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Average Salary in Bulgaria 2018

How much money does a person working in Bulgaria make?

2,331 BGN per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,331 BGN per month.
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 | All Jobs

25% of people earn
1,200 BGN
or less
50% of people earn
2,000 BGN
or less
75% of people earn
3,000 BGN
or less
Minimum
350 BGN
Median
2,000 BGN
Maximum
11,500 BGN

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Bulgaria range between 350 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 11,500 BGN per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 2,000 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 2,000 BGN while the other half are earning more than 2,000 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.

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 1,200 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,200 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,000 BGN while 25% are earning more than 3,000 BGN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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

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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.

2015201620172018
Average Salary 2015    =  
2,184 BGN
Average Salary 2016    +2%  
2,219 BGN
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
2,281 BGN
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
2,331 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Bulgaria are on the rise in the year 2018 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2018 are 2% higher than those of 2017. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2019 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.


Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria | All Jobs

12 BGN per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria | All Jobs is 12 BGN. This means that the average person in Bulgaria earns approximatly 12 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
Burgas1,317 BGN
Plovdiv1,283 BGN
Rousse975 BGN
Sofia2,499 BGN
Stara Zagora1,700 BGN
Varna1,250 BGN
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