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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Zambia 2021

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Zambia?


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

LOW
2,750
ZMK
AVERAGE
5,500
ZMK
HIGH
8,530
ZMK

A person working as a Civil Engineer in Zambia typically earns around 5,500 ZMK per month. Salaries range from 2,750 ZMK (lowest) to 8,530 ZMK (highest).

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

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Zambia

Median and salary distribution monthly Zambia Civil Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Zambia range from 2,750 ZMK per month (minimum salary) to 8,530 ZMK per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,500 ZMK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 5,500 ZMK while the other half are earning more than 5,500 ZMK. 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,710 ZMK while 75% of them are earning more than 3,710 ZMK. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 7,010 ZMK while 25% are earning more than 7,010 ZMK.


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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,300 ZMK per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,370 ZMK per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 5,840 ZMK per month, 34% more than someone with two to five 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.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 6,970 ZMK per month, 19% 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 7,520 ZMK per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 8,070 ZMK per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Zambia

0 - 2 Years
3,300 ZMK
2 - 5 Years+32%
4,370 ZMK
5 - 10 Years+34%
5,840 ZMK
10 - 15 Years+19%
6,970 ZMK
15 - 20 Years+8%
7,520 ZMK
20+ Years+7%
8,070 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 4,710 ZMK per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,430 ZMK per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Zambia

Bachelor's Degree
4,710 ZMK
Master's Degree+58%
7,430 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Zambia costs anywhere from 30,000 Zambian Kwacha(s) to 90,000 Zambian Kwacha(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 the thoery. 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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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Zambia Civil Engineer
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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 Civil Engineer employees in Zambia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
5,650 ZMK
Female-6%
5,320 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Zambia for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Zambia

How much are annual salary increments in Zambia for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in Zambia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

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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.

Zambia / 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 Zambia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
8%
Energy
7%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
5%
Travel
4%
Construction
3%
Education
2%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Zambia 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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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Zambia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Zambia Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

63% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 37% 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
37%
No Bonus
63%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Zambia


32 ZMK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Zambia is 32 ZMK. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Zambia earns approximately 32 ZMK 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Engineering monthly Zambia
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 9% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

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Environmental Engineer4,980 ZMK-9%
Equipment Engineer4,840 ZMK-12%
Equipment Engineering Manager7,290 ZMK+33%
Estimator4,730 ZMK-14%
Fabrication Specialist3,800 ZMK-31%
Fabricator2,540 ZMK-54%
Facade Engineer5,130 ZMK-7%
Fiber Analyst3,080 ZMK-44%
Field Engineer5,420 ZMK-1%
Field Engineering Manager9,200 ZMK+67%
Fire Engineer5,250 ZMK-5%
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HVAC Supervisor4,740 ZMK-14%
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Industrial Engineering Technologist5,230 ZMK-5%
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Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,270 ZMK-4%
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Instrumentation Manager5,180 ZMK-6%
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Manufacturing Engineer5,210 ZMK-5%
Marine Engineer5,130 ZMK-7%
Materials Engineer5,220 ZMK-5%
Materials Researcher4,720 ZMK-14%
Materials Technician3,790 ZMK-31%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,550 ZMK+1%
Mechanical Design Engineer5,780 ZMK+5%
Mechanical Designer4,420 ZMK-20%
Mechanical Engineer5,910 ZMK+7%
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,350 ZMK+34%
Mechanical Inspector5,110 ZMK-7%
Mechatronics Engineer5,890 ZMK+7%
Mining Engineer5,310 ZMK-3%
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Optical Instrument Assembler2,830 ZMK-49%
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Photonics Engineer5,870 ZMK+7%
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Principal Engineer5,130 ZMK-7%
Principal Support Engineer5,360 ZMK-3%
Process Engineer5,320 ZMK-3%
Process Operator3,120 ZMK-43%
Product Development Engineer5,270 ZMK-4%
Product Development Technician3,730 ZMK-32%
Product Engineer5,500 ZMK-0%
Product Safety Engineer5,100 ZMK-7%
Production Engineer5,550 ZMK+1%
Project Engineer5,830 ZMK+6%
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Purchasing Engineer5,050 ZMK-8%
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Service Engineer5,380 ZMK-2%
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Staff Engineer5,160 ZMK-6%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Lusaka6,320 ZMK

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 Zambia earn 17% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
5,580 ZMK
Public Sector+17%
6,540 ZMK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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