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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Ethiopia 2023

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Ethiopia?

Average Monthly Salary
7,840 ETB
( 94,100 ETB yearly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in Ethiopia typically earns around 7,840 ETB per month. Salaries range from 4,080 ETB (lowest) to 12,000 ETB (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Ethiopia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Ethiopia range from 4,080 ETB per month (minimum salary) to 12,000 ETB per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,530 ETB per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 7,530 ETB while the other half are earning more than 7,530 ETB. 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 5,220 ETB while 75% of them are earning more than 5,220 ETB. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 9,370 ETB while 25% are earning more than 9,370 ETB.

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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,630 ETB per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,210 ETB per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 8,070 ETB per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 9,780 ETB per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 10,700 ETB per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 11,200 ETB per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Ethiopia

0 - 2 Years
4,630 ETB
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,210 ETB
5 - 10 Years+30%
8,070 ETB
10 - 15 Years+21%
9,780 ETB
15 - 20 Years+9%
10,700 ETB
20+ Years+5%
11,200 ETB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 6,530 ETB per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 9,060 ETB per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Ethiopia

Bachelor's Degree
6,530 ETB
Master's Degree+39%
9,060 ETB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Ethiopia costs anywhere from 44,500 Ethiopian Birr(s) to 133,000 Ethiopian Birr(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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer 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 Civil Engineer employees in Ethiopia earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

8,340 ETB
7,510 ETB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ethiopia for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ethiopia

How much are annual salary increments in Ethiopia for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Civil Engineer(s) in Ethiopia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

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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.

Ethiopia / 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 Ethiopia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ethiopia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ethiopia Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

90% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 10% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Ethiopia

45 ETB per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ethiopia is 45 ETB. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Ethiopia earns approximately 45 ETB 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Ethiopia
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 50% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 41% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator3,470 ETB-56%
Assembler2,680 ETB-66%
Boat Builder and Shipwright4,210 ETB-46%
Bricklayer2,330 ETB-70%
Building Administrator3,540 ETB-55%
Building Contracts Manager12,300 ETB+57%
Building Inspector3,480 ETB-56%
Building Monitor2,640 ETB-66%
Building Sales Manager11,100 ETB+42%
Cabinetmaker3,030 ETB-61%
Carpenter3,260 ETB-58%
Civil Engineer7,840 ETB+0%
Civil Technician4,130 ETB-47%
Concreter2,640 ETB-66%
Construction and Maintenance Manager6,630 ETB-15%
Construction Assistant3,280 ETB-58%
Construction Coordinator4,580 ETB-42%
Construction Estimator5,450 ETB-30%
Construction Field Engineer7,380 ETB-6%
Construction General Manager15,200 ETB+94%
Construction Inventory Officer2,860 ETB-64%
Construction Operations Manager13,300 ETB+70%
Construction Project Coordinator8,300 ETB+6%
Construction Project Engineer8,370 ETB+7%
Construction Project Manager14,200 ETB+81%
Construction Project Planner8,150 ETB+4%
Construction Quality Control Manager11,100 ETB+42%
Construction Safety Officer5,190 ETB-34%
Construction Superintendent4,980 ETB-36%
Construction Supervisor7,450 ETB-5%
Construction Technical Assistant2,880 ETB-63%
Construction Technical Officer3,570 ETB-54%
Construction Technical Writer3,190 ETB-59%
Construction Technician2,890 ETB-63%
Crane and Tower Operator2,770 ETB-65%
Diesel Mechanic2,590 ETB-67%
Drywall Installer2,930 ETB-63%
Electrical Draftsman2,830 ETB-64%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor9,320 ETB+19%
Electrical Engineering Technician3,520 ETB-55%
Electrician4,200 ETB-46%
Elevator Installer and Repairer3,740 ETB-52%
Engineer7,880 ETB+1%
Excavator Operator2,670 ETB-66%
Floor Finisher3,120 ETB-60%
Floor Manager4,350 ETB-45%
Foreman2,270 ETB-71%
Frame and Truss Detailer2,720 ETB-65%
Furniture Finisher2,840 ETB-64%
Gas Technician 2,710 ETB-65%
Handyman2,550 ETB-67%
Health and Safety Coordinator3,430 ETB-56%
Health and Safety Officer3,940 ETB-50%
Installation Manager9,560 ETB+22%
Installer2,470 ETB-68%
Insulation Installer2,690 ETB-66%
Labourer2,270 ETB-71%
Land Surveyor3,550 ETB-55%
Lift Technician2,830 ETB-64%
Material Tester3,960 ETB-49%
Model Maker4,210 ETB-46%
Order Picker2,520 ETB-68%
Painter2,790 ETB-64%
Pipe Layer2,310 ETB-71%
Pipefitter2,240 ETB-71%
Plumber2,850 ETB-64%
Property Coordinator6,580 ETB-16%
Purchasing Manager9,360 ETB+19%
Quantity Surveyor5,350 ETB-32%
Roof Slater and Tiler2,460 ETB-69%
Sheet Metal Mechanic2,640 ETB-66%
Site Clerk2,740 ETB-65%
Site engineer7,400 ETB-6%
Site Leader12,600 ETB+61%
Stock Controller3,950 ETB-50%
Structural Steel Construction Worker3,000 ETB-62%
Technical Draughtsman3,040 ETB-61%
Tendering Manager11,300 ETB+44%
Tower Crane Operator2,750 ETB-65%
Wall and Floor Tiler2,530 ETB-68%
Warehouse Manager9,490 ETB+21%
Welder2,370 ETB-70%
Welding Superintendent3,050 ETB-61%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adis Abeba8,500 ETB
Gonder8,360 ETB
Mekele6,960 ETB

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 Ethiopia earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,190 ETB
Public Sector+14%
9,340 ETB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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