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Average Salary in Costa Rica 2019

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

2,190,270 CRC per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Costa Rica typically earns around 2,190,270 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

25% of people earn
1,500,000 CRC
or less
50% of people earn
1,600,000 CRC
or less
75% of people earn
2,511,503 CRC
or less

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Costa Rica range between 750,000 CRC per month (minimum salary) to 10,000,000 CRC per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 1,600,000 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,600,000 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,600,000 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 1,500,000 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 1,500,000 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 2,511,503 CRC while 25% are earning more than 2,511,503 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

Salaries for specific job categories

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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.

Average Salary 2016    =  
2,039,879 CRC
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
2,096,996 CRC
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
2,147,324 CRC
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
2,190,270 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 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.

Average Hourly Wage in Costa Rica | All Jobs

11,231 CRC per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Costa Rica | All Jobs is 11,231 CRC. This means that the average person in Costa Rica earns approximatly 11,231 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 Jose2,382,142 CRC
Santa Ana1,337,500 CRC
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