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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Papua New Guinea 2021

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Papua New Guinea?

Average Monthly Salary
5,500 PGK
( 66,000 PGK yearly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Papua New Guinea typically earns around 5,500 PGK per month. Salaries range from 1,990 PGK (lowest average) to 9,160 PGK (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 Technologist3,960 PGK
Algorithm Developer4,990 PGK
Analytical Chemist7,070 PGK
Anthropologist5,590 PGK
Archeologist4,790 PGK
Assistant Breeder2,470 PGK
Astronomer8,540 PGK
Atmospheric and Space Scientist7,280 PGK
Behavior Analyst5,040 PGK
Behavior Intervention Specialist5,380 PGK
Biochemist8,400 PGK
Biofuels Processing Technician3,390 PGK
Biofuels Production Manager5,810 PGK
Biologist8,280 PGK
Biomedical Scientist8,660 PGK
Biophysicist8,690 PGK
Chemical Engineer4,040 PGK
Chemical Technologist3,820 PGK
Chemist7,530 PGK
Chief Technologist7,160 PGK
Climate Change Analyst5,300 PGK
Clinical Laboratory Scientist8,370 PGK
Computer Scientist6,300 PGK
Conservation Scientist6,580 PGK
Data Scientist6,330 PGK
DNA Analyst8,150 PGK
Ecologist6,390 PGK
Economic Development Specialist6,250 PGK
Flavourist2,880 PGK
Food Scientist5,320 PGK
Forensic Scientist6,740 PGK
Formulation Technologist3,260 PGK
Fraud Investigator4,170 PGK
Genomics Scientist8,110 PGK
Geographer4,620 PGK
Geographic Information Systems Technician2,860 PGK
Geological Data Technician2,940 PGK
Geological Technician3,620 PGK
Geologist7,110 PGK
Geomatics Scientist6,710 PGK
Geophysical Data Technician2,610 PGK
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist6,280 PGK
Hydrologist5,620 PGK
Industrial Ecologist5,570 PGK
Intelligence Analyst5,110 PGK
Knowledge Management Specialist3,960 PGK
Laboratory Manager5,770 PGK
Laboratory Researcher3,860 PGK
Laboratory Technician2,570 PGK
Life Sciences Analyst5,850 PGK
Life Scientist6,270 PGK
Marine Architect5,020 PGK
Marine Biologist5,820 PGK
Marine Superintendent3,630 PGK
Materials Analyst3,590 PGK
Materials Scientist6,400 PGK
Mathematician6,560 PGK
Medical Scientist8,430 PGK
Metallurgist6,180 PGK
Meteorologist5,990 PGK
Microbiologist8,520 PGK
Natural Language Processing Researcher5,060 PGK
Natural Resource Specialist4,920 PGK
Natural Sciences Manager7,730 PGK
Nuclear Engineer9,310 PGK
Physical Scientist7,040 PGK
Physicist8,270 PGK
Political Scientist6,750 PGK
Polygraph Examiner2,300 PGK
Polysomnographic Technologist3,810 PGK
Product Development Scientist7,100 PGK
Quantitative Research Analyst5,660 PGK
Quantitative Researcher5,480 PGK
Radiation Protection Specialist4,750 PGK
Refrigeration Technician2,030 PGK
Research Scientist5,750 PGK
Risk Safety Engineer3,910 PGK
Scientific Photographer3,560 PGK
Scientific Programmer5,410 PGK
Scientist5,890 PGK
Service Engineer3,640 PGK
Service Technician2,640 PGK
Social Science Research Assistant3,550 PGK
Social Scientist6,360 PGK
Sociologist5,930 PGK
Soil Scientist5,340 PGK
Statistical Analyst3,560 PGK
Statistical Assistant2,780 PGK
Statistician5,650 PGK
Survey Analyst3,740 PGK
Survey Researcher3,370 PGK
Surveying and Mapping Technician2,220 PGK
Team Leader5,210 PGK
Technical Manager5,760 PGK
Technical Officer2,450 PGK
Technical Service Director7,570 PGK
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist3,890 PGK
Technical Services Research and Development Manager8,410 PGK
Technical Services Research Coordinator4,380 PGK
Technician2,390 PGK
Water Ecologist6,780 PGK
Wildlife Biologist6,010 PGK

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Papua New Guinea

Median and salary distribution monthly Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea range from 1,990 PGK per month (minimum average salary) to 9,160 PGK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,610 PGK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 5,610 PGK while the other half are earning more than 5,610 PGK. 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 3,420 PGK while 75% of them are earning more than 3,420 PGK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 7,530 PGK while 25% are earning more than 7,530 PGK.

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 Papua New Guinea costs anywhere from 20,500 Kina(s) to 61,600 Kina(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 Papua New Guinea 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 in Papua New Guinea who work in Science and Technical Services earn 11% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,720 PGK
5,160 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Papua New Guinea for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Papua New Guinea
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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Papua New Guinea

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

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services professionals in Papua New Guinea are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 26 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Papua New Guinea 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.

Papua New Guinea / All Professions

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 Papua New Guinea is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Papua New Guinea for the year 2020. 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 Papua New Guinea

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Papua New Guinea 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.

64% of surveyed staff in Science and Technical Services reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% 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.

Science and Technical Services Hourly Average Wage in Papua New Guinea

32 PGK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Papua New Guinea is 32 PGK. This means that the average person in Papua New Guinea earns approximately 32 PGK 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 Papua New Guinea
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The average salary for Science and Technical Services is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Papua New Guinea earn 14% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,780 PGK
Public Sector+14%
4,310 PGK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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