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Average Salary in Krakow 2023

How much money does a person working in Krakow make?

Average Monthly Salary
8,290 PLN
( 99,500 PLN yearly)


A person working in Krakow typically earns around 8,290 PLN per month. Salaries range from 2,100 PLN (lowest average) to 37,000 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 Krakow

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Krakow range from 2,100 PLN per month (minimum salary) to 37,000 PLN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,950 PLN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,950 PLN while the other half are earning more than 8,950 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 4,970 PLN while 75% of them are earning more than 4,970 PLN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 24,800 PLN while 25% are earning more than 24,800 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?

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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.

7,760 PLN
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?


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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Poland for the year 2022. 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%
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
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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant5,170 PLN
Accounting Assistant4,030 PLN
Accounting Manager12,300 PLN
Bookkeeper3,700 PLN
Chartered Accountant7,080 PLN
Corporate Treasurer10,500 PLN
Financial Analyst10,200 PLN
Financial Manager16,100 PLN
Internal Auditor7,550 PLN

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant4,220 PLN
Office Manager6,810 PLN
Receptionist2,950 PLN
Secretary3,500 PLN

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director7,500 PLN
Creative Director7,400 PLN
Graphic Designer5,150 PLN
Photographer4,520 PLN

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer10,300 PLN
Air Traffic Controller8,800 PLN
Flight Attendant5,410 PLN
Pilot13,400 PLN

Architect9,210 PLN
CAD Drafter3,880 PLN

Mechanic3,040 PLN
Service Advisor5,570 PLN

Bank Branch Manager13,500 PLN
Teller2,940 PLN

Teacher6,010 PLN
Translator7,080 PLN

Business Planning
Business Analyst9,650 PLN
Business Development Manager11,800 PLN
Project Manager8,810 PLN

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,130 PLN
Nursery Teacher3,080 PLN

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer7,450 PLN
Construction Project Manager12,600 PLN
Health and Safety Officer3,430 PLN

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,020 PLN
Customer Service Manager10,700 PLN
Customer Service Representative2,960 PLN

Electrical Engineer7,900 PLN
Engineer7,560 PLN
Mechanical Engineer7,400 PLN

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer18,200 PLN
Chief Financial Officer16,900 PLN
General Manager13,800 PLN

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef4,740 PLN
Executive Chef5,460 PLN
Hotel Manager14,700 PLN
Travel Agent5,030 PLN
Waiter / Waitress2,510 PLN

Health and Medical
Dentist18,700 PLN
Dietitian15,500 PLN
Laboratory Technician5,870 PLN
Nurse6,240 PLN

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager12,300 PLN
Human Resources Officer4,900 PLN

Information Technology
Computer Technician5,700 PLN
Database Administrator7,930 PLN
Developer / Programmer7,530 PLN
Information Technology Manager13,400 PLN
Network Engineer6,500 PLN

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,910 PLN

Attorney15,700 PLN
Legal Assistant4,210 PLN

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist8,400 PLN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer6,580 PLN
Pharmacist9,640 PLN

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,980 PLN
Sales Manager13,600 PLN
Sales Representative5,100 PLN

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher5,530 PLN
Secondary School Teacher6,150 PLN

Average Hourly Wage in Krakow

48 PLN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Krakow is 48 PLN. This means that the average person in Krakow earns approximately 48 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.

Krakow VS Poland

Salary Comparison Between Krakow and Poland monthly
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We compared salaries in Krakow and Poland and we found that Krakow salaries are 10% more than those of Poland.

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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