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Average Salary in India 2023

How much money does a person working in India make?

Average Monthly Salary
32,000 INR
( 384,000 INR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in India typically earns around 32,000 INR. Salaries range from 8,080 INR (lowest average) to 143,000 INR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in India vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in India

Median and salary distribution India monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
59,400 INR or more
10% of people earn
46,500 to 59,400 INR
20% of people earn
18,100 INR or less
65% of people earn
18,100 to 46,500 INR
Minimum Salary
8,080 INR
27,300 INR
143,000 INR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in India range from 8,080 INR (starting salary) to 143,000 INR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 27,300 INR, which means that 50% of the population in India earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population in India earn less than 19,700 INR while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 41,400 INR while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights into how salaries are actually distributed in India. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 18,100 INR to 46,500 INR. Approximately 20% fall under the 18,100 INR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 46,500 INR to 59,400 INR. Only 5% of people grossed 59,400 INR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In India, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.
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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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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in India comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in India is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 160,000 INR to 481,000 INR and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / India

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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? In India, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 9% across all career fields.

33,200 INR
30,400 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

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


Employees in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate India
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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 rare 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 India is 7%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India
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51% of surveyed staff in India reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant21,900 INR
Accounting Assistant17,100 INR
Accounting Manager47,500 INR
Bookkeeper14,700 INR
Chartered Accountant28,500 INR
Corporate Treasurer42,800 INR
Financial Analyst40,400 INR
Financial Manager62,700 INR
Internal Auditor29,900 INR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant16,600 INR
Office Manager27,600 INR
Receptionist15,200 INR
Secretary14,300 INR

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director31,400 INR
Creative Director31,400 INR
Graphic Designer20,000 INR
Photographer17,600 INR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer40,400 INR
Air Traffic Controller34,700 INR
Flight Attendant21,900 INR
Pilot54,600 INR

Architect38,000 INR
CAD Drafter16,200 INR

Mechanic11,900 INR
Service Advisor21,900 INR

Bank Branch Manager57,000 INR
Teller11,900 INR

Teacher24,100 INR
Translator28,500 INR

Business Planning
Business Analyst39,400 INR
Business Development Manager49,900 INR
Project Manager40,400 INR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny13,300 INR
Nursery Teacher11,900 INR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer29,500 INR
Construction Project Manager52,300 INR
Health and Safety Officer14,300 INR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative11,900 INR
Customer Service Manager42,800 INR
Customer Service Representative11,900 INR

Civil Engineer29,000 INR
Electrical Engineer30,900 INR
Engineer29,700 INR
Mechanical Engineer29,900 INR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer71,300 INR
Chief Financial Officer65,600 INR
General Manager55,400 INR
Project Manager35,600 INR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef19,700 INR
Executive Chef22,800 INR
Hotel Manager57,000 INR
Receptionist11,900 INR
Travel Agent20,000 INR
Waiter / Waitress9,980 INR

Health and Medical
Dentist75,200 INR
Dietitian61,800 INR
Laboratory Technician23,800 INR
Nurse24,700 INR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager47,500 INR
Human Resources Officer19,000 INR

Information Technology
Computer Technician24,100 INR
Database Administrator31,300 INR
Developer / Programmer30,900 INR
Information Technology Manager52,300 INR
Network Engineer27,300 INR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer19,000 INR

Attorney61,800 INR
Legal Assistant16,600 INR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist35,600 INR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer26,900 INR
Pharmacist40,400 INR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier11,900 INR
Sales Manager54,600 INR
Sales Representative20,600 INR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher21,800 INR
Secondary School Teacher25,700 INR

Average Hourly Wage in India

180 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in India is 180 INR.This is the rate that the average individual gets paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for a person in India is 47 INR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra29,200 INR
Ahmadabad36,100 INR
Bangalore34,700 INR
Bhopal31,700 INR
Chennai33,900 INR
Coimbatore30,000 INR
Delhi36,600 INR
Ghaziabad30,700 INR
Hyderabad37,500 INR
Indore32,000 INR
Jaipur35,600 INR
Kanpur32,800 INR
Kolkata35,100 INR
Lucknow33,200 INR
Ludhiana31,700 INR
Madurai28,100 INR
Mumbai36,700 INR
Nagpur32,800 INR
Patna29,500 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad31,900 INR
Pune34,100 INR
Surat35,100 INR
Vadodara30,400 INR
Visakhapatnam30,200 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands27,500 INR
Andhra Pradesh35,500 INR
Arunachal Pradesh29,900 INR
Assam34,200 INR
Bihar38,200 INR
Chandigarh28,600 INR
Chhatisgarh33,700 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli28,000 INR
Daman & Diu27,400 INR
Delhi32,800 INR
Goa29,800 INR
Gujarat36,200 INR
Haryana33,200 INR
Himachal Pradesh31,900 INR
Jammu & Kashmir32,600 INR
Jharkhand35,300 INR
Karnataka36,700 INR
Kerala35,000 INR
Lakshadweep27,300 INR
Madhya Pradesh37,800 INR
Maharashtra38,500 INR
Manipur31,500 INR
Meghalaya31,200 INR
Mizoram29,500 INR
Nagaland30,900 INR
Orissa36,000 INR
Pondicherry29,900 INR
Punjab34,700 INR
Rajasthan37,800 INR
Sikkim29,000 INR
Tamil Nadu37,500 INR
Tripura32,100 INR
Uttar Pradesh39,700 INR
Uttaranchal32,800 INR
West Bengal38,700 INR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in India is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
31,100 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,800 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in India?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in India would range anywhere between 27,300 INR and 41,400 INR.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in India ranges from 8,080 INR to 19,700 INR. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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