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Average Salary in Vanuatu 2024

How much money does a person working in Vanuatu make?

Average Monthly Salary
99,500 VUV
( 1,190,000 VUV 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 Vanuatu typically earns around 99,500 VUV. Salaries range from 25,100 VUV (lowest average) to 442,000 VUV (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

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

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

5% of people earn
198,000 VUV or more
10% of people earn
155,000 to 198,000 VUV
20% of people earn
60,200 VUV or less
65% of people earn
60,200 to 155,000 VUV
Minimum Salary
25,100 VUV
90,900 VUV
442,000 VUV

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 Vanuatu range from 25,100 VUV (starting salary) to 442,000 VUV (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 90,900 VUV, which means that 50% of the population in Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu earn less than 65,700 VUV while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 138,000 VUV 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 Vanuatu. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 60,200 VUV to 155,000 VUV. Approximately 20% fall under the 60,200 VUV cap. Ten percent of wages are from 155,000 VUV to 198,000 VUV. Only 5% of people grossed 198,000 VUV 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 Vanuatu, 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 Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 497,000 VUV to 1,490,000 VUV 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 / Vanuatu

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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 Vanuatu, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 14% across all career fields.

107,000 VUV
93,700 VUV
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Vanuatu

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


Employees in Vanuatu are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Vanuatu
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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 Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Vanuatu
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62% of surveyed staff in Vanuatu reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 38% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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
Accountant67,900 VUV
Accounting Assistant54,900 VUV
Accounting Manager147,000 VUV
Bookkeeper48,500 VUV
Chartered Accountant93,800 VUV
Corporate Treasurer136,000 VUV
Financial Analyst125,000 VUV
Financial Manager194,000 VUV
Internal Auditor92,400 VUV

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant51,400 VUV
Office Manager87,700 VUV
Receptionist36,000 VUV
Secretary46,800 VUV

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director103,000 VUV
Creative Director95,700 VUV
Graphic Designer65,000 VUV
Photographer55,400 VUV

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer127,000 VUV
Air Traffic Controller113,000 VUV
Flight Attendant70,700 VUV
Pilot171,000 VUV

Architect119,000 VUV
CAD Drafter52,000 VUV

Mechanic39,300 VUV
Service Advisor69,900 VUV

Bank Branch Manager171,000 VUV
Teller37,800 VUV

Teacher76,900 VUV
Translator93,800 VUV

Business Planning
Business Analyst121,000 VUV
Business Development Manager152,000 VUV
Project Manager113,000 VUV

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny42,000 VUV
Nursery Teacher36,200 VUV

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer91,300 VUV
Construction Project Manager163,000 VUV
Health and Safety Officer43,700 VUV

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative39,200 VUV
Customer Service Manager141,000 VUV
Customer Service Representative36,600 VUV

Electrical Engineer97,200 VUV
Engineer90,300 VUV
Mechanical Engineer90,500 VUV

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer236,000 VUV
Chief Financial Officer207,000 VUV
General Manager183,000 VUV

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef63,500 VUV
Executive Chef71,000 VUV
Hotel Manager183,000 VUV
Travel Agent61,600 VUV
Waiter / Waitress31,800 VUV

Health and Medical
Dentist247,000 VUV
Dietitian204,000 VUV
Laboratory Technician71,900 VUV
Nurse77,600 VUV

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager155,000 VUV
Human Resources Officer57,900 VUV

Information Technology
Computer Technician73,700 VUV
Database Administrator96,700 VUV
Developer / Programmer96,400 VUV
Information Technology Manager159,000 VUV
Network Engineer85,000 VUV

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer58,900 VUV

Attorney191,000 VUV
Legal Assistant53,100 VUV

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist114,000 VUV

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer81,300 VUV
Pharmacist130,000 VUV

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier38,500 VUV
Sales Manager171,000 VUV
Sales Representative66,600 VUV

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher71,900 VUV
Secondary School Teacher78,700 VUV

Average Hourly Wage in Vanuatu

570 VUV per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Vanuatu is 570 VUV.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 Vanuatu is 140 VUV. 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 Vanuatu is 17% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
92,500 VUV
Public Sector+17%
108,000 VUV
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 Vanuatu?

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 Vanuatu would range anywhere between 90,900 VUV and 138,000 VUV.

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 Vanuatu ranges from 25,100 VUV to 65,700 VUV. 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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