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Average Salary in Poland 2020

How much money does a person working in Poland make?


Average Monthly Salary
7,560 PLN
( 90,800 PLN yearly)

LOW
1,910
PLN
AVERAGE
7,560
PLN
HIGH
33,800
PLN

A person working in Poland typically earns around 7,560 PLN per month. Salaries range from 1,910 PLN (lowest average) to 33,800 PLN (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 Poland

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Poland range from 1,910 PLN per month (minimum salary) to 33,800 PLN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,110 PLN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 7,110 PLN while the other half are earning more than 7,110 PLN. 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 4,060 PLN while 75% of them are earning more than 4,060 PLN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 19,200 PLN while 25% are earning more than 19,200 PLN.


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 Poland costs anywhere from 37,800 Zloty(s) to 113,000 Zloty(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Poland
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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 Poland earn 6% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
7,760 PLN
Female-6%
7,320 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Poland

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

Poland

Employees in Poland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 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 Poland is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Poland 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%
Mid-Career
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 Poland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Poland
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51% of surveyed staff in Poland reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
49%
No Bonus
51%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant5,080 PLN
Accounting Assistant3,870 PLN
Accounting Manager11,300 PLN
Bookkeeper3,290 PLN
Chartered Accountant6,610 PLN
Corporate Treasurer9,570 PLN
Financial Analyst9,340 PLN
Financial Manager14,000 PLN
Internal Auditor7,050 PLN

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant3,850 PLN
Office Manager6,690 PLN
Receptionist2,690 PLN
Secretary3,430 PLN

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director7,380 PLN
Creative Director7,460 PLN
Graphic Designer4,580 PLN
Photographer4,220 PLN

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer9,130 PLN
Air Traffic Controller8,420 PLN
Flight Attendant5,190 PLN
Pilot12,500 PLN

Architecture
Architect9,050 PLN
CAD Drafter3,810 PLN

Automotive
Mechanic2,770 PLN
Service Advisor4,820 PLN

Banking
Bank Branch Manager13,600 PLN
Teller2,880 PLN

Bilingual
Teacher5,750 PLN
Translator6,610 PLN

Business Planning
Business Analyst9,250 PLN
Business Development Manager11,900 PLN
Project Manager8,650 PLN

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,080 PLN
Nursery Teacher2,880 PLN

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer6,960 PLN
Construction Project Manager12,700 PLN
Health and Safety Officer3,200 PLN

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,820 PLN
Customer Service Manager9,730 PLN
Customer Service Representative2,630 PLN

Engineering
Electrical Engineer6,840 PLN
Engineer6,900 PLN
Mechanical Engineer6,920 PLN

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer16,600 PLN
Chief Financial Officer15,800 PLN
General Manager12,600 PLN

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,660 PLN
Executive Chef5,100 PLN
Hotel Manager13,400 PLN
Travel Agent4,700 PLN
Waiter / Waitress2,290 PLN

Health and Medical
Dentist17,500 PLN
Dietitian13,800 PLN
Laboratory Technician5,490 PLN
Nurse5,690 PLN

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager10,700 PLN
Human Resources Officer4,250 PLN

Information Technology
Computer Technician5,740 PLN
Database Administrator7,230 PLN
Developer / Programmer7,210 PLN
Information Technology Manager11,900 PLN
Network Engineer6,230 PLN

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,580 PLN

Legal
Attorney14,300 PLN
Legal Assistant3,740 PLN

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist8,060 PLN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer6,460 PLN
Pharmacist9,710 PLN

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,710 PLN
Sales Manager12,000 PLN
Sales Representative4,890 PLN

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher5,170 PLN
Secondary School Teacher5,890 PLN

Average Hourly Wage in Poland


44 PLN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Poland is 44 PLN. This means that the average person in Poland earns approximately 44 PLN 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Gdansk6,890 PLN
Katowice6,280 PLN
Krakow8,290 PLN
Lublin6,490 PLN
Poznan7,090 PLN
Szczecin6,690 PLN
Warsaw8,510 PLN
Wroclaw8,060 PLN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Poland earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
7,250 PLN
Public Sector+7%
7,790 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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