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Environmental Scientist Average Salary in Zimbabwe 2024

How much money does a person working as Environmental Scientist make in Zimbabwe?

Average Monthly Salary
363,000 ZWD
( 4,360,000 ZWD 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 as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe typically earns around 363,000 ZWD. Salaries range from 167,000 ZWD (lowest) to 577,000 ZWD (highest).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Environmental Scientist salaries in Zimbabwe vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Environmental Scientist Pay Scale and Salaries in Zimbabwe

Median and salary distribution Zimbabwe Environmental Scientist monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
344,000 ZWD or more
10% of people earn
302,000 to 344,000 ZWD
20% of people earn
208,000 ZWD or less
65% of people earn
208,000 to 302,000 ZWD
Minimum Salary
167,000 ZWD
347,000 ZWD
577,000 ZWD

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 for the position Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe range from 167,000 ZWD (starting salary) to 577,000 ZWD (maximum salary). It should be noted that the given figure is not the legally mandated minimum wage; rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that included thousands of participants and professionals from all regions of the country.

  • Median Salary

    With a median salary of 347,000 ZWD, half of the professionals who work as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe earn less than this amount, and the other half earn more. The median salary denotes the middle value of salaries. Ideally, you would want to belong to the group earning more than the median salary, located on the right side of the salary distribution graph.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    The median is closely associated with two other values known as the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution chart, it can be determined that 25% of professionals employed as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe earn less than 280,000 ZWD, while 75% earn more. Similarly, the chart shows that 75% earn less than 400,000 ZWD while 25% earn more.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    To provide a better understanding of expected salaries, we categorized the frequently occurring salaries into different ranges. This approach provides a more precise representation of salary distribution for the job title Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe compared to simply calculating the average. The majority of reported salaries, approximately 65%, fall within the range of 208,000 ZWD to 302,000 ZWD. About 20% of salaries are below the 208,000 ZWD mark, while 10% fall within the range of 302,000 ZWD to 344,000 ZWD. Only 5% of individuals have salaries exceeding 344,000 ZWD.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

How do experience and age affect pay?

0 - 2 Years
190,000 ZWD
2 - 5 Years+34%
253,000 ZWD
5 - 10 Years+48%
374,000 ZWD
10 - 15 Years+22%
456,000 ZWD
15 - 20 Years+9%
497,000 ZWD
20+ Years+8%
538,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Zimbabwe Environmental Scientist
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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. We broke down salaries by experience level for people working as Environmental Scientist and this is what we found.

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.

Employees with less than two years of experience earn approximately 190,000 ZWD.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 253,000 ZWD, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 374,000 ZWD, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, professionals whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 456,000 ZWD, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 497,000 ZWD, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 538,000 ZWD, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

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.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary Comparison By Education / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary variance between different education levels of professionals working as Environmental Scientist.

Bachelor's Degree
216,000 ZWD
Master's Degree+57%
339,000 ZWD
569,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level monthly Zimbabwe Environmental Scientist
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down salaries by education level for the position Environmental Scientist in order to make a comparison.

Level 1: Bachelor's Degree

Employees at this education level have an average salary of 216,000 ZWD.

Level 2: Master's Degree

At this level, the average salary becomes 339,000 ZWD, 57% more than the previous level.

Level 3: PhD

At this level, the average salary becomes 569,000 ZWD, 68% more than the previous level.

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 Zimbabwe costs anywhere from 1,090,000 ZWD to 3,260,000 ZWD 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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support the theory. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

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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? For the people who work as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 13%.

385,000 ZWD
341,000 ZWD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zimbabwe for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

How much are annual salary increments in Zimbabwe for individuals working as Environmental Scientist? How often do employees get salary raises?

Individuals working as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 31 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Zimbabwe Environmental Scientist
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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.

Zimbabwe / All Professions

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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 Zimbabwe 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 / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zimbabwe Environmental Scientist
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57% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 43% 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.

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.

Average Hourly Wage / Environmental Scientist / Zimbabwe

2,090 ZWD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for individuals working as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe is 2,090 ZWD.This is the rate they get 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 people working as Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe is 960 ZWD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Carbon Market Analyst208,000 ZWD-43%
Carbon Offset Broker180,000 ZWD-50%
Circular Economy Consultant255,000 ZWD-30%
Climate Change Actuary175,000 ZWD-52%
Climate Change Adaptation Specialist201,000 ZWD-45%
Climate Risk Manager303,000 ZWD-17%
Ecological Restoration Specialist239,000 ZWD-34%
Ecotourism Guide145,000 ZWD-60%
Environment Advisor302,000 ZWD-17%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist340,000 ZWD-6%
Environmental and Conservation Photographer133,000 ZWD-63%
Environmental Assistant128,000 ZWD-65%
Environmental Compliance Engineer182,000 ZWD-50%
Environmental Compliance Inspector143,000 ZWD-61%
Environmental Coordinator126,000 ZWD-65%
Environmental Data Scientist236,000 ZWD-35%
Environmental Economist343,000 ZWD-6%
Environmental Educator274,000 ZWD-25%
Environmental Engineer191,000 ZWD-47%
Environmental Health and Safety Manager354,000 ZWD-3%
Environmental Health Practitioner356,000 ZWD-2%
Environmental Impact Assessor241,000 ZWD-34%
Environmental Justice Advocate186,000 ZWD-49%
Environmental Manager343,000 ZWD-6%
Environmental Officer105,000 ZWD-71%
Environmental Planner143,000 ZWD-61%
Environmental Policy Analyst285,000 ZWD-22%
Environmental Protection Officer106,000 ZWD-71%
Environmental Restoration Planner192,000 ZWD-47%
Environmental Scientist363,000 ZWD-0%
Environmental Services Coordinator111,000 ZWD-69%
Environmental Specialist166,000 ZWD-54%
Environmental Superintendent139,000 ZWD-62%
Environmental Technician102,000 ZWD-72%
Forestry Consultant238,000 ZWD-34%
Forestry Supervisor158,000 ZWD-56%
Geologist360,000 ZWD-1%
Green Building Analyst154,000 ZWD-58%
Green Building Consultant161,000 ZWD-56%
Green Energy Engineer191,000 ZWD-47%
Green Energy Lawyer248,000 ZWD-32%
Green Infrastructure Planner273,000 ZWD-25%
Permaculture Designer184,000 ZWD-49%
Recycling Consultant210,000 ZWD-42%
Recycling Coordinator140,000 ZWD-61%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner371,000 ZWD+2%
Social Compliance Analyst174,000 ZWD-52%
Stormwater Manager191,000 ZWD-47%
Sustainability Engineer207,000 ZWD-43%
Toxicologist235,000 ZWD-35%
Waste Management Manager332,000 ZWD-9%
Waste Tracking Specialist273,000 ZWD-25%
Water Conservationist207,000 ZWD-43%
Water Resource Manager220,000 ZWD-39%
Water Treatment Superintendent172,000 ZWD-53%
Zero Waste Manager248,000 ZWD-32%

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 Zimbabwe is 25% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
194,000 ZWD
Public Sector+25%
242,000 ZWD
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 for the job title Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 347,000 ZWD and 400,000 ZWD. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

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 for a careers like Environmental Scientist in Zimbabwe ranges from 167,000 ZWD to 280,000 ZWD. The base salary depends on many factors including 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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