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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Bulgaria 2022

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Bulgaria?

Average Monthly Salary
2,400 BGN
( 28,700 BGN yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,400 BGN per month. Salaries range from 1,170 BGN (lowest) to 3,740 BGN (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Bulgaria

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Bulgaria range from 1,170 BGN per month (minimum salary) to 3,740 BGN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,440 BGN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 2,440 BGN while the other half are earning more than 2,440 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 1,630 BGN while 75% of them are earning more than 1,630 BGN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 3,150 BGN while 25% are earning more than 3,150 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

Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,390 BGN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,790 BGN per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 2,470 BGN per month, 38% 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,060 BGN per month, 24% 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 3,280 BGN per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 3,490 BGN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Bulgaria

0 - 2 Years
1,390 BGN
2 - 5 Years+29%
1,790 BGN
5 - 10 Years+38%
2,470 BGN
10 - 15 Years+24%
3,060 BGN
15 - 20 Years+7%
3,280 BGN
20+ Years+7%
3,490 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 1,740 BGN per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 2,790 BGN per month, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Bulgaria

Bachelor's Degree
1,740 BGN
Master's Degree+60%
2,790 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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Laboratory Technician 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 Laboratory Technician employees in Bulgaria earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,460 BGN
2,310 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Bulgaria

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% 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

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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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician is considered to be a low 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Bulgaria

14 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Bulgaria is 14 BGN. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Bulgaria earns approximately 14 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 42% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 17% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Admitting Officer2,550 BGN+6%
Ambulance Dispatcher2,430 BGN+1%
Ambulance Driver2,310 BGN-4%
Ambulance Officer and Paramedic2,610 BGN+9%
Ambulatory Services Director4,980 BGN+110%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor5,550 BGN+130%
Anesthesia Technician3,700 BGN+54%
Anesthesiologist10,300 BGN+330%
Anesthesiology Assistant3,560 BGN+49%
Assistant Optometrist2,790 BGN+16%
Audiologist5,810 BGN+140%
Biomedical Engineering Director4,420 BGN+85%
Biomedical Engineering Technician2,400 BGN+0%
Cardiac Technician2,400 BGN+0%
Cardiovascular Specialist12,400 BGN+420%
Cardiovascular Technologist4,880 BGN+100%
Central Sterile Processing Technician2,820 BGN+18%
Charge Entry Specialist3,210 BGN+34%
Clinical Application Specialist3,130 BGN+31%
Clinical Biochemist5,690 BGN+140%
Clinical Cytogeneticist5,010 BGN+110%
Clinical Data Reviewer3,230 BGN+35%
Clinical Development Specialist3,780 BGN+58%
Clinical Field Associate3,130 BGN+31%
Clinical Genetic Technologist5,110 BGN+110%
Clinical Microbiologist6,160 BGN+160%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist5,310 BGN+120%
Clinical Neuropsychologist6,660 BGN+180%
Clinical Research Coordinator3,800 BGN+59%
Clinical Scientist6,740 BGN+180%
CME Specialist5,490 BGN+130%
CT Technologist3,170 BGN+32%
Cytogenetic Technologist4,420 BGN+85%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer3,840 BGN+60%
Dispensing Optician2,990 BGN+25%
Dosimetrist4,490 BGN+87%
EKG Technician3,090 BGN+29%
Endoscopic Assistant2,820 BGN+18%
Endoscopy Technician2,560 BGN+7%
Enterostomal Therapist4,270 BGN+78%
Epidemiologist5,450 BGN+130%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian2,710 BGN+13%
Health Systems Specialist3,820 BGN+59%
Health Technologist4,430 BGN+85%
Healthcare Data Analyst3,240 BGN+35%
Hearing Aid Specialist3,550 BGN+48%
Histotechnologist3,980 BGN+66%
Immunologist6,280 BGN+160%
Industrial Hygienist4,080 BGN+70%
Infection Control Coordinator3,080 BGN+29%
Infection Control Practitioner7,080 BGN+200%
Infection Preventionist4,750 BGN+98%
Informatics Practice Specialist3,590 BGN+50%
Interventional Radiographer5,440 BGN+130%
Lab Assistant2,530 BGN+6%
Laboratory Manager4,870 BGN+100%
Laboratory Technician2,400 BGN+0%
Low Vision Therapist5,950 BGN+150%
Mammography Technician2,600 BGN+9%
Medical Coder2,380 BGN-1%
Medical Courier1,740 BGN-27%
Medical Equipment Preparer2,570 BGN+7%
Medical Forms Designer2,130 BGN-11%
Medical Technologist2,870 BGN+20%
MRI Technologist2,510 BGN+5%
Music Therapist3,630 BGN+52%
Neonatologist6,940 BGN+190%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian2,680 BGN+12%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant2,380 BGN-1%
Nuclear Medical Technician3,610 BGN+51%
Nuclear Medicine Technolgoist3,780 BGN+58%
Nutrition Assistant2,690 BGN+12%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant2,650 BGN+11%
Operating Room Scheduler2,470 BGN+3%
Operating Room Services Director7,170 BGN+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant2,690 BGN+12%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician2,780 BGN+16%
Optician5,580 BGN+130%
Orthopedic Technician2,760 BGN+15%
Orthoptist7,440 BGN+210%
Orthotist7,690 BGN+220%
Pathology Assistant2,680 BGN+12%
Perfusionist8,250 BGN+240%
Phlebotomist2,020 BGN-16%
Pre Authorization Case Manager3,720 BGN+55%
Prosthetist6,110 BGN+160%
Radiation Therapist8,750 BGN+270%
Radiation Therapy Technologist3,890 BGN+62%
Radiographer6,170 BGN+160%
Radiography Technologist3,640 BGN+52%
Radiologic Technologist3,680 BGN+54%
Radiology Technologist3,590 BGN+50%
Respiratory Care Practitioner6,990 BGN+190%
Respiratory Therapist5,310 BGN+120%
Respiratory Therapy Technician3,180 BGN+33%
Sonographer3,930 BGN+64%
Sonography Technologist3,840 BGN+60%
Speech and Language Pathologist5,560 BGN+130%
Ultrasonographer3,140 BGN+31%
Ultrasound Technologist2,940 BGN+23%
Vascular Technologist2,630 BGN+10%
X-Ray Technologist3,650 BGN+52%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Burgas2,560 BGN
Plovdiv2,630 BGN
Rousse2,450 BGN
Sofia2,800 BGN
Stara Zagora2,300 BGN
Varna2,470 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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