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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 average) to 50,100 BRL (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 Brazil

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Brazil range from 1,530 BRL per month (minimum salary) to 50,100 BRL per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,900 BRL per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 10,900 BRL while the other half are earning more than 10,900 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 5,580 BRL while 75% of them are earning more than 5,580 BRL. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 29,300 BRL while 25% are earning more than 29,300 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 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Brazil costs anywhere from 56,600 Brazilian Real(s) to 170,000 Brazilian Real(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

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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 Brazil earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

10,800 BRL
12,200 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Brazil

How much are annual salary increments in Brazil? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Brazil are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Brazil
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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 Brazil is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Brazil for the year 2019. 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 Brazil

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Brazil
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49% of surveyed staff in Brazil reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Brazil
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Brazil earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
11,000 BRL
Public Sector+6%
11,700 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Brazil

How are Brazil salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Brazil
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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 2019 are 3% 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.

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 approximately 65 BRL 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.

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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