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Average Salary in San Jose 2019

How much money does a person working in San Jose make?

1,759,291 CRC per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in San Jose typically earns around 1,759,291 CRC per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in San Jose | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly San Jose

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in San Jose range between 238,127 CRC per month (minimum salary) to 7,790,401 CRC per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 1,776,883 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,776,883 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,776,883 CRC. 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.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 906,754 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 906,754 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 4,879,315 CRC while 25% are earning more than 4,879,315 CRC.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in San Jose

How are San Jose salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly San Jose
Average Salary 2016    =  
1,619,539 CRC
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
1,679,462 CRC
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
1,726,487 CRC
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
1,759,291 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in San Jose are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant1,220,416 CRC
Administrative Assistant935,143 CRC
Architect1,582,199 CRC
Attorney2,560,421 CRC
Biomedical Engineer1,530,836 CRC
CAD Drafter1,286,341 CRC
Cashier965,761 CRC
Chartered Accountant1,550,175 CRC
Chef1,393,622 CRC
Chief Executive Officer4,104,231 CRC
Chief Financial Officer3,736,418 CRC
Civil Engineer1,630,437 CRC
Computer Technician1,336,300 CRC
Creative Director1,774,547 CRC
Dentist4,268,507 CRC
Developer / Programmer1,605,378 CRC
Electrical Engineer1,691,404 CRC
Elementary School Teacher1,201,167 CRC
Engineer1,622,397 CRC
Executive Chef1,560,046 CRC
Flight Attendant1,502,406 CRC
General Manager3,279,816 CRC
Graphic Designer1,198,711 CRC
Hotel Manager2,753,703 CRC
Human Resources Manager2,503,319 CRC
Internal Auditor1,746,926 CRC
Journalist1,795,919 CRC
Legal Assistant1,293,308 CRC
Mechanical Engineer1,731,468 CRC
Nurse1,385,831 CRC
Pharmacist2,044,076 CRC
Photographer1,222,828 CRC
Pilot2,058,009 CRC
Police Officer1,443,516 CRC
Project Manager2,098,343 CRC
Receptionist983,693 CRC
Sales Manager2,668,796 CRC
Sales Representative1,132,161 CRC
Secondary School Teacher1,403,783 CRC
Secretary979,404 CRC
Teacher1,344,473 CRC
Teller1,259,006 CRC
Travel Agent1,384,911 CRC
Waiter / Waitress1,043,008 CRC

Average Hourly Wage in San Jose | All Jobs

10,150 CRC per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in San Jose | All Jobs is 10,150 CRC. This means that the average person in San Jose earns approximatly 10,150 CRC for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

San Jose VS Costa Rica

Salary Comparison Between San Jose and Costa Rica monthlyWe compared salaries in San Jose and Costa Rica and we found that San Jose salaries are 6% more than those of Costa Rica.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
San Jose1,759,291 CRC
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