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Average Salary in Iraq

How much does a worker in Iraq make?

An Iraqi worker normally makes 2,050,000 IQD per month. This salary includes all factors such as annual bonus, seven-day workweek, and paid vacation.

The total amount of money includes all factors such as rental, transportation, and electricity bill. The average salary in Iraq is increasing day by day even though the number of unemployed people increased due to the war or other problems.

Iraqi Salaries Distribution

Pay Scale

Iraqi monthly wages start at 518,000 IQD. This is equivalent to $415 US dollars. This salary number is for low-level employees with only high school degrees.

The highest salaries in Iraq are over 30,000 IQD or $25,500 US dollars per month for senior managers of large companies.

Iraqi currencies change frequently due to changes in the supply and demand of goods in the marketplace.

Median Wage

The median monthly wage is 2,010,000 IQD, which implies that half of the population earns less than 2,010,000 IQD and the other half earns more.

This median salary also depends on other factors like gender (Males earn higher median wage than females) and education level (degree holders earn more salary than non-degree holders).


25% of the population earns less than 1,140,000 IQD whereas 75% earn more. Percentiles are used for allocating high salaries to one individual in a group.

This is because 6 out of 7 people earn more than the median salary, so it is not possible for 1 person to earn the highest salary in the country when there are many who earn more than them.

What is the median vs average salary in terms of compensation?

The difference between average and median salaries is that the average salary takes into account all the incomes, while the median only considers one value. This means that it calculates to just one value.

The average salary is higher than the median because it takes into consideration all of the incomes.

Iraqi Salary by Years of Experience

How does one’s pay grow over time in Iraq?

Workers in Iraq receive a paycheck every month, and their pay will grow over time. Iraqi’s income growth can be seen in the table above. The data was collected by considering industry and annual work experience in Iraq.

For example, workers who have worked in the industry for one year receive IQD 20,000 monthly income. With 4 years of work experience in the industry, workers receive IQD 40,000 per month.

The more experienced someone is in their career the more they make each year. A simple calculation can be done by multiplying your average yearly income by 5 (IQD 20,000 X 5 = 100,000).

This shows that with an addition of five years on your resume you will nearly double your salary every single year on the job.

Salary By Education

What influence does education have on pay for Iraqi workers?

In Iraq, more education means a higher salary on average. This shows that the national average for salaries increases with each additional year of education completed.

The highest earners are those who hold at least an undergraduate degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, or Engineering. These workers earn over IQD 1 million per month. Those who finish secondary school but do not obtain an undergraduate degree earn nearly half that amount at IQD 598k per month on average.

Those below secondary school earn under IQD 200k per month on average. There is also a distinction between males and females.

Men typically earn 33% more than women if they have equal levels of education, holding all other variables constant.

Gender Pay Gap in Iraq

Male workers in Iraq earn 20% more than female employees in all industries. In the public sector, male workers earn 57% more than women.

In general, women have a higher level of education in Iraq with 34% of Iraqi women having a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to just 23% of men.

However, women in Iraq are still paid less than men for their education.

The gender pay gap is greater during the prime working ages of 35-54. A man’s median hourly rate drops to 70% of a woman’s wages between ages 25 and 34 before they both earn close to 100% by ages 55-64.

This indicates that Iraq has an issue with retaining female employees in the workforce.

Iraqi Annual Salary Increase Percentage

How much are yearly raises in Iraq? How frequently do workers receive raises?

Iraqi employees may expect a 7% pay raise every 20 months. In the past, salary raises were made less frequently. Salary increase also depends on the type of industry and job position.

For example, the job position of manager gets 5% more than a regular employee. Job title like “engineer” gets 4% more than a regular employee. Job title like “driver” or “guard” gets 3% more than a regular employee.

Some companies only gave salary raises to managers and engineers while other employers did not give any pay raises at all.

Annual Industry Increment Rate in Iraq

  • Energy – 8%
  • Construction – 6%
  • Manufacturing – 6%
  • Finance and Insurance – 3%
  • Tourism – 3%
  • Wholesale and Retail – 5%
  • Agriculture – 6%
  • Transportation – 3%
  • Health Care and Social Assistance – 4.2%
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing – 4.3%

Companies in booming sectors have a tendency to provide greater and more frequent increases to their employees.

There are few exceptions, but, in general, the financial health of any firm is directly tied to the state of the economy of the nation or area in which it operates.

These data are subject to periodic revision.

Average Salary Increase by Experience Level in Iraq

In Iraq, a person’s salary increases with their level of experience. On average, a person experiences an increase of IQD 550 per month for each year they have worked more.

A person with 10 years of experience makes on average IQD 1,500 more than a less experienced worker. For this reason, it is beneficial to stay in the same job for 10 years or longer.

People who are unemployed can try to find jobs that pay close to what they were making before so that their earnings will not fall drastically once they start working.

Iraqi Bonus and Incentive Compensation Rates

What is the amount and frequency with which bonuses are awarded to Iraqi workers?

Bonuses and incentives in Iraq are often times very high. The highest bonus given was $20,000 QIN and the average bonus is $8,000 IQD per year.

Iraq also has a very low turnover rate because of its bonuses and benefits system.

Because of this, employees do not need to be regularly monitored or fired as often as workers in other countries would.

Iraqi workers are awarded bonuses for many reasons including meeting production quotas, perfect attendance, good behavior, etc. Bonuses are usually paid during the Eid holiday which lasts for three days (three working days).

Some companies will pay 30-50% of an employee’s salary as a bonus every month.

This is normally only offered to managers and executives at large corporations.

Different Types of Bonuses

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

These are bonuses that are based on an individual employee’s performance. These types of bonuses are not given to everyone in the company, but only to top performers.

This is a method for companies to motivate employees, improve overall productivity by encouraging teamwork, and reward high-quality work.

Company Performance-Based Bonuses

These are part of the salary package that is offered to employees in many companies to motivate them to work harder.

These bonuses are designed with the goal of increasing production, which would result in financial gain for the company as well as positive gains for the employees who benefit from higher wages or better benefits.

Company performance-based bonuses are given when the company has achieved a goal that it has set for itself or met a certain benchmark in revenue, output, or quality.

It is an indicator of the company’s success in meeting its operating budget and achieving its production goals.

These performance-based bonuses are often in the form of cash incentives given to employees. However, there are also non-cash options like gift cards, prizes, trips, etc.

All of these rewards are meant to recognize employees who have done something exceptional which resulted in improved productivity for the company.

Bonuses for Achieving Goals

Goal-based bonuses are given the employees who have achieved a certain goal.

To stay competitive in the job market, companies may offer incentives such as bonuses for achieving certain goals.

These rewards can be beneficial to both employees and employers by taking advantage of motivation strategies and increasing productivity within organizations.

Some managers award bonuses to their staff because they feel pressure from their own bosses to do so or think it is necessary to motivate workers who need financial encouragement.

The aim of a bonus is generally to provide extra monetary compensation and recognition for an employee’s effort but also serve as a form of encouragement that will inspire them to work harder in the future.

Bonuses for the Holidays and the End of the Year

Holiday bonuses are based on different reasons, but they all have one thing in common: They include an extra bonus of money, paid to employees for working during the holidays and/or for working during a holiday season.

Employers give holiday bonuses as a recognition for the good work that their employees provided throughout the year and as a way to thank them for their efforts.

Other employers give holiday bonuses to increase employee productivity and loyalty, motivating them even more after receiving such a gift.

Employers usually pay these special bonuses twice a year: Employees receive half of it before Christmas (in December) and they receive the other half right after New Year’s Eve (in January).

Industries with extremely hard working conditions or those that run all year round without stopping to take breaks or days off may pay their employees an extra bonus in August instead of December.

Bonus Rates in Different Career Fields

What distinguishes a job as deserving of generous incentives and a high salary in Iraq?

In Iraq, jobs such as engineers, doctors, investors, architects,s and lawyers are considered to be the most prestigious jobs with high pay.

An engineer can make roughly IQD  $350,000 per annum which is quite a lot considering the geographic location of Iraq.

This is why engineers are paid so high. Other jobs in Iraq have lower salaries, just because they are not as prestigious. Some of these jobs include being an oil worker, businessman/woman, farmer, or construction worker.

These low-paying jobs just do not offer the same amount of incentives that some other career fields provide.

Comparing Bonuses Based on Seniority in Iraq

The bonuses that are given out to workers in Iraq might differ upon their seniority.

For example, if there was a worker who had worked with the company for five years and another worker who has only been working for three months, the worker who has only been working for three months would receive less than half of what the other one will receive.

Furthermore, each year that one works at this company then they will get an increase in their bonus. In Iraq, the following year for working would be at least an additional 1,000 IQD to their yearly pay.

On the other hand, if the worker were to leave this company then they will lose all of the bonus that they have accumulated over the years. However, if a worker leaves before even working with the company for one year then they will not receive any bonuses at all.

After being employed with this company for three years, it is guaranteed that one can receive up to 50% of what they are making now in their monthly salary as a bonus.

Starting from that third year, each consecutive year that someone works here then their percentage increases by ten percent.

Salary Ranges for Popular Professions in Iraq

Administration / Reception / Secretarial

  • Administrative Assistant – 1,110,000 IQD
  • Office Manager – 1,910,000 IQD
  • Executive Secretary – 2,420,000 IQD
  • Office Clerk – 680,000 IQD
  • Receptionist – 510,000 IQD

Customer Service / Call Center

  • Call Center Representative (Bilingual) – 1,540,000 IQD
  • Customer Relations Associate – 780,000 IQD
  • TeleMarketing Agent – 730,000 IQD
  • General Office Clerk – 680,000 IQD
  • Customer Care Specialist – 1,630,000 IQD

General Office

  • Engineer – 1,900,000 IQD
  • Draftsperson – 870,000 IQD
  • Graphic Designer – 1,440,000 IQD
  • Administrative Assistant (Bilingual) – 1,160.000 IQD
  • Office Manager (Bilingual) – 1,910,000 IQD
  • Executive Secretary (Bilingual) – 2,420.000 IQD
  • Receptionist (Bilingual) – 510,000 IQD
  • Payroll Clerk- 780,000 IQD

Medical / Healthcare / Pharmaceutical

  • Pharmacist – 1,680,000 IQD
  • Health Information Management Clerk – 1,210,000 IQD
  • General Office Clerk – 680,000 IQD
  • Nurse – 1,310,000 IQD

Marketing / Sales / Advertising / PR

  • Public Relations Officer – 950,000 IQD
  • Marketing Consultant- 1,500.000 IQD
  • Advertising Professional- 1,300,000 IQD
  • Graphic Designer – 1,440,000 IQD

Iraq’s Average Hourly Wage

Iraq’s average hourly salary (pay per hour) is 11,800 Iraqi dinars (IQD). This indicates that the ordinary Iraqi earns around 11,800 Iraqi dinars (IQD) for every hour of labor.

Salary Comparison Between the Public and Private Sectors in Iraq

Iraq’s average hourly salary (pay per hour) is 11,800 Iraqi dinars (IQD). This indicates that the ordinary Iraqi earns around 11,800 Iraqi dinars (IQD) for every hour of labor.

The highest-paying industry in Iraq is communications, which pays employees an average hourly salary (pay per hour) of 16,500 IQD. The second-highest-paying sector is mining and quarrying, where employees earn around 14,350 IQD each hour.

At the lowest end are restaurants and hotels at 940 IQD per hour.

Under the public sector work scheme in Iraq, workers are paid fixed monthly salaries formatted by job title; this does not include any bonuses or additional compensation.