Registered Nurses Salary Scale in all the 55 African Countries. How much salary does nurses earn in Africa?

Nurses are an integral part of a countries health sector and their renumeration should also be a topic of discussion especially in Africa where nurses are few in number, underappreciated and grossly poorly paid inspite of their huge contribution to patient care. Apart from poor salaries, Africa is the only continent in the world with the least number of nurses and also the least number of institutions for nursing training like school of nursing and midwifery and citadel of higher learning for nursing. However, not to derail, the purpose of this article is to look into how much nurses actually nurses actually earn in salaries monthly in Africa.

Today, yours sincerely,, have decided to do some deep research into registered nurses salary in the 55 African countries while making comparison with what their counterparts earn in developed countries like USA, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands etc.

Each African country salary for nurses for will be pegged in United states dollars for ease of comparison.

At the each of their article, you should be able to know the following

🗣 The highest paying countries for nurses in Africa

🗣 The lowest or least paying countries for nurses in Africa.

🗣 Compare and contrast how much the big three African countries like Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt pay their nurses and midwives.

1. Algeria: A senior nurse in Algeria earns about 173,000 DZD ($1300) every month. This is huge in dollars but the hyper inflation in Algeria makes the salary too small for nurses.

2. Angola: A senior nurse in Angola is paid 212, 000 AOA ($324) monthly. This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits plus tax.

3. Benin Republic: A Nurse in Benin Republic typically earns around 328,000 XOF ($60) per month.

4. Botswana: A Staff Nurse in Botswana typically earns around 9,490 BWP ($870) per month. Salaries range from 5,130 BWP (lowest) to 14,300 BWP (highest).

5. Burkina Faso: In Burkina Faso, a nurse earns an average of 320,000 XOF ($585) monthly.

6. Burundi: A senior nurse in Burundi earns 1,140,000 Burundi francs ($581) monthly and this is before tax… considering the inflation rate in Burundi, nurses are poorly paid in Burundi.

7. Cameroon: Nurses and doctors in Cameroon have been going on incessant strike actions over poor pay, lack of basic health facilities and low health budget. A nurse in Cameroon is paid about 444,000 Central African Franc monthly which is an equivalent of $815 monthly.

8. Cape Verde: In Cape Verde, a nurse earns an average of 197,000 CVE ($2,150) monthly.

9. Central African Republic: Right now, Central African Republic (CAR) is bedeviled with ethno-religious war with unstable government and you find very few doctors and nurses there. Nurses and doctors in CAR more or less works for the united Nations….a nurse in Central African Republic earns an salary of 418,000 XAF ($767) monthly.

10. Chad:The Republic of Chad recently lost their strongman president in the warfront(as reported) and the country is quite unstable. A registered nurse in Tchad is paid 381,000 XAF ($700) monthly.

11. Comoros: The Comoros,officially the Union of the Comoros,is an island country in the Indian Ocean, at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa. A registered nurse in Comoros is paid 234,000 KMF ($575) monthly.

12. Congo: a registered nurse in Democratic Republic of Congo earns an average salary of 367,000 CDF ($183) monthly.

13. Ivory Coast: A very senior registered nurse in Côte d’Ivoire earns about 495,787 CFA ($908) monthly.

14. Djibouti: A registered nurses in Djibouti typically earns an average salary of 208,000 DJF ($1,170) monthly. This includes housing, transport, health allowances.

15. Egypt: The average salary range for a Registered Nurse is between EGP 100,450 and EGP 175,392. That is around $6500 – $12,000 yearly before tax deductions.

16. Equatorial Guinea: In Equatorial Guinea, the average salary of a registered nurse or midwife is about 465,000 XAF ($860) monthly.

17. Eritrea: Eritea is a country that broke away from Ethiopia in the 90s and they are still grappling with nationhood. A nurse in Eritea earns about 6700 ERN monthly.

18. Ethiopia: In Ethiopia, a nurse in Ethiopia earns an average of 8,590 ETB which is an equivalent of $204 monthly.

19. Gabon: The average monthly salary of a registered nurse or registered midwife in Gabon is around 425,000 XAF ($780).

20. Gambia: In Gambia, a senior nurse earns an average of 15,400 GMD ($300) per month.

21. Ghana: For registered nurses Ghana, they are not really well paid and their salaries are based on their level of learning and experience. On the normal, registered nurses in Ghana earn between $300 – $400 monthly and between $3,600 and $4,800 yearly. However, this is only after-tax deductions and levies. Normally, this salary should be great for monthly survival, but the high cost of living and utilities has forced many nurses in Ghana to take up a second job to make ends meet.

22. Guinea: In Guinea, a nurse is paid an average salary of 5,020,000 GNF ($505) monthly.

23. Guinea-Bissau: a nurse in Guinea Bissau earns an average salary of 340,000 XOF monthly, an equivalence of $622 in United States Dollars.

24. Kenya: Nurses in Kenya have been agitating for better pay for many years through their union-the Kenya National Union Of Nurses (KNUN). The seemingly endless industrial actions called by KNUN have resulted in needless deaths as county governments remain unmoved by the nurses’ plight. A Nurse in Kenya typically earns around 142,000 Ksh per month. Salaries range from 91,100 Ksh (lowest average) to 273,000 Ksh (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher) according salaryexplorer.

25. Lesotho,

26. Liberia,

27. Libya,

28. Madagascar,

29. Malawi,

30. Mali,

31. Mauritania,

32. Mauritius,

33. Morocco,

34. Mozambique,

35. Namibia,

36. Niger,

37. Nigeria,

38. Rwanda: The health sector is Rwanda is bedeviled with incessant strike actions by nurses and doctors over poor salaries and shortage of staff. A person working in Nursing in Rwanda typically earns around 669,000 RWF ($665) per month before tax.

39. Sao Tome and Principe,

40. Senegal,

41. Seychelles,

42. Sierra Leone,

43. Somalia: Somalia is a war torn country still striving to attain nationhood. Nurses and doctors in this country are more or less paid by NGOs and the salary is quite meagre.

44. South Africa: According to, in South Africa, entry level nurses take home just over R12,000 per month (US$850), translating to R144,000 ($9,934.32) annually. This amount includes transport, house allowance and other benefits. Experience also determines how much a nurse is paid.

45. Sudan: Nurses earn about 36,200 ($88) SDG monthly in Sudan.

46. South Sudan: are you a nurse or a doctor? South Sudam is not your best destination of practice because Egypt pays doctors and nurses one of the least salaries in Africa and in the world.

47. Swaziland: Swaziland is a small country that runs a monarchy system of government. A nurses in Swaziland earns a monthly salary of about 4,350 SZL ($305.

48. Tanzania: From the denial of coronavirus by no other person other than the Tazanian govt, it became clear to all that Tazania as a country does not take health serious and this will tell on the remuneration of health workers in the country. A nurse in Tanzania earns a meagre salary of 1,220,000 TZS ($526) monthly.

49. Togo: A nurse in Togo earns a monthly salary of 509,000 XOF ($936).

50. Tunisia: In Tunisia, a nurse is paid 2,970 TND ($1,081) monthly.

51. Uganda: An enrolled nurse in Uganda earns about USh 4,913,176 ($1,381) monthly. Salary scale for medical workers in Uganda will be discussed in another article.

52. Zambia: in Zambia, a nurse earns 5,800 ZMK ($260) monthly.

53. Zimbabwe: Healthworkers have been demanding salaries in foreign currency, citing the collapse of Zimbabwe’s newly reintroduced currency. After a decade of dollarisation, Zimbabwe last year reintroduced its currency but it has been losing value rapidly against major currencies with its attendant economic hardship. Even with a 50 percent increase in nurses salary in the South African country, the money has almost totally lost its value as a legal tender. According to the Zimbabwe Nurses Association secretary general Enock Dongo, the least-paid nurses were earning a net monthly salary of 2,000 Zimbabwe dollars (US$4) and begged to govt to pay nurses salaries that can compete both in the local and the international currency market.

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