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Average Salary in Croatia 2023

How much money does a person working in Croatia make?

Average Monthly Salary
14,800 HRK
( 178,000 HRK yearly)


A person working in Croatia typically earns around 14,800 HRK per month. Salaries range from 3,750 HRK (lowest average) to 66,300 HRK (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Pay Scale and Salaries in Croatia

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
29,900 HRK or more
10% of people earn
23,400 to 29,900 HRK
20% of people earn
9,110 HRK or less
65% of people earn
9,110 to 23,400 HRK
Minimum Salary
3,750 HRK
13,700 HRK
66,300 HRK

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Croatia range from 3,750 HRK per month (starting salary) to 66,300 HRK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 13,700 HRK per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 13,700 HRK while the other half are earning more than 13,700 HRK. 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 and Salary Scale

    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 9,900 HRK while 75% of them are earning more than 9,900 HRK. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 20,800 HRK while 25% are earning more than 20,800 HRK.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 9,110 HRK to 23,400 HRK. Approximatly 20% fall under the 9,110 HRK cap. Ten percent of wages are from 23,400 HRK to 29,900 HRK. Only 5% of people grossed 29,900 HRK or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 Croatia costs anywhere from 74,200 Croatian Kuna(s) to 223,000 Croatian Kuna(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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary and Compensation 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 employees in Croatia earn 8% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

15,400 HRK
14,300 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Croatia

How much are annual salary increments in Croatia? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Croatia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 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.

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 Croatia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Croatia for the year 2022. 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates in Croatia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Croatia
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44% of surveyed staff in Croatia 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
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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salary Trend and Forecast in Croatia

How are Croatia salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Average Salary 2019
12,800 HRK
Average Salary 2020+4%
13,300 HRK
Average Salary 2021+4%
13,800 HRK
Average Salary 2022+4%
14,300 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Croatia are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant10,500 HRK
Accounting Assistant7,890 HRK
Accounting Manager22,100 HRK
Bookkeeper6,970 HRK
Chartered Accountant13,800 HRK
Corporate Treasurer20,100 HRK
Financial Analyst17,800 HRK
Financial Manager29,900 HRK
Internal Auditor14,100 HRK

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant7,330 HRK
Office Manager12,200 HRK
Receptionist5,460 HRK
Secretary6,400 HRK

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director14,800 HRK
Creative Director14,500 HRK
Graphic Designer8,930 HRK
Photographer7,930 HRK

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer18,700 HRK
Air Traffic Controller15,300 HRK
Flight Attendant10,100 HRK
Pilot24,500 HRK

Architect17,500 HRK
CAD Drafter7,550 HRK

Mechanic5,700 HRK
Service Advisor10,600 HRK

Bank Branch Manager26,100 HRK
Teller5,250 HRK

Teacher11,100 HRK
Translator13,800 HRK

Business Planning
Business Analyst18,700 HRK
Business Development Manager23,000 HRK
Project Manager15,700 HRK

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny5,850 HRK
Nursery Teacher5,270 HRK

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer13,100 HRK
Construction Project Manager23,100 HRK
Health and Safety Officer6,670 HRK

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative5,490 HRK
Customer Service Manager19,500 HRK
Customer Service Representative5,710 HRK

Electrical Engineer14,800 HRK
Engineer14,400 HRK
Mechanical Engineer13,200 HRK

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer34,200 HRK
Chief Financial Officer29,600 HRK
General Manager25,300 HRK

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef9,220 HRK
Executive Chef10,800 HRK
Hotel Manager26,900 HRK
Travel Agent9,370 HRK
Waiter / Waitress4,470 HRK

Health and Medical
Dentist36,400 HRK
Dietitian29,200 HRK
Laboratory Technician10,500 HRK
Nurse11,000 HRK

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager22,100 HRK
Human Resources Officer8,980 HRK

Information Technology
Computer Technician11,100 HRK
Database Administrator13,800 HRK
Developer / Programmer14,800 HRK
Information Technology Manager23,800 HRK
Network Engineer12,400 HRK

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer8,500 HRK

Attorney27,200 HRK
Legal Assistant7,750 HRK

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist16,400 HRK

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer12,200 HRK
Pharmacist18,200 HRK

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier5,370 HRK
Sales Manager26,500 HRK
Sales Representative9,530 HRK

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher10,100 HRK
Secondary School Teacher11,600 HRK

Average Hourly Wage in Croatia

86 HRK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Croatia is 86 HRK. This means that the average person in Croatia earns approximately 86 HRK for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Croatia is 22 HRK. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Zadar15,500 HRK
Zagreb16,500 HRK

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 Croatia earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
14,200 HRK
Public Sector+10%
15,500 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Croatia?

It is extremely difficult to give an exact figure of a good salary when no specific job is selected, however; an estimate can be provided based purely on the cost of living. A good compensation in Croatia would range anywhere between 13,700 HRK and 20,800 HRK.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Croatia is ranges from 9,900 HRK to 20,800 HRK. The base salary depends on many factors including profession, experience, and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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