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Average Salary in Djibouti 2020

How much money does a person working in Djibouti make?

Average Monthly Salary
278,000 DJF
( 3,330,000 DJF yearly)


A person working in Djibouti typically earns around 278,000 DJF per month. Salaries range from 37,600 DJF (lowest average) to 1,230,000 DJF (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 Djibouti

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Djibouti range from 37,600 DJF per month (minimum salary) to 1,230,000 DJF per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 278,000 DJF per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 278,000 DJF while the other half are earning more than 278,000 DJF. 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 142,000 DJF while 75% of them are earning more than 142,000 DJF. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 753,000 DJF while 25% are earning more than 753,000 DJF.

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 Djibouti costs anywhere from 1,390,000 Djibouti Franc(s) to 4,160,000 Djibouti Franc(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

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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 Djibouti earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

264,000 DJF
287,000 DJF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Djibouti

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


Employees in Djibouti are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Djibouti
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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 Djibouti is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Djibouti 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 Djibouti

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Djibouti
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65% of surveyed staff in Djibouti reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Djibouti earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
266,000 DJF
Public Sector+7%
286,000 DJF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Djibouti

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Djibouti
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Average Salary 2016
251,000 DJF
Average Salary 2017+4%
260,000 DJF
Average Salary 2018+3%
267,000 DJF
Average Salary 2019+1%
270,000 DJF
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Djibouti are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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
Accountant189,000 DJF
Accounting Assistant174,000 DJF
Accounting Manager358,000 DJF
Bookkeeper144,000 DJF
Chartered Accountant226,000 DJF
Corporate Treasurer455,000 DJF
Financial Analyst286,000 DJF
Financial Manager521,000 DJF
Internal Auditor276,000 DJF

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant145,000 DJF
Office Manager183,000 DJF
Receptionist188,000 DJF
Secretary148,000 DJF

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director271,000 DJF
Creative Director285,000 DJF
Graphic Designer193,000 DJF
Photographer174,000 DJF

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer297,000 DJF
Air Traffic Controller265,000 DJF
Flight Attendant228,000 DJF
Pilot312,000 DJF

Architect249,000 DJF
CAD Drafter195,000 DJF

Mechanic139,000 DJF
Service Advisor213,000 DJF

Bank Branch Manager382,000 DJF
Teller180,000 DJF

Teacher208,000 DJF
Translator226,000 DJF

Business Planning
Business Analyst315,000 DJF
Business Development Manager423,000 DJF
Project Manager300,000 DJF

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny173,000 DJF
Nursery Teacher196,000 DJF

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer232,000 DJF
Construction Project Manager318,000 DJF
Health and Safety Officer174,000 DJF

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative178,000 DJF
Customer Service Manager351,000 DJF
Customer Service Representative199,000 DJF

Electrical Engineer272,000 DJF
Engineer256,000 DJF
Mechanical Engineer273,000 DJF

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer597,000 DJF
Chief Financial Officer533,000 DJF
General Manager469,000 DJF

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef211,000 DJF
Executive Chef232,000 DJF
Hotel Manager417,000 DJF
Travel Agent219,000 DJF
Waiter / Waitress155,000 DJF

Health and Medical
Dentist621,000 DJF
Dietitian616,000 DJF
Laboratory Technician210,000 DJF
Nurse210,000 DJF

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager357,000 DJF
Human Resources Officer219,000 DJF

Information Technology
Computer Technician215,000 DJF
Database Administrator272,000 DJF
Developer / Programmer248,000 DJF
Information Technology Manager378,000 DJF
Network Engineer223,000 DJF

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer210,000 DJF

Attorney396,000 DJF
Legal Assistant188,000 DJF

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist262,000 DJF

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer227,000 DJF
Pharmacist316,000 DJF

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier155,000 DJF
Sales Manager430,000 DJF
Sales Representative172,000 DJF

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher178,000 DJF
Secondary School Teacher217,000 DJF

Average Hourly Wage in Djibouti

1,600 DJF per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Djibouti is 1,600 DJF. This means that the average person in Djibouti earns approximately 1,600 DJF 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.

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