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Average Salary in Brazil 2020

How much money does a person working in Brazil make?

Average Monthly Salary
11,300 BRL
( 136,000 BRL yearly)


A person working in Brazil typically earns around 11,300 BRL per month. Salaries range from 1,530 BRL (lowest) to 50,100 BRL (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 Brazil

Median and salary distribution monthly Brazil

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Brazil range between 1,530 BRL per month (minimum salary) to 50,100 BRL per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 11,100 BRL per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 11,100 BRL while the other half are earning more than 11,100 BRL. 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 5,680 BRL while 75% of them are earning more than 5,680 BRL. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 29,400 BRL while 25% are earning more than 29,400 BRL.

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 Brazil

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Brazil
Average Salary 2016
10,100 BRL
Average Salary 2017+4%
10,400 BRL
Average Salary 2018+2%
10,600 BRL
Average Salary 2019+3%
10,900 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Brazil 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
Accountant7,600 BRL
Accounting Assistant7,540 BRL
Accounting Manager14,600 BRL
Bookkeeper5,910 BRL
Chartered Accountant9,510 BRL
Corporate Treasurer20,300 BRL
Financial Analyst12,300 BRL
Financial Manager21,800 BRL
Internal Auditor12,000 BRL

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant6,210 BRL
Office Manager8,050 BRL
Receptionist6,380 BRL
Secretary5,800 BRL

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director11,200 BRL
Creative Director11,700 BRL
Graphic Designer7,580 BRL
Photographer7,900 BRL

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer12,500 BRL
Air Traffic Controller12,000 BRL
Flight Attendant9,810 BRL
Pilot12,800 BRL

Architect10,500 BRL
CAD Drafter8,100 BRL

Mechanic6,090 BRL
Service Advisor8,770 BRL

Bank Branch Manager15,800 BRL
Teller7,900 BRL

Teacher9,020 BRL
Translator9,510 BRL

Business Planning
Business Analyst13,200 BRL
Business Development Manager17,400 BRL
Project Manager12,800 BRL

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny6,890 BRL
Nursery Teacher8,180 BRL

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer9,820 BRL
Construction Project Manager13,600 BRL
Health and Safety Officer6,890 BRL

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative7,890 BRL
Customer Service Manager14,600 BRL
Customer Service Representative8,040 BRL

Civil Engineer10,500 BRL
Electrical Engineer11,300 BRL
Engineer10,000 BRL
Mechanical Engineer11,400 BRL

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer26,100 BRL
Chief Financial Officer24,200 BRL
General Manager19,500 BRL
Project Manager13,200 BRL

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef8,780 BRL
Executive Chef10,000 BRL
Hotel Manager16,800 BRL
Receptionist8,570 BRL
Travel Agent9,520 BRL
Waiter / Waitress6,550 BRL

Health and Medical
Dentist26,200 BRL
Dietitian25,300 BRL
Laboratory Technician8,780 BRL
Nurse8,950 BRL

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager15,300 BRL
Human Resources Officer9,240 BRL

Information Technology
Computer Technician8,840 BRL
Database Administrator11,700 BRL
Developer / Programmer10,300 BRL
Information Technology Manager16,200 BRL
Network Engineer9,810 BRL

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer8,680 BRL

Attorney17,000 BRL
Legal Assistant7,860 BRL

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist11,300 BRL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer9,760 BRL
Pharmacist13,300 BRL

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier6,520 BRL
Sales Manager17,200 BRL
Sales Representative7,390 BRL

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher7,890 BRL
Secondary School Teacher9,610 BRL

Average Hourly Wage in Brazil

65 BRL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Brazil is 65 BRL. This means that the average person in Brazil earns approximatly 65 BRL 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
Aracaju11,300 BRL
Belem12,300 BRL
Belo Horizonte12,600 BRL
Brasilia13,000 BRL
Campinas11,900 BRL
Cuiaba11,200 BRL
Curitiba12,500 BRL
Fortaleza12,800 BRL
Goiania12,200 BRL
Joao Pessoa11,400 BRL
Londrina11,100 BRL
Macapa11,000 BRL
Maceio11,700 BRL
Manaus12,600 BRL
Maringa10,600 BRL
Natal11,600 BRL
Petrolina and Juazeiro10,400 BRL
Porto Alegre11,900 BRL
Recife12,300 BRL
Rio de Janeiro13,100 BRL
Salvador12,900 BRL
Santos10,600 BRL
Sao Luis11,900 BRL
Sao Paulo13,200 BRL
Teresina11,500 BRL
Vale do Aco10,900 BRL
Vitoria10,400 BRL
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