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Elementary School Teacher Average Salary in Bulgaria 2020

How much money does an Elementary School Teacher make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
3,460 BGN
( 41,500 BGN yearly)


A person working as an Elementary School Teacher in Bulgaria typically earns around 3,460 BGN per month. Salaries range from 1,800 BGN (lowest) to 5,300 BGN (highest).

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

Elementary School Teacher Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Elementary School Teacher salaries in Bulgaria range from 1,800 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 5,300 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,320 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 3,320 BGN while the other half are earning more than 3,320 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 Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 2,310 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 2,310 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Elementary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 4,140 BGN while 25% are earning more than 4,140 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

Elementary School Teacher 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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Elementary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,050 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,740 BGN per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,570 BGN per month, 30% 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, Elementary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,320 BGN per month, 21% 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 4,720 BGN per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,970 BGN per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Elementary School Teacher average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
2,050 BGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,740 BGN
5 - 10 Years+30%
3,570 BGN
10 - 15 Years+21%
4,320 BGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,720 BGN
20+ Years+5%
4,970 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Elementary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Elementary School Teacher(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 Elementary School Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Elementary School Teacher is 2,880 BGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 4,000 BGN per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Elementary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Bachelor's Degree
2,880 BGN
Master's Degree+39%
4,000 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 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 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

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Elementary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Bulgaria Elementary School Teacher
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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 Elementary School Teacher employees in Bulgaria earn 8% more than their female counterparts.

3,350 BGN
3,610 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Elementary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

How much are annual salary increments in Bulgaria for Elementary School Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Elementary School Teacher

Elementary School Teacher(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 21 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

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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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Elementary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Elementary School Teacher
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An Elementary School Teacher is considered to be a low 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.

75% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Elementary School Teacher 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

Elementary School Teacher Salary Trend and Forecast in Bulgaria

How are Elementary School Teacher salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
3,070 BGN
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,190 BGN
Average Salary 2018+2%
3,250 BGN
Average Salary 2019+3%
3,340 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Elementary School Teacher 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 3% 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.

Elementary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

20 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 20 BGN. This means that the average Elementary School Teacher in Bulgaria earns approximately 20 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.

Elementary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Elementary School Teacher and Teaching / Education monthly Bulgaria
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The average salary for Elementary School Teacher is 31% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 4% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor4,880 BGN+41%
Academic Coach5,100 BGN+47%
Academic Manager5,750 BGN+66%
Academic Specialist4,490 BGN+30%
Academic Staff4,010 BGN+16%
Accompanist4,390 BGN+27%
Achievement Coach4,920 BGN+42%
Admissions Specialist4,470 BGN+29%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher3,780 BGN+9%
Anthropology Teacher4,180 BGN+21%
Arabic Language Teacher3,720 BGN+7%
Archeology Teacher3,950 BGN+14%
Architecture Teacher4,450 BGN+29%
Archivist3,310 BGN-4%
Art Teacher3,800 BGN+10%
Assistant School Principal5,160 BGN+49%
Assistant Teacher3,320 BGN-4%
Biochemistry Professor 5,880 BGN+70%
Biology Teacher4,170 BGN+20%
Bursary Scheme Manager4,770 BGN+38%
Business Teacher4,060 BGN+17%
Chemistry Teacher3,720 BGN+7%
Child Care Coordinator3,970 BGN+15%
Child Care Worker3,310 BGN-4%
Clinical School Psychologist5,780 BGN+67%
College Aide5,280 BGN+53%
College and Career Readiness Specialist5,230 BGN+51%
College President8,010 BGN+130%
Communications Teacher3,990 BGN+15%
Community Education Officer3,490 BGN+1%
Computer Science Teacher3,750 BGN+8%
Computer Teacher3,790 BGN+9%
Creative Writing Trainer4,740 BGN+37%
Credit Counselor4,760 BGN+37%
Cultural Studies Teacher4,030 BGN+16%
Curriculum Developer5,010 BGN+45%
Curriculum Specialist4,990 BGN+44%
Demonstrator3,770 BGN+9%
Deputy Controller of Examinations4,860 BGN+40%
Director of Learning Technology5,480 BGN+58%
Distance Learning Coordinator4,240 BGN+22%
Economics Lecturer7,080 BGN+100%
Education Administrator4,780 BGN+38%
Education Assistant Director4,990 BGN+44%
Education Assistant Principal4,270 BGN+23%
Education Assistant Professor5,550 BGN+60%
Education Consultant5,690 BGN+64%
Education Coordinator4,370 BGN+26%
Education Counselor4,480 BGN+29%
Education Director7,020 BGN+100%
Education Program Specialist5,200 BGN+50%
Education Researcher6,060 BGN+75%
Education Resource Specialist4,310 BGN+24%
Education Services Facilitator4,700 BGN+36%
Educational Psychologist6,560 BGN+89%
EFL Teacher4,180 BGN+21%
eLearning Trainer3,520 BGN+2%
Elementary School Teacher3,460 BGN-0%
Engineering Lecturer6,820 BGN+97%
Engineering Teacher5,520 BGN+59%
English Teacher3,700 BGN+7%
ESL Teacher4,140 BGN+20%
Faculty Assistant4,900 BGN+42%
Foreign Language Teacher3,660 BGN+6%
GED Teacher3,460 BGN-0%
Geography Teacher3,910 BGN+13%
Head of Mathematics Department5,380 BGN+55%
Head of School6,950 BGN+100%
High School Teacher4,510 BGN+30%
History Teacher4,020 BGN+16%
Infant Teacher2,970 BGN-14%
Instructional Assistant4,110 BGN+19%
Instructor4,730 BGN+37%
Kindergarten Teacher3,330 BGN-4%
Language Instructor For Expatriate3,360 BGN-3%
Law Teacher5,840 BGN+69%
Learning Designer5,030 BGN+45%
Lecturer5,700 BGN+65%
Librarian3,360 BGN-3%
Library Assistant2,830 BGN-18%
Library Director4,740 BGN+37%
Library Specialist3,330 BGN-4%
Life Sciences Teacher3,860 BGN+11%
Math Lecturer7,420 BGN+110%
Mathematics Teacher4,420 BGN+28%
Mentor4,380 BGN+27%
Middle School Teacher4,390 BGN+27%
Music Teacher3,730 BGN+8%
Nursery Manager6,160 BGN+78%
Nursery Worker2,390 BGN-31%
Paraprofessional5,590 BGN+61%
Physical Education Specialist4,340 BGN+25%
Physical Education Teacher3,760 BGN+9%
Physics Teacher 4,190 BGN+21%
Political Science Teacher4,290 BGN+24%
Post Doctoral Researcher6,350 BGN+83%
Preschool Education Administrator4,590 BGN+33%
Preschool Teacher3,320 BGN-4%
Primary School Teacher3,570 BGN+3%
Principal5,600 BGN+62%
Product Specialist4,630 BGN+34%
Professor - Accounting7,570 BGN+120%
Professor - Architecture7,200 BGN+110%
Professor - Biology7,200 BGN+110%
Professor - Business Administration7,250 BGN+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering7,430 BGN+110%
Professor - Chemistry7,560 BGN+120%
Professor - Civil Engineering7,240 BGN+110%
Professor - Communication6,720 BGN+94%
Professor - Computer Science7,310 BGN+110%
Professor - Dentistry7,860 BGN+130%
Professor - Drama6,770 BGN+96%
Professor - Economics7,550 BGN+120%
Professor - Education7,670 BGN+120%
Professor - Electrical Engineering7,470 BGN+120%
Professor - English6,990 BGN+100%
Professor - Environmental Engineering7,720 BGN+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages6,700 BGN+94%
Professor - Geological Sciences7,170 BGN+110%
Professor - History7,460 BGN+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering6,920 BGN+100%
Professor - Law7,770 BGN+120%
Professor - Legal Support7,140 BGN+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts6,980 BGN+100%
Professor - Marketing6,900 BGN+99%
Professor - Mathematics7,880 BGN+130%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering7,950 BGN+130%
Professor - Medical Administration7,500 BGN+120%
Professor - Medicine7,990 BGN+130%
Professor - Music6,880 BGN+99%
Professor - Nursing6,610 BGN+91%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences7,200 BGN+110%
Professor - Philosophy7,500 BGN+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy7,360 BGN+110%
Professor - Physics7,860 BGN+130%
Professor - Psychology7,360 BGN+110%
Professor - Rehabilitation6,420 BGN+85%
Professor - Social Work6,520 BGN+88%
Professor - Sociology7,360 BGN+110%
Professor - Special Education7,000 BGN+100%
Psychology Teacher5,770 BGN+67%
Public Management Assistant Professor5,950 BGN+72%
School Counselor5,390 BGN+56%
Science Educator4,000 BGN+16%
Science Laboratory Assistant3,550 BGN+3%
Science Teacher4,100 BGN+18%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher4,220 BGN+22%
Secondary School Teacher3,790 BGN+9%
Special Education Teacher4,270 BGN+23%
Special Needs Assistant3,420 BGN-1%
Statistics Lecturer6,880 BGN+99%
Student Accounts Coordinator3,810 BGN+10%
Student Development Specialist4,790 BGN+38%
Student Employment Specialist4,250 BGN+23%
Student Services3,660 BGN+6%
Student Support Manager4,600 BGN+33%
Substitute Teacher3,240 BGN-6%
Teacher3,730 BGN+8%
Teacher Aide3,060 BGN-12%
Teacher Trainer4,850 BGN+40%
Training and Development Specialist5,100 BGN+47%
Training Coordinator3,680 BGN+6%
Tutor3,900 BGN+13%
University Teacher7,030 BGN+100%
Vocational Education Teacher3,950 BGN+14%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas3,250 BGN
Plovdiv3,430 BGN
Rousse3,220 BGN
Sofia3,520 BGN
Stara Zagora3,120 BGN
Varna3,340 BGN
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