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Average Salary in Poland 2020

How much money does a person working in Poland make?


Average Monthly Salary
18,000 PLN
( 216,000 PLN yearly)

LOW
2,440
PLN
AVERAGE
18,000
PLN
HIGH
79,800
PLN

A person working in Poland typically earns around 18,000 PLN per month. Salaries range from 2,440 PLN (lowest average) to 79,800 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 2,440 PLN per month (minimum salary) to 79,800 PLN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,900 PLN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 16,900 PLN while the other half are earning more than 16,900 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 8,720 PLN while 75% of them are earning more than 8,720 PLN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 45,500 PLN while 25% are earning more than 45,500 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 90,100 Zloty(s) to 270,000 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 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
17,300 PLN
Male+7%
18,600 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Poland
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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.

Private Sector
17,300 PLN
Public Sector+7%
18,600 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Poland

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Poland
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Average Salary 2016
16,300 PLN
Average Salary 2017+4%
16,900 PLN
Average Salary 2018+2%
17,200 PLN
Average Salary 2019+2%
17,500 PLN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Poland 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
Accountant11,700 PLN
Accounting Assistant11,000 PLN
Accounting Manager23,300 PLN
Bookkeeper8,770 PLN
Chartered Accountant15,000 PLN
Corporate Treasurer29,300 PLN
Financial Analyst18,000 PLN
Financial Manager33,300 PLN
Internal Auditor18,100 PLN

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant9,090 PLN
Office Manager12,500 PLN
Receptionist12,300 PLN
Secretary9,690 PLN

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director17,200 PLN
Creative Director18,000 PLN
Graphic Designer11,800 PLN
Photographer12,100 PLN

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer18,400 PLN
Air Traffic Controller18,400 PLN
Flight Attendant15,300 PLN
Pilot20,400 PLN

Architecture
Architect16,000 PLN
CAD Drafter13,300 PLN

Automotive
Mechanic9,160 PLN
Service Advisor13,000 PLN

Banking
Bank Branch Manager25,900 PLN
Teller12,300 PLN

Bilingual
Teacher13,600 PLN
Translator15,000 PLN

Business Planning
Business Analyst20,900 PLN
Business Development Manager26,700 PLN
Project Manager20,400 PLN

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny11,100 PLN
Nursery Teacher12,900 PLN

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer16,200 PLN
Construction Project Manager21,300 PLN
Health and Safety Officer10,700 PLN

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative12,200 PLN
Customer Service Manager22,400 PLN
Customer Service Representative11,600 PLN

Engineering
Electrical Engineer16,200 PLN
Engineer15,600 PLN
Mechanical Engineer16,900 PLN

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer39,300 PLN
Chief Financial Officer37,100 PLN
General Manager29,800 PLN

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef14,400 PLN
Executive Chef14,700 PLN
Hotel Manager25,900 PLN
Travel Agent14,300 PLN
Waiter / Waitress10,300 PLN

Health and Medical
Dentist41,200 PLN
Dietitian37,600 PLN
Laboratory Technician13,000 PLN
Nurse13,600 PLN

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager23,200 PLN
Human Resources Officer13,600 PLN

Information Technology
Computer Technician13,600 PLN
Database Administrator17,100 PLN
Developer / Programmer15,300 PLN
Information Technology Manager24,500 PLN
Network Engineer14,700 PLN

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer14,200 PLN

Legal
Attorney24,900 PLN
Legal Assistant12,000 PLN

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist16,500 PLN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer15,300 PLN
Pharmacist20,300 PLN

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier9,620 PLN
Sales Manager25,800 PLN
Sales Representative11,500 PLN

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher12,200 PLN
Secondary School Teacher13,900 PLN

Average Hourly Wage in Poland


100 PLN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Poland is 100 PLN. This means that the average person in Poland earns approximately 100 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
Gdansk16,400 PLN
Katowice15,000 PLN
Krakow19,800 PLN
Lublin15,500 PLN
Poznan16,900 PLN
Szczecin15,900 PLN
Warsaw20,300 PLN
Wroclaw19,200 PLN
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