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Average Salary in Skopje 2020

How much money does a person working in Skopje make?

Average Monthly Salary
123,000 MKD
( 1,480,000 MKD yearly)


A person working in Skopje typically earns around 123,000 MKD per month. Salaries range from 16,700 MKD (lowest average) to 545,000 MKD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Skopje

Median and salary distribution monthly Skopje
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Skopje range from 16,700 MKD per month (minimum salary) to 545,000 MKD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 126,000 MKD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 126,000 MKD while the other half are earning more than 126,000 MKD. 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 64,000 MKD while 75% of them are earning more than 64,000 MKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 342,000 MKD while 25% are earning more than 342,000 MKD.

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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Macedonia costs anywhere from 530,000 Denar(s) to 1,590,000 Denar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Macedonia earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

102,000 MKD
109,000 MKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Macedonia

How much are annual salary increments in Macedonia? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Macedonia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 4% every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Macedonia is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Macedonia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Macedonia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Macedonia
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69% of surveyed staff in Macedonia reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Macedonia earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
99,600 MKD
Public Sector+11%
110,000 MKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Macedonia

How are Macedonia salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

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Average Salary 2016
97,400 MKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
101,000 MKD
Average Salary 2018+1%
102,000 MKD
Average Salary 2019+2%
104,000 MKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Macedonia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant78,100 MKD
Accounting Assistant73,800 MKD
Accounting Manager159,000 MKD
Bookkeeper63,200 MKD
Chartered Accountant103,000 MKD
Corporate Treasurer211,000 MKD
Financial Analyst124,000 MKD
Financial Manager240,000 MKD
Internal Auditor116,000 MKD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant62,600 MKD
Office Manager79,200 MKD
Receptionist88,100 MKD
Secretary63,700 MKD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director114,000 MKD
Creative Director115,000 MKD
Graphic Designer78,900 MKD
Photographer82,500 MKD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer132,000 MKD
Air Traffic Controller121,000 MKD
Flight Attendant101,000 MKD
Pilot141,000 MKD

Architect106,000 MKD
CAD Drafter90,600 MKD

Mechanic60,900 MKD
Service Advisor88,000 MKD

Bank Branch Manager171,000 MKD
Teller77,800 MKD

Teacher92,700 MKD
Translator103,000 MKD

Business Planning
Business Analyst138,000 MKD
Business Development Manager170,000 MKD
Project Manager130,000 MKD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny71,100 MKD
Nursery Teacher84,800 MKD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer110,000 MKD
Construction Project Manager144,000 MKD
Health and Safety Officer77,000 MKD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative83,400 MKD
Customer Service Manager150,000 MKD
Customer Service Representative78,400 MKD

Electrical Engineer113,000 MKD
Engineer101,000 MKD
Mechanical Engineer112,000 MKD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer261,000 MKD
Chief Financial Officer252,000 MKD
General Manager200,000 MKD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef98,200 MKD
Executive Chef102,000 MKD
Hotel Manager166,000 MKD
Travel Agent91,700 MKD
Waiter / Waitress73,500 MKD

Health and Medical
Dentist284,000 MKD
Dietitian271,000 MKD
Laboratory Technician86,400 MKD
Nurse90,600 MKD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager167,000 MKD
Human Resources Officer91,500 MKD

Information Technology
Computer Technician86,600 MKD
Database Administrator118,000 MKD
Developer / Programmer98,100 MKD
Information Technology Manager170,000 MKD
Network Engineer105,000 MKD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer90,400 MKD

Attorney171,000 MKD
Legal Assistant83,400 MKD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist111,000 MKD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer97,100 MKD
Pharmacist129,000 MKD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier66,500 MKD
Sales Manager187,000 MKD
Sales Representative76,300 MKD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher83,400 MKD
Secondary School Teacher93,100 MKD

Average Hourly Wage in Skopje

710 MKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Skopje is 710 MKD. This means that the average person in Skopje earns approximately 710 MKD for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Skopje VS Macedonia

Salary Comparison Between Skopje and Macedonia monthly
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We compared salaries in Skopje and Macedonia and we found that Skopje salaries are 16% more than those of Macedonia.

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CityAverage Salary
Skopje123,000 MKD
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