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Average Salary in Ireland 2020

How much money does a person working in Ireland make?

Average Yearly Salary
147,000 EUR
( 12,300 EUR monthly)


A person working in Ireland typically earns around 147,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 19,900 EUR (lowest) to 653,000 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Ireland

Median and salary distribution yearly Ireland

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Ireland range between 19,900 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 653,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 147,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 147,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 147,000 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 75,300 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 75,300 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 400,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 400,000 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Ireland

How are Ireland salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Ireland
Average Salary 2016
133,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
138,000 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
142,000 EUR
Average Salary 2019+1%
143,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Ireland are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant107,000 EUR
Accounting Assistant103,000 EUR
Accounting Manager190,000 EUR
Bookkeeper81,600 EUR
Chartered Accountant137,000 EUR
Corporate Treasurer257,000 EUR
Financial Analyst158,000 EUR
Financial Manager297,000 EUR
Internal Auditor158,000 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant80,000 EUR
Office Manager99,700 EUR
Receptionist80,800 EUR
Secretary79,200 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director151,000 EUR
Creative Director161,000 EUR
Graphic Designer101,000 EUR
Photographer99,900 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer165,000 EUR
Air Traffic Controller154,000 EUR
Flight Attendant125,000 EUR
Pilot175,000 EUR

Architect136,000 EUR
CAD Drafter115,000 EUR

Mechanic78,700 EUR
Service Advisor119,000 EUR

Bank Branch Manager229,000 EUR
Teller97,900 EUR

Teacher121,000 EUR
Translator137,000 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst176,000 EUR
Business Development Manager238,000 EUR
Project Manager182,000 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny92,100 EUR
Nursery Teacher104,000 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer139,000 EUR
Construction Project Manager180,000 EUR
Health and Safety Officer97,900 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative104,000 EUR
Customer Service Manager206,000 EUR
Customer Service Representative110,000 EUR

Civil Engineer133,000 EUR
Electrical Engineer146,000 EUR
Engineer136,000 EUR
Mechanical Engineer141,000 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer337,000 EUR
Chief Financial Officer305,000 EUR
General Manager275,000 EUR
Project Manager163,000 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef125,000 EUR
Executive Chef135,000 EUR
Hotel Manager217,000 EUR
Receptionist115,000 EUR
Travel Agent125,000 EUR
Waiter / Waitress92,800 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist378,000 EUR
Dietitian350,000 EUR
Laboratory Technician109,000 EUR
Nurse121,000 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager199,000 EUR
Human Resources Officer120,000 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician121,000 EUR
Database Administrator150,000 EUR
Developer / Programmer131,000 EUR
Information Technology Manager215,000 EUR
Network Engineer135,000 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer116,000 EUR

Attorney219,000 EUR
Legal Assistant109,000 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist155,000 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer126,000 EUR
Pharmacist175,000 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier87,700 EUR
Sales Manager248,000 EUR
Sales Representative93,900 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher104,000 EUR
Secondary School Teacher126,000 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Ireland

71 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 71 EUR. This means that the average person in Ireland earns approximatly 71 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork165,000 EUR
Dublin173,000 EUR
Galway150,000 EUR
Limerick159,000 EUR
Waterford142,000 EUR
43594 - 532

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