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Fuel Cell Engineer Average Salary in Bulgaria 2023

How much money does a Fuel Cell Engineer make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
3,120 BGN
( 37,400 BGN yearly)


A person working as a Fuel Cell Engineer in Bulgaria typically earns around 3,120 BGN per month. Salaries range from 1,530 BGN (lowest) to 4,870 BGN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Fuel Cell Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Fuel Cell Engineer Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Fuel Cell Engineer salaries in Bulgaria range from 1,530 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 4,870 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,180 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,180 BGN while the other half are earning more than 3,180 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 Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,120 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 2,120 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Fuel Cell Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,110 BGN while 25% are earning more than 4,110 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

Fuel Cell Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Fuel Cell Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Fuel Cell Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,810 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,330 BGN per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,220 BGN per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Fuel Cell Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,980 BGN per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,270 BGN per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,550 BGN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Fuel Cell Engineer average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
1,810 BGN
2 - 5 Years+29%
2,330 BGN
5 - 10 Years+38%
3,220 BGN
10 - 15 Years+24%
3,980 BGN
15 - 20 Years+7%
4,270 BGN
20+ Years+7%
4,550 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Fuel Cell Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Fuel Cell Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Fuel Cell Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Fuel Cell Engineer is 2,260 BGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,630 BGN per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Fuel Cell Engineer average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Bachelor's Degree
2,260 BGN
Master's Degree+60%
3,630 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 16,500 Bulgarian Lev(s) to 49,500 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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Fuel Cell Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Bulgaria Fuel Cell Engineer
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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 Fuel Cell Engineer employees in Bulgaria earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,200 BGN
3,010 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Fuel Cell Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

How much are annual salary increments in Bulgaria for Fuel Cell Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Fuel Cell Engineer

Fuel Cell Engineer(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees 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.

Bulgaria / All Professions

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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bulgaria for the year 2022. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Fuel Cell Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Fuel Cell Engineer
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A Fuel Cell Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

47% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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.

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.

Fuel Cell Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

18 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 18 BGN. This means that the average Fuel Cell Engineer in Bulgaria earns approximately 18 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.

Fuel Cell Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Fuel Cell Engineer and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Bulgaria
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The average salary for Fuel Cell Engineer is 5% more than that of Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining. Also, Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

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Associate Analyst3,380 BGN+8%
Associate Landman1,420 BGN-54%
Auxiliary Equipment Operator1,260 BGN-60%
Biomass Plant Technician1,510 BGN-52%
Biomass Power Plant Manager4,460 BGN+43%
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Chief Contract Compliance Engineer3,190 BGN+2%
Completions Engineer2,960 BGN-5%
Cost Controller2,140 BGN-31%
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Dispatcher1,350 BGN-57%
Distribution Manager4,280 BGN+37%
Dragline Operator1,490 BGN-52%
Driller Offsider1,090 BGN-65%
Dump Truck Driver1,170 BGN-63%
Electric and Gas Operations Manager6,970 BGN+120%
Energy Advisor4,810 BGN+54%
Energy Analyst4,250 BGN+36%
Energy Auditor3,870 BGN+24%
Energy Dispatch Director5,420 BGN+74%
Energy Technical Assistant1,840 BGN-41%
Energy Technical Manager3,880 BGN+24%
Energy Technical Trainer2,640 BGN-15%
Exploration Manager5,140 BGN+65%
Field Safety Auditor3,570 BGN+14%
Fluids Engineer2,980 BGN-4%
Fuel Cell Engineer3,120 BGN=
Fuel Cell Technician1,540 BGN-51%
Fuels Handler1,420 BGN-54%
Gas Compressor Operator1,340 BGN-57%
Gas Distribution Plant Operator2,560 BGN-18%
Gas Supply Manager4,780 BGN+53%
Geologist5,280 BGN+69%
Geophysicist5,870 BGN+88%
Geothermal Production Manager5,360 BGN+72%
Geothermal Technician2,050 BGN-34%
HSE Engineer2,940 BGN-6%
HSE Officer1,850 BGN-41%
HSEQ Administrator2,270 BGN-27%
Inspector2,880 BGN-8%
Instructor2,620 BGN-16%
Instrument Designer2,420 BGN-22%
Lead Technical Field Advisor4,180 BGN+34%
Logistics and Tool Coordinator2,580 BGN-17%
Maintenance Engineer3,130 BGN+0%
Maintenance Superintendent2,660 BGN-15%
Material Controller2,100 BGN-33%
Mine Engineer2,940 BGN-6%
Mine Surveyor3,290 BGN+5%
Mining Project Administrator2,830 BGN-9%
Mining Project Assistant2,250 BGN-28%
Mining Project Controls Consultant3,340 BGN+7%
Mining Project Coordinator2,640 BGN-15%
Mining Project Engineer2,990 BGN-4%
Mining Project Manager3,960 BGN+27%
Mining Site Manager4,200 BGN+35%
Mining Team Leader3,260 BGN+4%
NDT Technician1,900 BGN-39%
Oil Service Unit Operator1,600 BGN-49%
Oil Trader4,090 BGN+31%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas3,090 BGN
Plovdiv3,550 BGN
Rousse3,240 BGN
Sofia3,430 BGN
Stara Zagora3,020 BGN
Varna3,320 BGN

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 Bulgaria earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,130 BGN
Public Sector+9%
3,420 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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