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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Accounting Assistant||11,000 PLN|
|Accounting Manager||23,300 PLN|
|Chartered Accountant||15,000 PLN|
|Corporate Treasurer||29,300 PLN|
|Financial Analyst||18,000 PLN|
|Financial Manager||33,300 PLN|
|Internal Auditor||18,100 PLN|
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
|Administrative Assistant||9,090 PLN|
|Office Manager||12,500 PLN|
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
|Art Director||17,200 PLN|
|Creative Director||18,000 PLN|
|Graphic Designer||11,800 PLN|
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
|Aerospace Engineer||18,400 PLN|
|Air Traffic Controller||18,400 PLN|
|Flight Attendant||15,300 PLN|
|CAD Drafter||13,300 PLN|
|Service Advisor||13,000 PLN|
|Bank Branch Manager||25,900 PLN|
|Business Analyst||20,900 PLN|
|Business Development Manager||26,700 PLN|
|Project Manager||20,400 PLN|
Care Giving and Child Care
|Nursery Teacher||12,900 PLN|
Construction / Building / Installation
|Civil Engineer||16,200 PLN|
|Construction Project Manager||21,300 PLN|
|Health and Safety Officer||10,700 PLN|
Customer Service and Call Center
|Call Center Representative||12,200 PLN|
|Customer Service Manager||22,400 PLN|
|Customer Service Representative||11,600 PLN|
|Electrical Engineer||16,200 PLN|
|Mechanical Engineer||16,900 PLN|
Executive and Management
|Chief Executive Officer||39,300 PLN|
|Chief Financial Officer||37,100 PLN|
|General Manager||29,800 PLN|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
|Executive Chef||14,700 PLN|
|Hotel Manager||25,900 PLN|
|Travel Agent||14,300 PLN|
|Waiter / Waitress||10,300 PLN|
Health and Medical
|Laboratory Technician||13,000 PLN|
|Human Resources Manager||23,200 PLN|
|Human Resources Officer||13,600 PLN|
|Computer Technician||13,600 PLN|
|Database Administrator||17,100 PLN|
|Developer / Programmer||15,300 PLN|
|Information Technology Manager||24,500 PLN|
|Network Engineer||14,700 PLN|
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
|Police Officer||14,200 PLN|
|Legal Assistant||12,000 PLN|
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
|Biomedical Engineer||15,300 PLN|
Sales Retail and Wholesale
|Sales Manager||25,800 PLN|
|Sales Representative||11,500 PLN|
Teaching / Education
|Elementary School Teacher||12,200 PLN|
|Secondary School Teacher||13,900 PLN|
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.