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Average Salary in Istanbul 2019

How much money does a person working in Istanbul make?

10,628 TRY per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Istanbul typically earns around 10,628 TRY per month.
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 Istanbul | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Istanbul

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Istanbul range between 1,439 TRY per month (minimum salary) to 47,061 TRY per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 10,840 TRY per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 10,840 TRY while the other half are earning more than 10,840 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 5,525 TRY while 75% of them are earning more than 5,525 TRY. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 30,109 TRY while 25% are earning more than 30,109 TRY.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 Istanbul

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Istanbul
Average Salary 2016    =  
9,698 TRY
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
10,057 TRY
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
10,369 TRY
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
10,628 TRY
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Istanbul are on the rise in the year 2019 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 continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant6,724 TRY
Administrative Assistant5,469 TRY
Architect9,002 TRY
Attorney14,975 TRY
Biomedical Engineer8,227 TRY
CAD Drafter7,745 TRY
Cashier5,564 TRY
Chartered Accountant9,099 TRY
Chef8,391 TRY
Chief Executive Officer22,711 TRY
Chief Financial Officer20,839 TRY
Civil Engineer9,212 TRY
Computer Technician7,850 TRY
Creative Director10,425 TRY
Dentist25,054 TRY
Developer / Programmer9,203 TRY
Electrical Engineer10,335 TRY
Elementary School Teacher7,280 TRY
Engineer9,230 TRY
Executive Chef8,734 TRY
Flight Attendant8,514 TRY
General Manager17,593 TRY
Graphic Designer7,182 TRY
Hotel Manager14,410 TRY
Human Resources Manager13,684 TRY
Internal Auditor10,148 TRY
Journalist9,545 TRY
Legal Assistant7,300 TRY
Mechanical Engineer9,456 TRY
Nurse8,331 TRY
Pharmacist11,036 TRY
Photographer6,820 TRY
Pilot11,903 TRY
Police Officer7,829 TRY
Project Manager11,481 TRY
Receptionist5,329 TRY
Sales Manager15,693 TRY
Sales Representative6,416 TRY
Secondary School Teacher8,383 TRY
Secretary5,659 TRY
Teacher7,403 TRY
Teller6,888 TRY
Travel Agent8,045 TRY
Waiter / Waitress5,837 TRY

Average Hourly Wage in Istanbul | All Jobs

61 TRY per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Istanbul | All Jobs is 61 TRY. This means that the average person in Istanbul earns approximatly 61 TRY 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.

Istanbul VS Turkey

Salary Comparison Between Istanbul and Turkey monthlyWe compared salaries in Istanbul and Turkey and we found that Istanbul salaries are 17% more than those of Turkey.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ankara9,864 TRY
Antalya8,852 TRY
Istanbul10,628 TRY
Izmir9,487 TRY
8326 - 256
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