A person working in Turkey typically earns around 19,700 TRY per month. Salaries range from 2,670 TRY (lowest average) to 87,400 TRY (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 Turkey range from 2,670 TRY per month (minimum salary) to 87,400 TRY per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 19,700 TRY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 19,700 TRY while the other half are earning more than 19,700 TRY. 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 10,100 TRY while 75% of them are earning more than 10,100 TRY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 53,600 TRY while 25% are earning more than 53,600 TRY.
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 Turkey costs anywhere from 98,700 Turkish Lira(s) to 296,000 Turkish Lira(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 Turkey earn 8% more than their female counterparts.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Turkey earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+2%|
|Average Salary 2019||+1%|
Salaries in Turkey are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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||13,400 TRY|
|Accounting Manager||25,500 TRY|
|Chartered Accountant||16,500 TRY|
|Corporate Treasurer||33,600 TRY|
|Financial Analyst||21,200 TRY|
|Financial Manager||39,900 TRY|
|Internal Auditor||20,200 TRY|
Administration / Reception / Secretarial
|Administrative Assistant||10,700 TRY|
|Office Manager||13,700 TRY|
Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
|Art Director||20,100 TRY|
|Creative Director||19,800 TRY|
|Graphic Designer||13,500 TRY|
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
|Aerospace Engineer||20,700 TRY|
|Air Traffic Controller||19,700 TRY|
|Flight Attendant||17,700 TRY|
|CAD Drafter||15,600 TRY|
|Service Advisor||15,500 TRY|
|Bank Branch Manager||28,600 TRY|
|Business Analyst||23,800 TRY|
|Business Development Manager||29,400 TRY|
|Project Manager||23,500 TRY|
Care Giving and Child Care
|Nursery Teacher||14,800 TRY|
Construction / Building / Installation
|Civil Engineer||17,200 TRY|
|Construction Project Manager||23,900 TRY|
|Health and Safety Officer||12,600 TRY|
Customer Service and Call Center
|Call Center Representative||13,800 TRY|
|Customer Service Manager||26,000 TRY|
|Customer Service Representative||14,200 TRY|
|Civil Engineer||18,500 TRY|
|Electrical Engineer||19,300 TRY|
|Mechanical Engineer||20,400 TRY|
Executive and Management
|Chief Executive Officer||46,800 TRY|
|Chief Financial Officer||42,300 TRY|
|General Manager||34,700 TRY|
|Project Manager||22,400 TRY|
Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
|Executive Chef||17,200 TRY|
|Hotel Manager||28,200 TRY|
|Travel Agent||16,000 TRY|
|Waiter / Waitress||12,100 TRY|
Health and Medical
|Laboratory Technician||15,700 TRY|
|Human Resources Manager||28,100 TRY|
|Human Resources Officer||16,300 TRY|
|Computer Technician||14,900 TRY|
|Database Administrator||20,200 TRY|
|Developer / Programmer||17,400 TRY|
|Information Technology Manager||27,800 TRY|
|Network Engineer||18,000 TRY|
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
|Police Officer||16,300 TRY|
|Legal Assistant||14,900 TRY|
Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
|Biomedical Engineer||16,500 TRY|
Sales Retail and Wholesale
|Sales Manager||31,400 TRY|
|Sales Representative||13,300 TRY|
Teaching / Education
|Elementary School Teacher||13,800 TRY|
|Secondary School Teacher||15,500 TRY|
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.