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Average Salary in Costa Rica 2019

How much money does a person working in Costa Rica make?

1,653,822 CRC per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Costa Rica typically earns around 1,653,822 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 Costa Rica | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Costa Rica

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Costa Rica range between 223,851 CRC per month (minimum salary) to 7,323,372 CRC per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 1,686,899 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,686,899 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,686,899 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 859,838 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 859,838 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 4,685,341 CRC while 25% are earning more than 4,685,341 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 Costa Rica

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Costa Rica
Average Salary 2016    =  
1,509,133 CRC
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
1,564,971 CRC
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
1,613,485 CRC
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
1,653,822 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Costa Rica are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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
Accountant1,146,744 CRC
Administrative Assistant874,858 CRC
Architect1,493,909 CRC
Attorney2,395,361 CRC
Biomedical Engineer1,399,952 CRC
CAD Drafter1,254,669 CRC
Cashier948,311 CRC
Chartered Accountant1,398,043 CRC
Chef1,359,309 CRC
Chief Executive Officer3,720,156 CRC
Chief Financial Officer3,222,552 CRC
Civil Engineer1,511,450 CRC
Computer Technician1,235,870 CRC
Creative Director1,641,181 CRC
Dentist3,849,602 CRC
Developer / Programmer1,372,749 CRC
Electrical Engineer1,612,068 CRC
Elementary School Teacher1,087,504 CRC
Engineer1,493,909 CRC
Executive Chef1,469,382 CRC
Flight Attendant1,330,802 CRC
General Manager2,961,754 CRC
Graphic Designer1,069,640 CRC
Hotel Manager2,419,522 CRC
Human Resources Manager2,237,778 CRC
Internal Auditor1,634,726 CRC
Journalist1,580,396 CRC
Legal Assistant1,131,761 CRC
Mechanical Engineer1,586,731 CRC
Nurse1,317,403 CRC
Pharmacist1,801,608 CRC
Photographer1,054,653 CRC
Pilot1,948,068 CRC
Police Officer1,225,313 CRC
Project Manager1,830,843 CRC
Receptionist855,852 CRC
Sales Manager2,532,767 CRC
Sales Representative1,002,846 CRC
Secondary School Teacher1,301,241 CRC
Secretary881,638 CRC
Teacher1,295,311 CRC
Teller1,098,506 CRC
Travel Agent1,295,962 CRC
Waiter / Waitress1,007,634 CRC

Average Hourly Wage in Costa Rica | All Jobs

9,541 CRC per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Costa Rica | All Jobs is 9,541 CRC. This means that the average person in Costa Rica earns approximatly 9,541 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
San Jose1,759,291 CRC
2068528 - 34
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