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Accounting and Finance Average Salaries in Portugal 2021

How much money does a person working in Accounting and Finance make in Portugal?

Average Monthly Salary
2,830 EUR
( 34,000 EUR yearly)


A person working in Accounting and Finance in Portugal typically earns around 2,830 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,150 EUR (lowest average) to 5,690 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Examiner1,430 EUR
Account Executive2,420 EUR
Accountant1,840 EUR
Accounting Assistant1,410 EUR
Accounting Associate1,320 EUR
Accounting Clerk1,140 EUR
Accounting Coordinator1,710 EUR
Accounting Manager4,100 EUR
Accounting Supervisor2,660 EUR
Accounting Technician1,260 EUR
Accounts Executive2,510 EUR
Accounts Payable and Receivable Specialist1,980 EUR
Accounts Payable Clerk1,400 EUR
Accounts Payable Manager3,620 EUR
Accounts Receivable Clerk1,460 EUR
Accounts Receivable Manager3,730 EUR
Assistant Accounting Manager3,370 EUR
Assistant Auditor1,960 EUR
Audit Supervisor3,410 EUR
Auditing Clerk1,470 EUR
Auditing Manager3,870 EUR
Billing Coordinator1,670 EUR
Billing Specialist1,980 EUR
Billing Supervisor2,900 EUR
Bookkeeper1,220 EUR
Bookkeeping Specialist1,720 EUR
Budget Analyst3,100 EUR
Budget Manager4,000 EUR
Business Support Analyst2,210 EUR
Capital Markets Associate2,950 EUR
Cash Flow Analyst2,850 EUR
Cash Management Officer2,060 EUR
Cashbook Clerk1,300 EUR
Chartered Accountant2,460 EUR
Collections Clerk1,110 EUR
Collections Specialist1,910 EUR
Corporate Treasurer3,590 EUR
Cost Accountant1,920 EUR
Cost Accounting Manager3,630 EUR
Cost Analyst3,130 EUR
Credit and Collection Manager3,870 EUR
Credit and Collection Staff1,510 EUR
Credit and Loans Officer1,380 EUR
Credit Controller2,630 EUR
Debt Adviser3,100 EUR
Debt Collector1,470 EUR
Debtors Clerk1,320 EUR
Deputy CFO5,050 EUR
Derivative Trader3,310 EUR
Escrow Assistant1,620 EUR
External Auditor2,530 EUR
Finance Associate1,590 EUR
Finance Executive3,840 EUR
Finance Licensing Clerk1,300 EUR
Finance Licensing Manager3,720 EUR
Finance Licensing Specialist2,050 EUR
Finance Officer1,860 EUR
Finance President5,290 EUR
Finance Relationship Manager4,550 EUR
Finance Release Analyst2,120 EUR
Finance Team Leader 4,280 EUR
Financial Actuary2,840 EUR
Financial Administrator3,130 EUR
Financial Analyst3,440 EUR
Financial Applications Specialist2,400 EUR
Financial Assistant1,500 EUR
Financial Associate1,560 EUR
Financial Claims Analyst2,540 EUR
Financial Claims Manager3,270 EUR
Financial Commercial Analyst2,730 EUR
Financial Compliance Analyst3,010 EUR
Financial Consultant2,590 EUR
Financial Controller2,890 EUR
Financial Coordinator1,770 EUR
Financial Customer Service Manager3,320 EUR
Financial Dealer and Broker2,120 EUR
Financial Encoder1,670 EUR
Financial Manager5,020 EUR
Financial Manager5,110 EUR
Financial Operations Manager4,710 EUR
Financial Policy Analyst2,850 EUR
Financial Project Manager3,760 EUR
Financial Quantitative Analyst3,250 EUR
Financial Reporting Consultant2,780 EUR
Financial Reporting Manager3,510 EUR
Financial Services Sales Agent1,980 EUR
Fixed Assets Administrator1,920 EUR
Forensic Accountant2,300 EUR
Fraud Detection Supervisor2,410 EUR
Fraud Prevention Manager3,890 EUR
Fund Accountant1,780 EUR
Grants Coordinator1,360 EUR
Internal Auditor2,610 EUR
Internal Control Adviser3,080 EUR
Internal Control Officer1,660 EUR
Inventory Accountant2,020 EUR
Investment Analyst3,850 EUR
Investment Fund Manager4,030 EUR
Investment Underwriter1,650 EUR
Investor2,380 EUR
Investor Relations Manager3,610 EUR
KYC Team Leader3,550 EUR
Management Economist4,180 EUR
Paymaster1,520 EUR
Payroll Clerk1,560 EUR
Payroll Manager3,540 EUR
Pensions Administrator1,900 EUR
Pricing Analyst3,210 EUR
Private Equity Analyst3,450 EUR
Proposal Development Coordinator1,600 EUR
Receivables Accountant1,670 EUR
Regulatory Accountant2,080 EUR
Retirement Plan Analyst3,120 EUR
Revenue Management Specialist3,160 EUR
Revenue Recognition Analyst3,450 EUR
Risk Management Director4,510 EUR
Risk Management Supervisor3,620 EUR
Tax Accountant1,790 EUR
Tax Advisor2,950 EUR
Tax Associate1,570 EUR
Tax Manager4,020 EUR
Teller1,110 EUR
Treasury Accountant1,970 EUR
Treasury Analyst3,180 EUR
Underwriter1,280 EUR
Underwriting Assistant1,290 EUR
Vice President of Finance5,370 EUR

Accounting and Finance Jobs Salary Distribution in Portugal

Median and salary distribution monthly Portugal Accounting and Finance
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Accounting and Finance salaries in Portugal range from 1,150 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 5,690 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,720 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Accounting and Finance are earning less than 2,720 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,720 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 people working in Accounting and Finance are earning less than 1,740 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,740 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Accounting and Finance are earning less than 4,040 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,040 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 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?

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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 Portugal costs anywhere from 13,800 Euro(s) to 41,300 Euro(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.

Accounting and Finance Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Accounting and Finance
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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 Portugal who work in Accounting and Finance earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,910 EUR
2,770 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Accounting and Finance Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Accounting and Finance professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance professionals in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 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.

Portugal / All Professions

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 Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal for the year 2020. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Accounting and Finance Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Accounting and Finance
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Accounting and Finance is considered to be a high bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

24% of surveyed staff in Accounting and Finance reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 76% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 6% to 8% 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.

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.

Accounting and Finance Hourly Average Wage in Portugal

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 16 EUR. This means that the average person in Portugal earns approximately 16 EUR 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.

Accounting and Finance VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Accounting and Finance and Accounting and Finance monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Accounting and Finance is 3% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal2,430 EUR
Lisbon2,910 EUR
Porto2,680 EUR

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 Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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