Wage and salary in Vietnam are very dissimilar across occupations and contrast starkly between urban and rural areas. The average wage per person in Vietnam is around 3.2 million VND ($150) a month and differentiated by many factors.

Like many other economies in the world, the type of jobs firstly divides the salary level in Vietnam. The top professions that pay the highest salary are Mineral and Metallurgy (9.2million VND/month), Banking (7.6million VND/month) and Pharmacy (7million VND/month) while some other jobs like Textile or Food Industry workers only pay their labors with the wage from 2.5 to 3.1 million VND a month.

There is also a significant gap in salary between different positions in work; for example, the salary for the administrative staff is often between 5 million to 6.5 million VND, while the wage for a CEO varies between 100 million and 300 million VND.

Additionally, the wage is distinguished between private and state-owned companies. Most state officers and employees has very low pay jobs, usually equal to 1/3 or 1/5, or even 1/10 the wage of the private officers in the same post, especially in some core professions such as education and medical care. The salary of the state officers in other industries like banking, petroleum or energy could be higher, but still not matched with the private sector employees.

There is also a growing preference towards working administrative tasks in foreign-owned company, which offer competitive rate of payment. However, due to the limited English skills and education quality, not many are able to successfully apply for the job.

Update 2018: Top 10 highest-paying jobs in Vietnam according to VOV.vn

Career Average monthly salary (VND/USD)
Hotel CEO 230-300 million VND ~ $10,000-15,000 US
Bank CEO Over 100 million VND ~ $4,500 US
Pilot 70-80 million VND ~ $3,000-4,000 US
HR Managers 30-100 million VND ~ $1,500-4,500 US
Software Developers (IT) 20-30 million VND ~ $900-1,200 US
Medical/healthcare 24 million VND ~ $1,100 US
Air hostess/Air host 18-20 million VND ~ $800-900 US
Secretarial job 18 million VND ~ $800 US
Engineer (Construction) 17 million VND ~ $750 US
Real Estate 16 million VND ~ $700 US

Source: VOV

This page was last updated on 04 Feb 2018


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