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Here is the list of Countries that Pay the Highest Minimum Wage in Africa.

Top 10 African Countries that Pay the Highest Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage is is simply referred to as the lowest amount a worker can be legally paid for his work. Most African countries have a nation-wide minimum wage that all workers must be paid.

PS: The currencies were converted to US Dollar.

Top 10 African Countries that Pay the Highest Minimum Wage

10. Comoros (Minimum wage: $124)

Top 10 African Countries that Pay the Highest Minimum Wage

Comoros is a country located in the Eastern Africa region with a population of 578,000 and an average life span of 60.0 years.

What is Comoros Minimum Wage?

Comoros’ minimum wage rate is 55,000 Comorian francs per month. Comoros’ minimum wage was last changed in 1-Jan-2015.

9. Cape Verde (Minimum Wage: $129)

Cape Verde has a government-mandated minimum wage, and no worker in Cape Verde can be paid less then this mandatory minimum rate of pay. Employers in Cape Verde who fail to pay the Minimum Wage may be subject to punishment by Cape Verde’s government.

What is Cape Verde’s Minimum Wage?

The Cape Verdean minimum wage for employees in the private sector was recently increased from 11,000 to 13,000 escudos per month.

The government’s aim is increase this salary to 15,000 escudos by the end of its term of office (2021).

8. Algeria (Minimum Wage: $150)

Algeria is a country located in the Northern Africa region with a population of 31,471,000 and an average life span of 69.7 years.

What is Algeria’s Minimum Wage?

The minimum wage in Algeria is 18,000 Algerian dinars per month for all workers. Algeria’s minimum wage was last changed in 2012.

7. Republic of Congo (Minimum Wage: $152)

The Republic of Congo is a country located in the western coast of Central Africa.

What is the Congo Brazzaville’s Minimum Wage?

The minimum wage in Congo Brazzaville is 90,000 CFA francs per month in the formal sector. But the legal monthly minimum wage is 50,400 CFA francs. Republic of the Congo’s minimum wage was last changed in 1-Jan-2015.

6. Djibouti (Minimum Wage: $196.7)

Djibouti is a country located in the Eastern Africa region with a population of 638,000.

The region has no national minimum wage, as it was canceled by the 2006 Labor Code for occupational categories. Wages are set after common agreement between employers and employees.

What is the Djibouti’s Minimum Wage?

For public sector workers, minimum wage is 35,000 DFJ per month. Djibouti’s minimum wage was last changed in 1-Jan-2015.

5. South Africa Rand (Minimum Wage: $168.56 to $204.47)

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 24th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 58 million people, is also the world’s most populous nation.

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South Africa’s first-ever national minimum wage took effect in January 2019.

What is South Africa’s Minimum Wage?

The legislation stipulates a minimum national rate of R20 per hour, or R3 500 per month, depending on the number of hours worked.
The R20 an hour rate will be phased in slowly in the agriculture and domestic work sectors, with workers earning R18 and R15 per hour respectively.

4. Equatorial Guinea (Minimum Wage: $219.11 )

Equatorial Guinea is a country located on the west coast of Central Africa.

Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil producers. It is subsequently the 3rd richest country per capita in Africa.

Equatorial Guinea’s Minimum Wage is the lowest amount a worker can be legally paid for his work.

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What is Equatorial Guinea’s Minimum Wage?

Equatorial Guinea’s minimum wage is 129,035 CFA franc Equatorial Guinea’s minimum wage was last changed in 1-Jan-2015.

3. Gabon (Minimum Wage: $253)

Gabon, country lying on the west coast of Africa, astride the Equator. A former French colony, Gabon retains strong ties to France and to the French language and culture. The capital is Libreville.

What is the Gabon’s Minimum Wage?

Gabon’s minimum wage is 150,000 CFA francs per month. Gabon government workers receive an additional monthly allowance of 20,000 CFA francs per child; government workers also receive transportation, housing,and family benefits. The law does not mandate housing or family benefits for private sector workers. Gabon’s minimum wage was last changed in 1-Feb-2010.

2. Morocco (Minimum Wage: $310.53)

Morocco is mountainous country of western North Africa that lies directly across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain.

What is Morocco’s Minimum Wage?

Morocco’s minimum wage is 3,000 MAD per month in public sector,2 570.86 MAD per month in private sector.

Following an agreement between the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) and three trade unions in April 2019, it was decided to increase the Minimum Wage (SMIG) by 10% over two years.

The second increase of the same percentage will be applicable as of July 1, 2020.

1. Libya (Minimum Wage: $322.58)

Despite the structural problems including a lack of institutions, weak governance, and chronic structural unemployment currently plaguing libya. The country still manages to pay the Highest Minimum wage Africa.

What is Libya’s Minimum Wage?

Libya currently has the highest minimum wage in Africa. Libyan workers earn a minimum wage of 450 Libyan dinars per month.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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