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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) to 21,300 BGN (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 Bulgaria

Median and salary distribution monthly Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Bulgaria range between 650 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 21,300 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,860 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,860 BGN while the other half are earning more than 4,860 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 2,480 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 2,480 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 13,300 BGN while 25% are earning more than 13,300 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 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 Bulgaria

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Bulgaria
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 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
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 approximatly 28 BGN 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
Burgas5,020 BGN
Plovdiv5,420 BGN
Rousse4,920 BGN
Sofia5,610 BGN
Stara Zagora4,720 BGN
Varna5,220 BGN
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