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Average Salary in Lesotho 2023

How much money does a person working in Lesotho make?

Average Monthly Salary
11,800 LSL
( 141,000 LSL 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 Lesotho typically earns around 11,800 LSL. Salaries range from 2,970 LSL (lowest average) to 52,400 LSL (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Lesotho 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 Lesotho

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

5% of people earn
22,300 LSL or more
10% of people earn
17,400 to 22,300 LSL
20% of people earn
6,780 LSL or less
65% of people earn
6,780 to 17,400 LSL
Minimum Salary
2,970 LSL
10,200 LSL
52,400 LSL

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 Lesotho range from 2,970 LSL (starting salary) to 52,400 LSL (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 10,200 LSL, which means that 50% of the population in Lesotho 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 Lesotho earn less than 7,400 LSL while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 15,500 LSL 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 Lesotho. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 6,780 LSL to 17,400 LSL. Approximately 20% fall under the 6,780 LSL cap. Ten percent of wages are from 17,400 LSL to 22,300 LSL. Only 5% of people grossed 22,300 LSL 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 Lesotho, 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 Lesotho 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 Lesotho is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 58,900 LSL to 177,000 LSL 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 / Lesotho

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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 Lesotho, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 11% across all career fields.

12,500 LSL
11,300 LSL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Lesotho

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


Employees in Lesotho are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Lesotho
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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 Lesotho is 2%.

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 Lesotho

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Lesotho
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67% of surveyed staff in Lesotho reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% 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
Accountant8,360 LSL
Accounting Assistant6,670 LSL
Accounting Manager17,500 LSL
Bookkeeper5,640 LSL
Chartered Accountant11,100 LSL
Corporate Treasurer16,700 LSL
Financial Analyst15,500 LSL
Financial Manager23,500 LSL
Internal Auditor11,000 LSL

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant6,360 LSL
Office Manager10,100 LSL
Receptionist4,550 LSL
Secretary5,130 LSL

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director11,800 LSL
Creative Director12,200 LSL
Graphic Designer7,790 LSL
Photographer6,460 LSL

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer15,100 LSL
Air Traffic Controller13,300 LSL
Flight Attendant7,870 LSL
Pilot19,700 LSL

Architect14,000 LSL
CAD Drafter5,810 LSL

Mechanic4,640 LSL
Service Advisor8,030 LSL

Bank Branch Manager21,400 LSL
Teller4,370 LSL

Teacher9,240 LSL
Translator11,100 LSL

Business Planning
Business Analyst14,500 LSL
Business Development Manager19,500 LSL
Project Manager13,100 LSL

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny4,790 LSL
Nursery Teacher4,460 LSL

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer10,700 LSL
Construction Project Manager20,400 LSL
Health and Safety Officer5,130 LSL

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative4,460 LSL
Customer Service Manager15,700 LSL
Customer Service Representative4,460 LSL

Electrical Engineer12,100 LSL
Engineer10,900 LSL
Mechanical Engineer11,000 LSL

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer27,800 LSL
Chief Financial Officer24,100 LSL
General Manager20,400 LSL

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef7,100 LSL
Executive Chef8,550 LSL
Hotel Manager20,500 LSL
Travel Agent7,330 LSL
Waiter / Waitress3,740 LSL

Health and Medical
Dentist29,400 LSL
Dietitian23,600 LSL
Laboratory Technician8,730 LSL
Nurse8,890 LSL

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager17,500 LSL
Human Resources Officer6,840 LSL

Information Technology
Computer Technician9,420 LSL
Database Administrator12,000 LSL
Developer / Programmer11,800 LSL
Information Technology Manager20,000 LSL
Network Engineer9,830 LSL

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer7,420 LSL

Attorney23,600 LSL
Legal Assistant6,490 LSL

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist13,900 LSL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer10,100 LSL
Pharmacist15,500 LSL

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier4,640 LSL
Sales Manager21,300 LSL
Sales Representative7,410 LSL

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher8,170 LSL
Secondary School Teacher9,850 LSL

Average Hourly Wage in Lesotho

68 LSL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Lesotho is 68 LSL.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 Lesotho is 17 LSL. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

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 Lesotho is 14% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
11,200 LSL
Public Sector+14%
12,700 LSL
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 Lesotho?

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 Lesotho would range anywhere between 10,200 LSL and 15,500 LSL.

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 Lesotho ranges from 2,970 LSL to 7,400 LSL. 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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