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Engineering Average Salaries in Ghana 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Ghana?


Average Monthly Salary
4,300 GHS
( 51,600 GHS yearly)

LOW
1,360
GHS
AVERAGE
4,300
GHS
HIGH
9,050
GHS

A person working in Engineering in Ghana typically earns around 4,300 GHS per month. Salaries range from 1,360 GHS (lowest average) to 9,050 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 Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer4,080 GHS
Assembly Engineering Technician3,310 GHS
Assistant Chief Engineer4,720 GHS
Associate Engineer4,000 GHS
Autocad Operator2,690 GHS
Automation Engineer4,380 GHS
Avionic System Support Engineer3,940 GHS
Biochemical Engineer3,990 GHS
BMS Engineer4,210 GHS
Bridge and Lock Tender2,310 GHS
Broadcast Engineer4,060 GHS
CAD Design Engineer4,320 GHS
CAD Designer2,570 GHS
CAE Engineer4,150 GHS
Ceramics Engineer3,790 GHS
Civil Engineer4,650 GHS
Commissioning Engineer4,100 GHS
Communications Engineer4,860 GHS
Condition Monitoring Engineer3,650 GHS
Contract Associate Engineer4,060 GHS
Control Systems Engineer4,210 GHS
Controls Engineer4,400 GHS
Controls Software Engineer3,710 GHS
Corrosion Engineer3,930 GHS
Design Engineer4,530 GHS
Drafter2,680 GHS
Drafting Manager4,830 GHS
Drilling Engineer4,230 GHS
Electrical Draughtsman2,260 GHS
Electrical Engineer4,690 GHS
Electrical Engineering Manager6,030 GHS
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist4,500 GHS
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler2,160 GHS
Energy Engineer4,460 GHS
Engine Assembler1,970 GHS
Engineer4,350 GHS
Engineering Account Manager5,000 GHS
Engineering Chief Designer4,890 GHS
Engineering Consultant5,740 GHS
Engineering Key Account Manager6,240 GHS
Engineering Lab Technician4,150 GHS
Engineering Planning Manager6,310 GHS
Engineering Production Manager7,400 GHS
Engineering Project Analyst4,840 GHS
Engineering Project Coordinator 4,950 GHS
Engineering Project Director8,610 GHS
Engineering Project Manager6,220 GHS
Engineering Research and Development Manager7,070 GHS
Engineering Safety Coordinator3,310 GHS
Engineering Sales Manager5,920 GHS
Engineering Technician3,450 GHS
Engineering Technologist3,480 GHS
Environmental Engineer4,380 GHS
Equipment Engineer4,010 GHS
Equipment Engineering Manager5,690 GHS
Estimator3,840 GHS
Fabrication Specialist3,020 GHS
Fabricator1,910 GHS
Facade Engineer4,340 GHS
Fiber Analyst2,410 GHS
Field Engineer4,400 GHS
Field Engineering Manager7,030 GHS
Fire Engineer4,260 GHS
Fitter and Turner1,340 GHS
Forestry Strategic Planner5,230 GHS
Generation Engineer4,480 GHS
Genetic Engineer4,520 GHS
Geological Engineer4,470 GHS
Geotechnical Engineer4,810 GHS
Heavy Equipment Mechanic2,320 GHS
Highway Engineer4,420 GHS
HSE Professional3,920 GHS
HVAC Engineer4,640 GHS
HVAC Supervisor3,930 GHS
Industrial Engineer4,120 GHS
Industrial Engineering Technologist4,250 GHS
Instrument Engineer4,060 GHS
Instrumentation and Control Engineer4,280 GHS
Instrumentation Engineer4,370 GHS
Instrumentation Manager4,120 GHS
Irrigation Engineer4,080 GHS
Licensed Aircraft Engineer4,430 GHS
Locomotive Engineer4,330 GHS
Maintenance Engineer3,870 GHS
Maintenance Fitter1,580 GHS
Maintenance Manager4,320 GHS
Manufacturing Engineer4,320 GHS
Marine Engineer4,430 GHS
Materials Engineer4,240 GHS
Materials Researcher4,160 GHS
Materials Technician3,080 GHS
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer4,700 GHS
Mechanical Design Engineer4,700 GHS
Mechanical Designer3,730 GHS
Mechanical Engineer4,520 GHS
Mechanical Engineering Manager5,850 GHS
Mechanical Inspector4,230 GHS
Mechatronics Engineer4,600 GHS
Mining Engineer4,310 GHS
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer4,850 GHS
Optical Engineer4,310 GHS
Optical Instrument Assembler2,210 GHS
PCB Assembler1,510 GHS
Photonics Engineer4,670 GHS
Photonics Technician3,740 GHS
Pipeline Engineer3,840 GHS
Piping Designer2,230 GHS
Piping Engineer4,090 GHS
Planning Engineer4,240 GHS
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,040 GHS
Principal Cost Engineer4,580 GHS
Principal Engineer4,170 GHS
Principal Support Engineer4,530 GHS
Process Engineer4,320 GHS
Process Operator2,530 GHS
Product Development Engineer4,460 GHS
Product Development Technician3,280 GHS
Product Engineer4,380 GHS
Product Safety Engineer3,900 GHS
Production Engineer4,170 GHS
Project Engineer4,370 GHS
Proposal Manager5,500 GHS
Purchasing Engineer4,100 GHS
Quality Assurance Engineer4,440 GHS
Rail Engineer4,440 GHS
Robotics Engineer5,010 GHS
Robotics Technician3,570 GHS
Safety Engineer4,320 GHS
Safety Inspector3,280 GHS
Safety Manager5,280 GHS
Safety Officer2,150 GHS
Sales Engineer4,770 GHS
Scheduling Engineer4,030 GHS
Service Engineer4,730 GHS
Solar Engineer4,440 GHS
Staff Engineer4,190 GHS
Static Equipment Engineer4,230 GHS
Stationary Engineer3,740 GHS
Stress Engineer4,130 GHS
Structural Analysis Engineer4,280 GHS
Structural Designer3,720 GHS
Structural Engineer4,210 GHS
Structural Technician2,710 GHS
Supply Chain Specialist4,110 GHS
Surveyor3,130 GHS
Technical Affairs Officer2,220 GHS
Technical Assistant2,100 GHS
Technical Engineer3,790 GHS
Technical Support Engineer3,650 GHS
Tender Engineer3,970 GHS
Test Development Engineer4,430 GHS
Transportation Engineer4,030 GHS
Validation Engineer3,870 GHS
Verification Engineer3,940 GHS
Wastewater Engineer4,390 GHS
Wind Energy Engineer4,430 GHS
Wind Energy Operations Manager5,690 GHS
Work Planner3,120 GHS

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Ghana

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Ghana range from 1,360 GHS per month (minimum average salary) to 9,050 GHS per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,220 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 4,220 GHS while the other half are earning more than 4,220 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 Engineering are earning less than 2,510 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 2,510 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 6,500 GHS while 25% are earning more than 6,500 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?

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 25,400 Cedi(s) to 76,100 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Ghana Engineering
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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 Engineering earn 17% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
3,980 GHS
Male+17%
4,660 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Ghana
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

How much are annual salary increments in Ghana for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Engineering

Engineering professionals in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Ghana Engineering
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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

Banking
1%
Energy
2%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
4%
Travel
5%
Construction
6%
Education
7%

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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ghana

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ghana Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate 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.

52% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 48% 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
48%
No Bonus
52%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 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

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Ghana


25 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 25 GHS. This means that the average person in Ghana earns approximately 25 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Ghana
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The average salary for Engineering is 15% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra4,570 GHS
Kumasi4,790 GHS
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