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Developer / Programmer Average Salary in Bulgaria 2020

How much money does a Developer / Programmer make in Bulgaria?


Average Monthly Salary
4,170 BGN
( 50,000 BGN yearly)

LOW
1,920
BGN
AVERAGE
4,170
BGN
HIGH
6,630
BGN

A person working as a Developer / Programmer in Bulgaria typically earns around 4,170 BGN per month. Salaries range from 1,920 BGN (lowest) to 6,630 BGN (highest).

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

Developer / Programmer Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Developer / Programmer salaries in Bulgaria range from 1,920 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 6,630 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,500 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Developer / Programmer(s) are earning less than 4,500 BGN while the other half are earning more than 4,500 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 Developer / Programmer(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 Developer / Programmer(s) are earning less than 6,010 BGN while 25% are earning more than 6,010 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

Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Bulgaria Developer / Programmer
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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 Developer / Programmer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Developer / Programmer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,180 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,910 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 4,300 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, Developer / Programmer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,240 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 5,710 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 6,180 BGN per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Developer / Programmer average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
2,180 BGN
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,910 BGN
5 - 10 Years+48%
4,300 BGN
10 - 15 Years+22%
5,240 BGN
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,710 BGN
20+ Years+8%
6,180 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Developer / Programmer is 2,480 BGN per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 3,890 BGN per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,530 BGN per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.


Developer / Programmer average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Certificate or Diploma
2,480 BGN
Bachelor's Degree+57%
3,890 BGN
Master's Degree+68%
6,530 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Developer / Programmer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Bulgaria Developer / Programmer
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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 Developer / Programmer employees in Bulgaria earn 12% more than their female counterparts.

Female
3,940 BGN
Male+12%
4,400 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Developer / Programmer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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

Developer / Programmer

Developer / Programmer(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 22 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 20 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Bulgaria Developer / Programmer
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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

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 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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Developer / Programmer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

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

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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
56%
No Bonus
44%

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.

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 Developer / Programmer 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

Developer / Programmer Salary Trend and Forecast in Bulgaria

How are Developer / Programmer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Bulgaria Developer / Programmer
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Average Salary 2016
3,600 BGN
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,740 BGN
Average Salary 2018+4%
3,880 BGN
Average Salary 2019+4%
4,020 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Developer / Programmer 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 4% 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.

Developer / Programmer Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria


24 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 24 BGN. This means that the average Developer / Programmer in Bulgaria earns approximately 24 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.

Developer / Programmer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Developer / Programmer and Information Technology monthly Bulgaria
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The average salary for Developer / Programmer is 2% less than that of Developers and Programmers. Also, Developers and Programmers salaries are 9% less than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
ABAP Developer4,250 BGN+2%
Android Developer4,030 BGN-3%
Angular Developer4,110 BGN-1%
AS400 Programmer4,700 BGN+13%
Avaloq Developer4,000 BGN-4%
BizTalk Developer 4,460 BGN+7%
Build and Release Engineer4,070 BGN-2%
Business Intelligence Developer4,970 BGN+19%
Business Objects Developer4,460 BGN+7%
C# Developer4,430 BGN+6%
C++ Developer4,490 BGN+8%
CMS Developer3,830 BGN-8%
Curam Developer3,760 BGN-10%
Developer / Programmer4,170 BGN+0%
Flash Developer4,120 BGN-1%
Front End Developer3,870 BGN-7%
Full Stack Developer4,690 BGN+13%
Game Developer4,380 BGN+5%
GIS Developer4,270 BGN+2%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer3,910 BGN-6%
Graphics Programmer4,160 BGN-0%
Imaging Programmer4,040 BGN-3%
IOS Developer4,390 BGN+5%
Java Developer4,420 BGN+6%
Javascript Developer4,330 BGN+4%
Lead Developer4,720 BGN+13%
Mobile Developer4,290 BGN+3%
Multimedia Developer3,900 BGN-6%
Nodejs Developer4,930 BGN+18%
Oracle Developer5,030 BGN+21%
Perl Developer3,920 BGN-6%
PHP Developer4,180 BGN+0%
Python Developer4,440 BGN+7%
Remedy Developer3,830 BGN-8%
Ruby Developer3,960 BGN-5%
Salesforce Developer3,740 BGN-10%
SAS Programmer4,290 BGN+3%
Sharepoint Developer4,520 BGN+8%
Software Development Manager5,430 BGN+30%
Software QA Engineer4,200 BGN+1%
Software Test Engineer4,090 BGN-2%
Teradata Developer3,970 BGN-5%
TIBCO Developer3,810 BGN-9%
User Experience Designer4,250 BGN+2%
VB Developer3,440 BGN-17%
VB.NET Developer4,090 BGN-2%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas4,200 BGN
Plovdiv4,250 BGN
Rousse4,050 BGN
Sofia4,490 BGN
Stara Zagora3,810 BGN
Varna4,450 BGN
5007 - 5

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