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Attorney Average Salary in Bulgaria 2022

How much money does an Attorney make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
6,360 BGN
( 76,400 BGN yearly)


A person working as an Attorney in Bulgaria typically earns around 6,360 BGN per month. Salaries range from 2,930 BGN (lowest) to 10,100 BGN (highest).

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

Attorney Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Attorney salaries in Bulgaria range from 2,930 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 10,100 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,870 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 6,870 BGN while the other half are earning more than 6,870 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 Attorney(s) are earning less than 4,410 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 4,410 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 9,180 BGN while 25% are earning more than 9,180 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

Attorney 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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Attorney with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,320 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,440 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 6,560 BGN per month, 48% 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, Attorney(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 8,000 BGN per month, 22% 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 8,720 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 9,440 BGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Attorney average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
3,320 BGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
4,440 BGN
5 - 10 Years+48%
6,560 BGN
10 - 15 Years+22%
8,000 BGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
8,720 BGN
20+ Years+8%
9,440 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Attorney is 3,790 BGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 5,950 BGN per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 9,970 BGN per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Bachelor's Degree
3,790 BGN
Master's Degree+57%
5,950 BGN
9,970 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

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Attorney 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 Attorney employees in Bulgaria earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

6,630 BGN
6,100 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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


Attorney(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 20 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

Information Technology

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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Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Attorney
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An Attorney is considered to be a high 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.

17% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 83% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% 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.

Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

37 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 37 BGN. This means that the average Attorney in Bulgaria earns approximately 37 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.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Attorney is 60% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge9,040 BGN+42%
Arbitrator4,040 BGN-37%
Associate Attorney4,040 BGN-37%
Attorney6,360 BGN-0%
Bailiff2,000 BGN-69%
Barrister1,800 BGN-72%
Candidate Attorney3,910 BGN-39%
Conciliator3,380 BGN-47%
Contracts Manager3,640 BGN-43%
Contracts Negotiator2,920 BGN-54%
Conveyancing Secretary1,810 BGN-72%
Corporate Counsel4,930 BGN-23%
Counsel4,890 BGN-23%
Court Clerk1,500 BGN-76%
Court Judicial Assistant2,590 BGN-59%
Court Liaison Specialist2,800 BGN-56%
Court Reporter2,620 BGN-59%
Court Representative2,000 BGN-69%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer9,140 BGN+44%
Immigration Executive4,570 BGN-28%
In House Counsel4,620 BGN-27%
Intellectual Property Specialist3,160 BGN-50%
Judge Advocate7,190 BGN+13%
Law Clerk1,570 BGN-75%
Lawyer6,380 BGN+0%
Legal Administrative Assistant1,710 BGN-73%
Legal Advisor3,910 BGN-39%
Legal Assistant1,770 BGN-72%
Legal Associate3,110 BGN-51%
Legal Consultant4,040 BGN-37%
Legal Counsel4,960 BGN-22%
Legal Editor3,120 BGN-51%
Legal Executive6,130 BGN-4%
Legal Executive Secretary1,760 BGN-72%
Legal IP Officer1,610 BGN-75%
Legal Officer2,000 BGN-69%
Legal Services Director7,840 BGN+23%
Legal Services Manager7,830 BGN+23%
Legal Support Worker1,280 BGN-80%
Legislative Liaison3,160 BGN-50%
Litigation Attorney7,620 BGN+20%
Litigation Paralegal4,170 BGN-34%
Magistrate Judge9,820 BGN+54%
Paralegal2,610 BGN-59%
Patent Attorney4,720 BGN-26%
Staff Attorney5,220 BGN-18%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas6,360 BGN
Plovdiv6,700 BGN
Rousse6,310 BGN
Sofia6,860 BGN
Stara Zagora6,120 BGN
Varna6,530 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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