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Pharmacist Average Salary in Bulgaria 2022

How much money does a Pharmacist make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
4,330 BGN
( 52,000 BGN yearly)


A person working as a Pharmacist in Bulgaria typically earns around 4,330 BGN per month. Salaries range from 2,250 BGN (lowest) to 6,630 BGN (highest).

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

Pharmacist Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmacist salaries in Bulgaria range from 2,250 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 6,630 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,160 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 4,160 BGN while the other half are earning more than 4,160 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 Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 2,890 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 2,890 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Pharmacist(s) are earning less than 5,180 BGN while 25% are earning more than 5,180 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

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

A Pharmacist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,560 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,430 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 4,460 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, Pharmacist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,400 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 5,900 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 6,210 BGN per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Pharmacist average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
2,560 BGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
3,430 BGN
5 - 10 Years+30%
4,460 BGN
10 - 15 Years+21%
5,400 BGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,900 BGN
20+ Years+5%
6,210 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Pharmacist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Pharmacist is 3,610 BGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 5,010 BGN per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Pharmacist average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Bachelor's Degree
3,610 BGN
Master's Degree+39%
5,010 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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Pharmacist 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 Pharmacist employees in Bulgaria earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,480 BGN
4,210 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Pharmacist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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


Pharmacist(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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

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

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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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Pharmacist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Pharmacist
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A Pharmacist 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.

49% of surveyed staff 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 5% 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.

Pharmacist Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

25 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 25 BGN. This means that the average Pharmacist in Bulgaria earns approximately 25 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.

Pharmacist VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Pharmacist is 2% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist2,870 BGN-34%
Assistant Pharmacy Director5,370 BGN+24%
Associate Medical Affairs Director7,240 BGN+67%
Bioinformatics Scientist6,320 BGN+46%
Bioinformatics Technician3,020 BGN-30%
Biological Scientist7,270 BGN+68%
Biological Technician2,910 BGN-33%
Biomedical Engineer2,710 BGN-37%
Biomedical Engineering Director5,440 BGN+26%
Biostatistician4,550 BGN+5%
Biotechnologist 4,160 BGN-4%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager3,590 BGN-17%
Chemical Process Technician3,220 BGN-26%
Clinical Consultant4,270 BGN-1%
Clinical Data Manager4,130 BGN-5%
Clinical Data Specialist3,930 BGN-9%
Clinical Operations Manager6,180 BGN+43%
Clinical Pharmacist4,340 BGN+0%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist5,390 BGN+24%
Clinical Programmer2,150 BGN-50%
Clinical Project Manager3,930 BGN-9%
Clinical Research Associate3,600 BGN-17%
Clinical Research Manager6,340 BGN+46%
Clinical Study Manager5,150 BGN+19%
Compliance Specialist4,550 BGN+5%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist3,480 BGN-20%
Cytotechnologist3,590 BGN-17%
GCP Auditor3,690 BGN-15%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician3,220 BGN-26%
Manufacturing Engineer3,450 BGN-20%
Medical Affairs Director6,850 BGN+58%
Medical Representative 2,840 BGN-34%
Medical Science Liaison4,970 BGN+15%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist7,160 BGN+65%
Nuclear Pharmacist4,390 BGN+1%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead8,090 BGN+87%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager7,200 BGN+66%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer3,950 BGN-9%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager4,920 BGN+14%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor4,860 BGN+12%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant3,590 BGN-17%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist3,880 BGN-10%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate4,160 BGN-4%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist6,460 BGN+49%
Pharmaceutical Researcher6,230 BGN+44%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager5,070 BGN+17%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager6,130 BGN+42%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative2,980 BGN-31%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager6,570 BGN+52%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader4,770 BGN+10%
Pharmaceutical Technologist3,210 BGN-26%
Pharmacist4,330 BGN-0%
Pharmacy Aide2,710 BGN-37%
Pharmacy Manager5,710 BGN+32%
Pharmacy Stock Controller2,660 BGN-39%
Pharmacy Technician2,450 BGN-43%
Records Management Coordinator2,300 BGN-47%
Shift Encapsulator2,480 BGN-43%
Staff Pharmacist4,450 BGN+3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas4,070 BGN
Plovdiv4,470 BGN
Rousse3,960 BGN
Sofia4,670 BGN
Stara Zagora3,770 BGN
Varna4,270 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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