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Average Salary in Bulgaria 2020

How much money does a person working in Bulgaria make?

Average Monthly Salary
4,810 BGN
( 57,700 BGN yearly)


A person working in Bulgaria typically earns around 4,810 BGN per month. Salaries range from 650 BGN (lowest average) to 21,300 BGN (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 Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Bulgaria range from 650 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 21,300 BGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,910 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,910 BGN while the other half are earning more than 4,910 BGN. 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 2,500 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 2,500 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 13,400 BGN while 25% are earning more than 13,400 BGN.

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 Bulgaria costs anywhere from 24,100 Bulgarian Lev(s) to 72,200 Bulgarian Lev(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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Bulgaria
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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 Bulgaria earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

4,600 BGN
4,960 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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


Employees in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 20 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 Bulgaria is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria
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49% of surveyed staff in Bulgaria 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 6% 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 Bulgaria
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Bulgaria earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
4,560 BGN
Public Sector+9%
4,980 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in Bulgaria

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Bulgaria
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Average Salary 2016
4,270 BGN
Average Salary 2017+4%
4,430 BGN
Average Salary 2018+3%
4,550 BGN
Average Salary 2019+2%
4,640 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Bulgaria are on the rise in the year 2020 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 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
Accountant3,200 BGN
Accounting Assistant3,180 BGN
Accounting Manager6,210 BGN
Bookkeeper2,640 BGN
Chartered Accountant4,330 BGN
Corporate Treasurer8,490 BGN
Financial Analyst4,890 BGN
Financial Manager9,450 BGN
Internal Auditor4,830 BGN

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,470 BGN
Office Manager3,340 BGN
Receptionist2,670 BGN
Secretary2,690 BGN

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director4,860 BGN
Creative Director4,710 BGN
Graphic Designer3,420 BGN
Photographer3,240 BGN

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,220 BGN
Air Traffic Controller5,020 BGN
Flight Attendant4,260 BGN
Pilot5,660 BGN

Architect4,280 BGN
CAD Drafter3,680 BGN

Mechanic2,650 BGN
Service Advisor3,840 BGN

Bank Branch Manager6,640 BGN
Teller3,280 BGN

Teacher3,700 BGN
Translator4,330 BGN

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,560 BGN
Business Development Manager6,980 BGN
Project Manager5,550 BGN

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,070 BGN
Nursery Teacher3,310 BGN

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,160 BGN
Construction Project Manager5,580 BGN
Health and Safety Officer2,980 BGN

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,460 BGN
Customer Service Manager6,590 BGN
Customer Service Representative3,290 BGN

Civil Engineer4,330 BGN
Electrical Engineer4,680 BGN
Engineer4,170 BGN
Mechanical Engineer4,500 BGN

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer11,300 BGN
Chief Financial Officer9,910 BGN
General Manager8,790 BGN
Project Manager5,460 BGN

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef3,990 BGN
Executive Chef4,150 BGN
Hotel Manager7,210 BGN
Receptionist3,350 BGN
Travel Agent3,830 BGN
Waiter / Waitress2,920 BGN

Health and Medical
Dentist11,900 BGN
Dietitian11,300 BGN
Laboratory Technician3,460 BGN
Nurse3,770 BGN

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager6,840 BGN
Human Resources Officer3,780 BGN

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,550 BGN
Database Administrator4,650 BGN
Developer / Programmer4,170 BGN
Information Technology Manager6,670 BGN
Network Engineer4,090 BGN

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer3,720 BGN

Attorney6,780 BGN
Legal Assistant3,470 BGN

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist4,770 BGN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer3,910 BGN
Pharmacist5,520 BGN

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,780 BGN
Sales Manager7,460 BGN
Sales Representative3,210 BGN

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,460 BGN
Secondary School Teacher3,790 BGN

Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

28 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 28 BGN. This means that the average person in Bulgaria earns approximately 28 BGN 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
Burgas5,020 BGN
Plovdiv5,420 BGN
Rousse4,920 BGN
Sofia5,610 BGN
Stara Zagora4,720 BGN
Varna5,220 BGN
2670 - 310

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