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Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does a person working in Portugal make?

Average Monthly Salary
4,860 EUR
( 58,300 EUR yearly)


A person working in Portugal typically earns around 4,860 EUR per month. Salaries range from 660 EUR (lowest) to 21,500 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Portugal

Median and salary distribution monthly Portugal

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Portugal range between 660 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 21,500 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,760 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,760 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,760 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 2,440 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,440 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 12,600 EUR while 25% are earning more than 12,600 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 Portugal

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Portugal
Average Salary 2016
4,310 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
4,470 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
4,560 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
4,680 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% 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
Accountant3,160 EUR
Accounting Assistant2,960 EUR
Accounting Manager6,270 EUR
Bookkeeper2,410 EUR
Chartered Accountant4,130 EUR
Corporate Treasurer8,130 EUR
Financial Analyst4,900 EUR
Financial Manager9,030 EUR
Internal Auditor4,950 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,480 EUR
Office Manager3,120 EUR
Receptionist2,560 EUR
Secretary2,430 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director4,360 EUR
Creative Director4,610 EUR
Graphic Designer3,360 EUR
Photographer3,130 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,270 EUR
Air Traffic Controller4,780 EUR
Flight Attendant4,030 EUR
Pilot5,380 EUR

Architect4,260 EUR
CAD Drafter3,540 EUR

Mechanic2,490 EUR
Service Advisor3,540 EUR

Bank Branch Manager6,960 EUR
Teller3,070 EUR

Teacher3,390 EUR
Translator4,130 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,790 EUR
Business Development Manager6,830 EUR
Project Manager5,600 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny2,830 EUR
Nursery Teacher3,320 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,230 EUR
Construction Project Manager5,680 EUR
Health and Safety Officer3,000 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,330 EUR
Customer Service Manager6,150 EUR
Customer Service Representative3,200 EUR

Civil Engineer4,170 EUR
Electrical Engineer4,620 EUR
Engineer4,050 EUR
Mechanical Engineer4,430 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer10,700 EUR
Chief Financial Officer9,570 EUR
General Manager8,200 EUR
Project Manager5,110 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef3,830 EUR
Executive Chef3,910 EUR
Hotel Manager7,020 EUR
Receptionist3,220 EUR
Travel Agent3,920 EUR
Waiter / Waitress2,820 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist11,400 EUR
Dietitian10,300 EUR
Laboratory Technician3,410 EUR
Nurse3,530 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager6,570 EUR
Human Resources Officer3,870 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,470 EUR
Database Administrator4,660 EUR
Developer / Programmer4,050 EUR
Information Technology Manager6,990 EUR
Network Engineer3,940 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer3,840 EUR

Attorney6,790 EUR
Legal Assistant3,280 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist4,440 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer4,040 EUR
Pharmacist5,420 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,510 EUR
Sales Manager7,480 EUR
Sales Representative3,030 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,330 EUR
Secondary School Teacher3,910 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Portugal

28 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 28 EUR. This means that the average person in Portugal earns approximatly 28 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
Funchal4,160 EUR
Lisbon4,990 EUR
Porto4,580 EUR
2203 - 418

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