Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Working Hard for the Dirham - Average Moroccan Monthly Salary

Here is an article from MENA (Middle East North Africa Financial Network) on the average monthly income for a Moroccan family.
They are saying that it is 5,300 DH (Dirhams) which comes to about $658.12 USD . Well that should humble us spoiled Americans a bit.


Morocco- Households' average monthly income at MAD5,300
Morocco Business News - 02/07/2009

(MENAFN - Morocco Business News) The average monthly income of Moroccan households stands at about MAD 5,300, a figure that hides flagrant discrepancies between the city and the countryside, MAD 6,100 and MAD 3,900 respectively, and between social classes themselves.

According to a survey conduced by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), about 20% of households have a monthly income of less than MAD 1,930, 40% less than MAD 2,892, 60% less than MAD 4,227 and 80% less than MAD 6,650.

The study, which was presented on Tuesday, found that the average monthly income varies according to the educational level, age, sex and the socio-professional category of the head of the family.

This income mainly comes from paid work and private non-agricultural activities (about 63%), mainly in urban areas, while agricultural activities are the main source of income in the rural ones (41%).

The survey, involving a diversified sample of 7,200 households, also revealed that 20% the households that have the highest salaries monopolise 52.6% of the overall wage bill, while 20% of households with the lowest salaries share only 5.4% of this wage bill.

"The results of this survey have allowed for a better understanding of the poverty dynamics, through three macroeconomic approaches making possible to define the factors that induced the changes noticed between 1985 and 2007, underlined Ahmed Lahlimi, the head of the HCP.

This has shown that the sustainable reduction of poverty requires maintaining the growth rate and reinforcing social equality mechanisms mainly through educing disparities in terms of income, added Lahlimi.

An earlier survey on the Moroccan middle class, which was presented in May, had found that this social class represents 53% of the Moroccan population.

The study showed that while 48% of the people belonging to the class are active, 8.2% of them are unemployed and 43.7% inactive, 26% of them housewives.

The study also revealed that the Moroccan middle class has a number of social concerns including high living costs, drought, school drop-out, unemployment, diseases, and security.


  1. These statistics are meaningless. Let me break it down... In cities like Rabat, the average salary is not determined based upon the nuclear family, but rather, it is based upon the living unit. Often times, a married couple will live with parents and/or other brothers and sisters. Here is how it works, the average income is 100% dependant upon class. There is no real middle class. There are the poor and the working poor... and the upper middle class and then the filthy rich. The poor and working poor make as a oollective family until around 5000 DH per month. The average upper middle class make around 20,000 to 30,000 per month and the Filthy rich make over 50,000 DH per month.

  2. There are employees whom get paid 110 usd a month working for the gov offices like " promotion nationale" how about that?

  3. i work 16 hours a day. 33 dh a day. 1000 dh a month

  4. I just spoke to a friend I made in Marrech, having met him in a hostel. He makes 2000 dirham a month and this is to cover expenses for his wife and family :(