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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Ghana 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,980 GHS
( 35,800 GHS yearly)


A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Ghana typically earns around 2,980 GHS per month. Salaries range from 1,280 GHS (lowest average) to 8,670 GHS (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
Adjudicator1,820 GHS
Assembler1,530 GHS
Boat Builder and Shipwright2,380 GHS
Bricklayer1,340 GHS
Building Administrator2,090 GHS
Building Contracts Manager6,820 GHS
Building Inspector1,910 GHS
Building Monitor1,530 GHS
Building Sales Manager6,620 GHS
Cabinetmaker1,610 GHS
Carpenter1,760 GHS
Civil Engineer4,730 GHS
Civil Technician2,370 GHS
Concreter1,460 GHS
Construction and Maintenance Manager3,690 GHS
Construction Assistant1,840 GHS
Construction Coordinator2,600 GHS
Construction Estimator2,840 GHS
Construction Field Engineer4,200 GHS
Construction General Manager8,670 GHS
Construction Inventory Officer1,610 GHS
Construction Operations Manager7,510 GHS
Construction Project Coordinator4,860 GHS
Construction Project Engineer4,450 GHS
Construction Project Manager8,430 GHS
Construction Project Planner4,550 GHS
Construction Quality Control Manager6,270 GHS
Construction Safety Officer2,840 GHS
Construction Superintendent2,850 GHS
Construction Supervisor4,460 GHS
Construction Technical Assistant1,760 GHS
Construction Technical Officer1,880 GHS
Construction Technical Writer1,870 GHS
Construction Technician1,600 GHS
Crane and Tower Operator1,660 GHS
Diesel Mechanic1,450 GHS
Drywall Installer1,760 GHS
Electrical Draftsman1,690 GHS
Electrical Engineering Supervisor5,120 GHS
Electrical Engineering Technician1,990 GHS
Electrician2,330 GHS
Elevator Installer and Repairer2,040 GHS
Engineer4,440 GHS
Excavator Operator1,510 GHS
Floor Finisher1,800 GHS
Floor Manager2,600 GHS
Foreman1,330 GHS
Frame and Truss Detailer1,450 GHS
Furniture Finisher1,520 GHS
Gas Technician 1,470 GHS
Handyman1,420 GHS
Health and Safety Coordinator1,970 GHS
Health and Safety Officer2,260 GHS
Installation Manager5,200 GHS
Installer1,350 GHS
Insulation Installer1,550 GHS
Labourer1,220 GHS
Land Surveyor1,960 GHS
Lift Technician1,590 GHS
Material Tester2,300 GHS
Model Maker2,380 GHS
Order Picker1,340 GHS
Painter1,560 GHS
Pipe Layer1,300 GHS
Pipefitter1,280 GHS
Plumber1,650 GHS
Property Coordinator3,910 GHS
Purchasing Manager5,650 GHS
Quantity Surveyor2,960 GHS
Roof Slater and Tiler1,380 GHS
Sheet Metal Mechanic1,500 GHS
Site Clerk1,510 GHS
Site engineer3,850 GHS
Site Leader7,060 GHS
Stock Controller2,240 GHS
Structural Steel Construction Worker1,750 GHS
Technical Draughtsman1,860 GHS
Tendering Manager6,620 GHS
Tower Crane Operator1,490 GHS
Wall and Floor Tiler1,490 GHS
Warehouse Manager5,140 GHS
Welder1,300 GHS
Welding Superintendent1,740 GHS

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in Ghana

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

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Ghana range from 1,280 GHS per month (minimum average salary) to 8,670 GHS per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,160 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 3,160 GHS while the other half are earning more than 3,160 GHS. 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 2,000 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 2,000 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 6,270 GHS while 25% are earning more than 6,270 GHS.

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.

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 Ghana costs anywhere from 25,300 Cedi(s) to 76,000 Cedi(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 Ghana 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 Ghana who work in Construction / Building / Installation earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,140 GHS
2,850 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

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

Construction / Building / Installation

Construction / Building / Installation professionals in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 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.

Ghana / 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 Ghana is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ghana

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ghana 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.

73% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation 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.

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 Ghana

17 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 17 GHS. This means that the average person in Ghana earns approximately 17 GHS 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 Ghana
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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
Accra3,170 GHS
Kumasi3,320 GHS

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 Ghana earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,860 GHS
Public Sector+8%
5,230 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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