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Engineering Average Salaries in Bulgaria 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Bulgaria?


Average Monthly Salary
2,790 BGN
( 33,500 BGN yearly)

LOW
880
BGN
AVERAGE
2,790
BGN
HIGH
5,900
BGN

A person working in Engineering in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,790 BGN per month. Salaries range from 880 BGN (lowest average) to 5,900 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer2,820 BGN
Assembly Engineering Technician2,270 BGN
Assistant Chief Engineer3,410 BGN
Associate Engineer2,740 BGN
Autocad Operator1,850 BGN
Automation Engineer3,030 BGN
Avionic System Support Engineer2,880 BGN
Biochemical Engineer2,680 BGN
BMS Engineer2,710 BGN
Bridge and Lock Tender1,650 BGN
Broadcast Engineer2,760 BGN
CAD Design Engineer2,990 BGN
CAD Designer1,870 BGN
CAE Engineer3,030 BGN
Ceramics Engineer2,610 BGN
Civil Engineer3,040 BGN
Commissioning Engineer2,930 BGN
Communications Engineer3,150 BGN
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,630 BGN
Contract Associate Engineer2,720 BGN
Control Systems Engineer3,000 BGN
Controls Engineer2,820 BGN
Controls Software Engineer2,520 BGN
Corrosion Engineer2,700 BGN
Design Engineer3,120 BGN
Drafter1,780 BGN
Drafting Manager3,380 BGN
Drilling Engineer2,770 BGN
Electrical Draughtsman1,530 BGN
Electrical Engineer3,240 BGN
Electrical Engineering Manager4,380 BGN
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist3,110 BGN
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,570 BGN
Energy Engineer3,170 BGN
Engine Assembler1,380 BGN
Engineer3,010 BGN
Engineering Account Manager3,430 BGN
Engineering Chief Designer3,220 BGN
Engineering Consultant4,030 BGN
Engineering Key Account Manager4,040 BGN
Engineering Lab Technician2,840 BGN
Engineering Planning Manager4,020 BGN
Engineering Production Manager5,470 BGN
Engineering Project Analyst3,500 BGN
Engineering Project Coordinator 3,590 BGN
Engineering Project Director6,050 BGN
Engineering Project Manager4,130 BGN
Engineering Research and Development Manager4,950 BGN
Engineering Safety Coordinator2,380 BGN
Engineering Sales Manager4,150 BGN
Engineering Technician2,290 BGN
Engineering Technologist2,410 BGN
Environmental Engineer2,890 BGN
Equipment Engineer2,780 BGN
Equipment Engineering Manager3,750 BGN
Estimator2,470 BGN
Fabrication Specialist2,040 BGN
Fabricator1,360 BGN
Facade Engineer2,830 BGN
Fiber Analyst1,640 BGN
Field Engineer3,060 BGN
Field Engineering Manager5,140 BGN
Fire Engineer2,960 BGN
Fitter and Turner980 BGN
Forestry Strategic Planner3,530 BGN
Generation Engineer3,050 BGN
Genetic Engineer3,290 BGN
Geological Engineer3,010 BGN
Geotechnical Engineer3,030 BGN
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,540 BGN
Highway Engineer2,930 BGN
HSE Professional2,800 BGN
HVAC Engineer3,240 BGN
HVAC Supervisor2,830 BGN
Industrial Engineer2,740 BGN
Industrial Engineering Technologist2,860 BGN
Instrument Engineer2,930 BGN
Instrumentation and Control Engineer2,850 BGN
Instrumentation Engineer2,830 BGN
Instrumentation Manager3,040 BGN
Irrigation Engineer2,850 BGN
Licensed Aircraft Engineer3,100 BGN
Locomotive Engineer2,810 BGN
Maintenance Engineer2,850 BGN
Maintenance Fitter1,020 BGN
Maintenance Manager3,060 BGN
Manufacturing Engineer2,730 BGN
Marine Engineer2,950 BGN
Materials Engineer2,970 BGN
Materials Researcher2,880 BGN
Materials Technician2,140 BGN
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer3,030 BGN
Mechanical Design Engineer3,170 BGN
Mechanical Designer2,650 BGN
Mechanical Engineer3,020 BGN
Mechanical Engineering Manager4,110 BGN
Mechanical Inspector2,790 BGN
Mechatronics Engineer3,190 BGN
Mining Engineer2,880 BGN
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer3,090 BGN
Optical Engineer2,860 BGN
Optical Instrument Assembler1,540 BGN
PCB Assembler1,090 BGN
Photonics Engineer3,320 BGN
Photonics Technician2,530 BGN
Pipeline Engineer2,820 BGN
Piping Designer1,560 BGN
Piping Engineer2,720 BGN
Planning Engineer3,010 BGN
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,470 BGN
Principal Cost Engineer2,880 BGN
Principal Engineer3,000 BGN
Principal Support Engineer3,100 BGN
Process Engineer2,900 BGN
Process Operator1,680 BGN
Product Development Engineer3,150 BGN
Product Development Technician2,070 BGN
Product Engineer2,940 BGN
Product Safety Engineer2,840 BGN
Production Engineer2,960 BGN
Project Engineer3,090 BGN
Proposal Manager3,710 BGN
Purchasing Engineer2,780 BGN
Quality Assurance Engineer2,990 BGN
Rail Engineer2,840 BGN
Robotics Engineer3,450 BGN
Robotics Technician2,340 BGN
Safety Engineer2,910 BGN
Safety Inspector2,340 BGN
Safety Manager3,440 BGN
Safety Officer1,550 BGN
Sales Engineer3,180 BGN
Scheduling Engineer2,750 BGN
Service Engineer3,130 BGN
Solar Engineer3,200 BGN
Staff Engineer2,910 BGN
Static Equipment Engineer2,770 BGN
Stationary Engineer2,650 BGN
Stress Engineer2,630 BGN
Structural Analysis Engineer2,870 BGN
Structural Designer2,550 BGN
Structural Engineer2,970 BGN
Structural Technician1,820 BGN
Supply Chain Specialist2,840 BGN
Surveyor2,180 BGN
Technical Affairs Officer1,500 BGN
Technical Assistant1,500 BGN
Technical Engineer2,500 BGN
Technical Support Engineer2,630 BGN
Tender Engineer2,630 BGN
Test Development Engineer2,970 BGN
Transportation Engineer2,860 BGN
Validation Engineer2,680 BGN
Verification Engineer2,740 BGN
Wastewater Engineer2,930 BGN
Wind Energy Engineer3,120 BGN
Wind Energy Operations Manager3,820 BGN
Work Planner1,990 BGN

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Bulgaria range from 880 BGN per month (minimum average salary) to 5,900 BGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,840 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,840 BGN while the other half are earning more than 2,840 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,680 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,680 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 4,460 BGN while 25% are earning more than 4,460 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 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 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
2,860 BGN
Female-6%
2,690 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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

Engineering

Engineering professionals in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% 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 2021

Banking
6%
Energy
3%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
6%
Travel
3%
Construction
9%
Education
6%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Bulgaria for the year 2021. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

49% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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
51%
No Bonus
49%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Bulgaria


16 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 16 BGN. This means that the average person in Bulgaria earns approximately 16 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas2,910 BGN
Plovdiv3,140 BGN
Rousse2,850 BGN
Sofia3,250 BGN
Stara Zagora2,730 BGN
Varna3,020 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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