 1,640,000 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 1,640,000 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,640,000 CRC. 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 people working in Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 1,010,000 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 1,010,000 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Factory and Manufacturing are earning less than 2,900,000 CRC while 25% are earning more than 2,900,000 CRC.
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 Costa Rica costs anywhere from 11,800,000 Costa Rican Colon(s) to 35,400,000 Costa Rican Colon(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 Costa Rica who work in Factory and Manufacturing earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.
Factory and Manufacturing professionals in Costa Rica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Costa Rica for the year 2022. 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.
Factory and Manufacturing 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.
73% of surveyed staff in Factory and Manufacturing reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Factory and Manufacturing is 32% less than that of All Jobs.
|San Jose||1,720,000 CRC|
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Costa Rica earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.