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Average Salary in Brazil 2021

How much money does a person working in Brazil make?

Average Monthly Salary
8,560 BRL
( 103,000 BRL yearly)


A person working in Brazil typically earns around 8,560 BRL per month. Salaries range from 2,170 BRL (lowest average) to 38,200 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 2,170 BRL per month (minimum salary) to 38,200 BRL per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,220 BRL per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 8,220 BRL while the other half are earning more than 8,220 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 4,670 BRL while 75% of them are earning more than 4,670 BRL. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 22,300 BRL while 25% are earning more than 22,300 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?

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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 42,800 Brazilian Real(s) to 128,000 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 10% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

9,040 BRL
8,240 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.

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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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Brazil for the year 2020. 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant5,920 BRL
Accounting Assistant4,770 BRL
Accounting Manager12,700 BRL
Bookkeeper3,990 BRL
Chartered Accountant7,570 BRL
Corporate Treasurer11,900 BRL
Financial Analyst11,500 BRL
Financial Manager16,500 BRL
Internal Auditor8,440 BRL

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant4,730 BRL
Office Manager7,770 BRL
Receptionist4,240 BRL
Secretary3,710 BRL

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director8,670 BRL
Creative Director8,750 BRL
Graphic Designer5,300 BRL
Photographer4,950 BRL

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer11,200 BRL
Air Traffic Controller9,870 BRL
Flight Attendant5,980 BRL
Pilot14,200 BRL

Architect10,700 BRL
CAD Drafter4,200 BRL

Mechanic3,320 BRL
Service Advisor5,860 BRL

Bank Branch Manager15,000 BRL
Teller3,350 BRL

Teacher6,870 BRL
Translator7,570 BRL

Business Planning
Business Analyst10,600 BRL
Business Development Manager13,900 BRL
Project Manager10,500 BRL

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,460 BRL
Nursery Teacher3,280 BRL

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer7,740 BRL
Construction Project Manager14,600 BRL
Health and Safety Officer3,710 BRL

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,280 BRL
Customer Service Manager11,500 BRL
Customer Service Representative3,280 BRL

Civil Engineer8,170 BRL
Electrical Engineer8,620 BRL
Engineer7,960 BRL
Mechanical Engineer8,440 BRL

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer19,900 BRL
Chief Financial Officer18,500 BRL
General Manager14,900 BRL
Project Manager10,000 BRL

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef5,130 BRL
Executive Chef6,300 BRL
Hotel Manager15,600 BRL
Receptionist3,380 BRL
Travel Agent5,620 BRL
Waiter / Waitress2,620 BRL

Health and Medical
Dentist20,000 BRL
Dietitian16,700 BRL
Laboratory Technician6,700 BRL
Nurse6,760 BRL

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager12,700 BRL
Human Resources Officer5,200 BRL

Information Technology
Computer Technician6,740 BRL
Database Administrator8,900 BRL
Developer / Programmer8,790 BRL
Information Technology Manager14,200 BRL
Network Engineer7,480 BRL

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer5,040 BRL

Attorney17,600 BRL
Legal Assistant4,410 BRL

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist9,950 BRL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer7,440 BRL
Pharmacist11,500 BRL

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier3,320 BRL
Sales Manager14,500 BRL
Sales Representative5,630 BRL

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher6,020 BRL
Secondary School Teacher7,320 BRL

Average Hourly Wage in Brazil

49 BRL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Brazil is 49 BRL. This means that the average person in Brazil earns approximately 49 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
Aracaju8,570 BRL
Belem9,270 BRL
Belo Horizonte9,550 BRL
Brasilia9,860 BRL
Campinas8,990 BRL
Cuiaba8,460 BRL
Curitiba9,430 BRL
Fortaleza9,680 BRL
Goiania9,190 BRL
Joao Pessoa8,630 BRL
Londrina8,390 BRL
Macapa8,330 BRL
Maceio8,880 BRL
Manaus9,550 BRL
Maringa8,040 BRL
Natal8,780 BRL
Petrolina and Juazeiro7,840 BRL
Porto Alegre9,030 BRL
Recife9,310 BRL
Rio de Janeiro9,890 BRL
Salvador9,740 BRL
Santos8,050 BRL
Sao Luis8,960 BRL
Sao Paulo9,970 BRL
Teresina8,710 BRL
Vale do Aco8,230 BRL
Vitoria7,870 BRL

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 Brazil earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,330 BRL
Public Sector+6%
8,850 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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