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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Salaries in Bulgaria 2023

How much money does a person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
2,970 BGN
( 35,700 BGN yearly)


A person working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,970 BGN per month. Salaries range from 1,080 BGN (lowest average) to 6,880 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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
Assistant Yard Manager3,050 BGN
Associate Analyst3,380 BGN
Associate Landman1,420 BGN
Auxiliary Equipment Operator1,260 BGN
Biomass Plant Technician1,510 BGN
Biomass Power Plant Manager4,460 BGN
Chemical Plant Operator2,480 BGN
Chief Contract Compliance Engineer3,190 BGN
Completions Engineer2,960 BGN
Cost Controller2,140 BGN
Crude Oil Marketing Representative3,270 BGN
Dispatcher1,350 BGN
Distribution Manager4,280 BGN
Dragline Operator1,490 BGN
Driller Offsider1,090 BGN
Dump Truck Driver1,170 BGN
Electric and Gas Operations Manager6,970 BGN
Energy Advisor4,810 BGN
Energy Analyst4,250 BGN
Energy Auditor3,870 BGN
Energy Dispatch Director5,420 BGN
Energy Technical Assistant1,840 BGN
Energy Technical Manager3,880 BGN
Energy Technical Trainer2,640 BGN
Exploration Manager5,140 BGN
Field Safety Auditor3,570 BGN
Fluids Engineer2,980 BGN
Fuel Cell Engineer3,120 BGN
Fuel Cell Technician1,540 BGN
Fuels Handler1,420 BGN
Gas Compressor Operator1,340 BGN
Gas Distribution Plant Operator2,560 BGN
Gas Supply Manager4,780 BGN
Geologist5,280 BGN
Geophysicist5,870 BGN
Geothermal Production Manager5,360 BGN
Geothermal Technician2,050 BGN
HSE Engineer2,940 BGN
HSE Officer1,850 BGN
HSEQ Administrator2,270 BGN
Inspector2,880 BGN
Instructor2,620 BGN
Instrument Designer2,420 BGN
Lead Technical Field Advisor4,180 BGN
Logistics and Tool Coordinator2,580 BGN
Maintenance Engineer3,130 BGN
Maintenance Superintendent2,660 BGN
Material Controller2,100 BGN
Mine Engineer2,940 BGN
Mine Surveyor3,290 BGN
Mining Project Administrator2,830 BGN
Mining Project Assistant2,250 BGN
Mining Project Controls Consultant3,340 BGN
Mining Project Coordinator2,640 BGN
Mining Project Engineer2,990 BGN
Mining Project Manager3,960 BGN
Mining Site Manager4,200 BGN
Mining Team Leader3,260 BGN
NDT Technician1,900 BGN
Oil Service Unit Operator1,600 BGN
Oil Trader4,090 BGN
Oilwell Pumper1,180 BGN
Petroleum Engineer 3,550 BGN
Petroleum Geologist5,270 BGN
Petroleum Pump System Operator1,740 BGN
Pipeline Technician1,170 BGN
Power Coordinator1,840 BGN
Power Plant Operations Manager6,150 BGN
Power Plant Operator2,540 BGN
Radio Operator1,370 BGN
Reliability Engineer2,930 BGN
Reservoir Engineer2,820 BGN
Risk Analyst3,760 BGN
Roughneck3,230 BGN
Scaffolder1,900 BGN
Shutdown Engineer2,480 BGN
Solar Energy Installation Manager4,460 BGN
Solar Energy Systems Engineer3,240 BGN
Solar Photovoltaic Installer1,910 BGN
Solar Thermal Technician1,880 BGN
Supply Operations Manager5,000 BGN
Sustainability Specialist4,660 BGN
System Development Advisor3,540 BGN
Tanker Truck Driver1,180 BGN
Utility Operator1,670 BGN
Wind Energy Project Manager4,280 BGN

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Jobs Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining salaries in Bulgaria range from 1,080 BGN per month (minimum average salary) to 6,880 BGN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,210 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 3,210 BGN while the other half are earning more than 3,210 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 1,930 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,930 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining are earning less than 5,450 BGN while 25% are earning more than 5,450 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?

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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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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 Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,100 BGN
2,850 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

How much are annual salary increments in Bulgaria for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining professionals in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 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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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining
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Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 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.

46% of surveyed staff in Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining Hourly Average Wage in Bulgaria

17 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 17 BGN. This means that the average person in Bulgaria earns approximately 17 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.

Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining and Oil  / Gas / Energy / Mining monthly Bulgaria
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The average salary for Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining is 10% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas3,100 BGN
Plovdiv3,350 BGN
Rousse3,040 BGN
Sofia3,470 BGN
Stara Zagora2,920 BGN
Varna3,230 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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