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Engineering Average Salaries in Botswana 2021

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Botswana?

Average Monthly Salary
9,910 BWP
( 119,000 BWP yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Botswana typically earns around 9,910 BWP per month. Salaries range from 3,150 BWP (lowest average) to 21,000 BWP (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering 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
Acoustics Engineer10,100 BWP
Assembly Engineering Technician8,410 BWP
Assistant Chief Engineer11,300 BWP
Associate Engineer9,260 BWP
Autocad Operator6,840 BWP
Automation Engineer10,800 BWP
Avionic System Support Engineer9,980 BWP
Biochemical Engineer10,000 BWP
BMS Engineer10,200 BWP
Bridge and Lock Tender5,680 BWP
Broadcast Engineer10,200 BWP
CAD Design Engineer11,200 BWP
CAD Designer6,330 BWP
CAE Engineer10,100 BWP
Ceramics Engineer9,550 BWP
Civil Engineer11,100 BWP
Commissioning Engineer9,800 BWP
Communications Engineer11,500 BWP
Condition Monitoring Engineer8,770 BWP
Contract Associate Engineer10,200 BWP
Control Systems Engineer10,600 BWP
Controls Engineer10,400 BWP
Controls Software Engineer8,860 BWP
Corrosion Engineer9,980 BWP
Design Engineer11,300 BWP
Drafter6,680 BWP
Drafting Manager12,600 BWP
Drilling Engineer10,000 BWP
Electrical Draughtsman5,200 BWP
Electrical Engineer11,600 BWP
Electrical Engineering Manager15,600 BWP
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist11,700 BWP
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler5,310 BWP
Energy Engineer10,900 BWP
Engine Assembler4,840 BWP
Engineer10,700 BWP
Engineering Account Manager12,100 BWP
Engineering Chief Designer12,500 BWP
Engineering Consultant14,000 BWP
Engineering Key Account Manager14,700 BWP
Engineering Lab Technician10,100 BWP
Engineering Planning Manager15,200 BWP
Engineering Production Manager18,900 BWP
Engineering Project Analyst12,200 BWP
Engineering Project Coordinator 12,300 BWP
Engineering Project Director21,000 BWP
Engineering Project Manager14,100 BWP
Engineering Research and Development Manager17,300 BWP
Engineering Safety Coordinator8,170 BWP
Engineering Sales Manager13,700 BWP
Engineering Technician7,840 BWP
Engineering Technologist8,100 BWP
Environmental Engineer10,200 BWP
Equipment Engineer9,780 BWP
Equipment Engineering Manager14,500 BWP
Estimator8,840 BWP
Fabrication Specialist7,400 BWP
Fabricator4,890 BWP
Facade Engineer10,000 BWP
Fiber Analyst6,210 BWP
Field Engineer10,700 BWP
Field Engineering Manager17,800 BWP
Fire Engineer10,300 BWP
Fitter and Turner3,390 BWP
Forestry Strategic Planner12,400 BWP
Generation Engineer11,100 BWP
Genetic Engineer11,100 BWP
Geological Engineer10,400 BWP
Geotechnical Engineer11,500 BWP
Heavy Equipment Mechanic5,530 BWP
Highway Engineer10,100 BWP
HSE Professional9,370 BWP
HVAC Engineer11,100 BWP
HVAC Supervisor9,980 BWP
Industrial Engineer10,300 BWP
Industrial Engineering Technologist10,500 BWP
Instrument Engineer9,930 BWP
Instrumentation and Control Engineer9,930 BWP
Instrumentation Engineer10,800 BWP
Instrumentation Manager10,500 BWP
Irrigation Engineer10,700 BWP
Licensed Aircraft Engineer11,000 BWP
Locomotive Engineer10,300 BWP
Maintenance Engineer9,580 BWP
Maintenance Fitter3,640 BWP
Maintenance Manager10,100 BWP
Manufacturing Engineer10,100 BWP
Marine Engineer10,900 BWP
Materials Engineer9,840 BWP
Materials Researcher9,690 BWP
Materials Technician7,450 BWP
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer11,300 BWP
Mechanical Design Engineer11,600 BWP
Mechanical Designer8,730 BWP
Mechanical Engineer11,000 BWP
Mechanical Engineering Manager14,900 BWP
Mechanical Inspector10,300 BWP
Mechatronics Engineer11,700 BWP
Mining Engineer10,000 BWP
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer11,100 BWP
Optical Engineer9,800 BWP
Optical Instrument Assembler5,260 BWP
PCB Assembler3,800 BWP
Photonics Engineer11,500 BWP
Photonics Technician9,600 BWP
Pipeline Engineer10,000 BWP
Piping Designer5,520 BWP
Piping Engineer9,590 BWP
Planning Engineer10,900 BWP
Pressure Vessel Inspector5,170 BWP
Principal Cost Engineer11,000 BWP
Principal Engineer10,200 BWP
Principal Support Engineer10,500 BWP
Process Engineer10,300 BWP
Process Operator6,320 BWP
Product Development Engineer11,200 BWP
Product Development Technician7,880 BWP
Product Engineer11,500 BWP
Product Safety Engineer9,580 BWP
Production Engineer10,700 BWP
Project Engineer10,900 BWP
Proposal Manager13,500 BWP
Purchasing Engineer9,440 BWP
Quality Assurance Engineer10,500 BWP
Rail Engineer10,900 BWP
Robotics Engineer12,500 BWP
Robotics Technician8,440 BWP
Safety Engineer10,100 BWP
Safety Inspector7,840 BWP
Safety Manager12,200 BWP
Safety Officer5,260 BWP
Sales Engineer11,200 BWP
Scheduling Engineer10,000 BWP
Service Engineer11,400 BWP
Solar Engineer10,900 BWP
Staff Engineer10,100 BWP
Static Equipment Engineer10,000 BWP
Stationary Engineer9,310 BWP
Stress Engineer9,450 BWP
Structural Analysis Engineer10,300 BWP
Structural Designer8,940 BWP
Structural Engineer10,500 BWP
Structural Technician7,100 BWP
Supply Chain Specialist10,700 BWP
Surveyor7,930 BWP
Technical Affairs Officer5,350 BWP
Technical Assistant5,260 BWP
Technical Engineer9,240 BWP
Technical Support Engineer8,770 BWP
Tender Engineer9,030 BWP
Test Development Engineer10,700 BWP
Transportation Engineer9,860 BWP
Validation Engineer9,870 BWP
Verification Engineer9,980 BWP
Wastewater Engineer10,300 BWP
Wind Energy Engineer10,600 BWP
Wind Energy Operations Manager14,300 BWP
Work Planner7,130 BWP

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Botswana

Median and salary distribution monthly Botswana Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Botswana range from 3,150 BWP per month (minimum average salary) to 21,000 BWP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,710 BWP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 9,710 BWP while the other half are earning more than 9,710 BWP. 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 Engineering are earning less than 5,790 BWP while 75% of them are earning more than 5,790 BWP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 15,000 BWP while 25% are earning more than 15,000 BWP.

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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 Botswana costs anywhere from 58,700 Pula(s) to 176,000 Pula(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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Botswana Engineering
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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 Botswana who work in Engineering earn 15% more than their female counterparts on average.

10,600 BWP
9,250 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Botswana for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Botswana
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Botswana

How much are annual salary increments in Botswana for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Botswana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Botswana Engineering
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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.

Botswana / 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 Botswana is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Botswana 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Botswana

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Botswana Engineering
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Engineering 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.

66% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Botswana

57 BWP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Botswana is 57 BWP. This means that the average person in Botswana earns approximately 57 BWP 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Botswana
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Gaborone12,200 BWP

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 Botswana earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
11,000 BWP
Public Sector+11%
12,200 BWP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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