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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Guatemala 2020

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Guatemala?

Average Monthly Salary
9,270 GTQ
( 111,000 GTQ yearly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Guatemala typically earns around 9,270 GTQ per month. Salaries range from 5,300 GTQ (lowest average) to 14,000 GTQ (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Science and Technical Services 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
3D Lab Technologist7,910 GTQ
Algorithm Developer8,430 GTQ
Analytical Chemist9,930 GTQ
Anthropologist8,840 GTQ
Archeologist8,630 GTQ
Assistant Breeder5,020 GTQ
Astronomer12,800 GTQ
Atmospheric and Space Scientist10,700 GTQ
Behavior Analyst8,290 GTQ
Behavior Intervention Specialist8,100 GTQ
Biochemist9,940 GTQ
Biofuels Processing Technician6,590 GTQ
Biofuels Production Manager8,690 GTQ
Biologist9,530 GTQ
Biomedical Scientist12,200 GTQ
Biophysicist11,500 GTQ
Chemical Engineer7,750 GTQ
Chemical Technologist7,610 GTQ
Chemist10,400 GTQ
Chief Technologist12,400 GTQ
Climate Change Analyst9,030 GTQ
Clinical Laboratory Scientist10,400 GTQ
Computer Scientist9,030 GTQ
Conservation Scientist10,400 GTQ
Data Scientist9,350 GTQ
DNA Analyst10,600 GTQ
Ecologist10,700 GTQ
Economic Development Specialist11,100 GTQ
Flavourist6,940 GTQ
Food Scientist8,530 GTQ
Forensic Scientist9,230 GTQ
Formulation Technologist6,800 GTQ
Fraud Investigator7,930 GTQ
Genomics Scientist11,800 GTQ
Geographer9,010 GTQ
Geographic Information Systems Technician6,530 GTQ
Geological Data Technician6,390 GTQ
Geological Technician7,050 GTQ
Geologist9,810 GTQ
Geomatics Scientist10,300 GTQ
Geophysical Data Technician6,260 GTQ
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist8,740 GTQ
Hydrologist8,680 GTQ
Industrial Ecologist9,370 GTQ
Intelligence Analyst8,470 GTQ
Knowledge Management Specialist8,230 GTQ
Laboratory Manager9,630 GTQ
Laboratory Researcher7,570 GTQ
Laboratory Technician6,290 GTQ
Life Sciences Analyst9,020 GTQ
Life Scientist10,300 GTQ
Marine Architect8,270 GTQ
Marine Biologist10,300 GTQ
Marine Superintendent7,170 GTQ
Materials Analyst7,410 GTQ
Materials Scientist10,100 GTQ
Mathematician11,400 GTQ
Medical Scientist11,500 GTQ
Metallurgist9,540 GTQ
Meteorologist9,340 GTQ
Microbiologist10,700 GTQ
Natural Language Processing Researcher8,580 GTQ
Natural Resource Specialist8,680 GTQ
Natural Sciences Manager11,100 GTQ
Nuclear Engineer13,300 GTQ
Physical Scientist10,700 GTQ
Physicist11,200 GTQ
Political Scientist11,800 GTQ
Polygraph Examiner6,030 GTQ
Polysomnographic Technologist7,750 GTQ
Product Development Scientist9,110 GTQ
Quantitative Research Analyst8,590 GTQ
Quantitative Researcher9,390 GTQ
Radiation Protection Specialist8,770 GTQ
Refrigeration Technician5,890 GTQ
Research Scientist9,590 GTQ
Risk Safety Engineer7,250 GTQ
Scientific Photographer7,410 GTQ
Scientific Programmer8,410 GTQ
Scientist9,610 GTQ
Service Engineer7,390 GTQ
Service Technician6,450 GTQ
Social Science Research Assistant7,330 GTQ
Social Scientist9,950 GTQ
Sociologist10,000 GTQ
Soil Scientist9,130 GTQ
Statistical Analyst7,590 GTQ
Statistical Assistant6,290 GTQ
Statistician8,540 GTQ
Survey Analyst7,550 GTQ
Survey Researcher6,950 GTQ
Surveying and Mapping Technician6,060 GTQ
Team Leader8,110 GTQ
Technical Manager8,830 GTQ
Technical Officer6,200 GTQ
Technical Service Director9,290 GTQ
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist7,310 GTQ
Technical Services Research and Development Manager11,700 GTQ
Technical Services Research Coordinator8,450 GTQ
Technician5,460 GTQ
Water Ecologist10,500 GTQ
Wildlife Biologist10,800 GTQ

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Guatemala

Median and salary distribution monthly Guatemala Science and Technical Services
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Science and Technical Services salaries in Guatemala range from 5,300 GTQ per month (minimum average salary) to 14,000 GTQ per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,270 GTQ per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 9,270 GTQ while the other half are earning more than 9,270 GTQ. 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 Science and Technical Services are earning less than 6,560 GTQ while 75% of them are earning more than 6,560 GTQ. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 11,600 GTQ while 25% are earning more than 11,600 GTQ.

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 Guatemala costs anywhere from 42,200 Quetzal(s) to 127,000 Quetzal(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.

Science and Technical Services Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Guatemala Science and Technical Services
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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 earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

8,890 GTQ
9,560 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Guatemala for all Careers

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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Guatemala

How much are annual salary increments in Guatemala for Science and Technical Services professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services professionals in Guatemala are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Guatemala Science and Technical Services
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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.

Guatemala / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Guatemala
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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 Guatemala is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Guatemala 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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Science and Technical Services Bonus and Incentive Rates in Guatemala

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Guatemala Science and Technical Services
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Science and Technical Services 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.

50% of surveyed staff in Science and Technical Services reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% 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.

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

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Guatemala
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Guatemala earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
8,060 GTQ
Public Sector+11%
8,920 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Science and Technical Services Salary Forecast and Trend in Guatemala

How do Science and Technical Services salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Guatemala Science and Technical Services
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Average Salary 2016
8,380 GTQ
Average Salary 2017+4%
8,690 GTQ
Average Salary 2018+2%
8,900 GTQ
Average Salary 2019+1%
9,020 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Science and Technical Services salaries in Guatemala are rising 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.

Science and Technical Services Hourly Average Wage in Guatemala

53 GTQ per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Guatemala is 53 GTQ. This means that the average person in Guatemala earns approximately 53 GTQ 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.

Science and Technical Services VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Science and Technical Services and Science and Technical Services monthly Guatemala
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The average salary for Science and Technical Services is 10% more than that of All Jobs.

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