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Engineering Average Salaries in Croatia 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Croatia?

Average Monthly Salary
23,900 HRK
( 287,000 HRK yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Croatia typically earns around 23,900 HRK per month. Salaries range from 13,200 HRK (lowest average) to 31,700 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer24,900 HRK
Assembly Engineering Technician21,300 HRK
Assistant Chief Engineer24,800 HRK
Associate Engineer23,100 HRK
Autocad Operator19,300 HRK
Automation Engineer28,500 HRK
Avionic System Support Engineer22,700 HRK
Biochemical Engineer27,000 HRK
BMS Engineer23,900 HRK
Bridge and Lock Tender24,000 HRK
Broadcast Engineer27,300 HRK
CAD Design Engineer22,800 HRK
CAD Designer19,900 HRK
CAE Engineer22,100 HRK
Ceramics Engineer23,800 HRK
Civil Engineer23,100 HRK
Commissioning Engineer23,000 HRK
Communications Engineer24,500 HRK
Condition Monitoring Engineer20,300 HRK
Contract Associate Engineer25,600 HRK
Control Systems Engineer25,100 HRK
Controls Engineer24,300 HRK
Controls Software Engineer23,300 HRK
Corrosion Engineer23,000 HRK
Design Engineer26,400 HRK
Drafter18,300 HRK
Drafting Manager26,200 HRK
Drilling Engineer22,600 HRK
Electrical Draughtsman15,300 HRK
Electrical Engineer26,600 HRK
Electrical Engineering Manager29,600 HRK
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist26,100 HRK
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler23,700 HRK
Energy Engineer28,300 HRK
Engine Assembler17,900 HRK
Engineer24,700 HRK
Engineering Account Manager22,100 HRK
Engineering Chief Designer24,800 HRK
Engineering Consultant26,400 HRK
Engineering Key Account Manager27,300 HRK
Engineering Lab Technician20,500 HRK
Engineering Planning Manager28,500 HRK
Engineering Production Manager30,200 HRK
Engineering Project Analyst27,200 HRK
Engineering Project Coordinator 24,200 HRK
Engineering Project Director28,600 HRK
Engineering Project Manager30,300 HRK
Engineering Research and Development Manager30,300 HRK
Engineering Safety Coordinator21,900 HRK
Engineering Sales Manager29,600 HRK
Engineering Technician22,200 HRK
Engineering Technologist21,700 HRK
Environmental Engineer25,000 HRK
Equipment Engineer21,900 HRK
Equipment Engineering Manager28,100 HRK
Estimator23,600 HRK
Fabrication Specialist21,400 HRK
Fabricator17,800 HRK
Facade Engineer26,100 HRK
Fiber Analyst19,700 HRK
Field Engineer22,100 HRK
Field Engineering Manager30,700 HRK
Fire Engineer24,300 HRK
Fitter and Turner13,300 HRK
Forestry Strategic Planner26,900 HRK
Generation Engineer28,900 HRK
Genetic Engineer30,900 HRK
Geological Engineer27,500 HRK
Geotechnical Engineer26,100 HRK
Heavy Equipment Mechanic18,600 HRK
Highway Engineer22,500 HRK
HSE Professional20,800 HRK
HVAC Engineer24,100 HRK
HVAC Supervisor24,000 HRK
Industrial Engineer23,700 HRK
Industrial Engineering Technologist24,000 HRK
Instrument Engineer25,300 HRK
Instrumentation and Control Engineer25,700 HRK
Instrumentation Engineer26,500 HRK
Instrumentation Manager29,900 HRK
Irrigation Engineer22,700 HRK
Licensed Aircraft Engineer25,600 HRK
Locomotive Engineer22,900 HRK
Maintenance Engineer23,600 HRK
Maintenance Fitter16,000 HRK
Maintenance Manager28,100 HRK
Manufacturing Engineer25,800 HRK
Marine Engineer23,100 HRK
Materials Engineer23,000 HRK
Materials Researcher25,900 HRK
Materials Technician22,100 HRK
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer25,400 HRK
Mechanical Design Engineer26,700 HRK
Mechanical Designer22,200 HRK
Mechanical Engineer24,500 HRK
Mechanical Engineering Manager30,200 HRK
Mechanical Inspector23,200 HRK
Mechatronics Engineer23,200 HRK
Mining Engineer22,000 HRK
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer27,400 HRK
Optical Engineer22,900 HRK
Optical Instrument Assembler19,600 HRK
PCB Assembler17,500 HRK
Photonics Engineer27,600 HRK
Photonics Technician21,400 HRK
Pipeline Engineer22,700 HRK
Piping Designer21,200 HRK
Piping Engineer22,900 HRK
Planning Engineer23,100 HRK
Pressure Vessel Inspector16,000 HRK
Principal Cost Engineer25,500 HRK
Principal Engineer25,000 HRK
Principal Support Engineer23,100 HRK
Process Engineer22,700 HRK
Process Operator21,000 HRK
Product Development Engineer26,300 HRK
Product Development Technician20,400 HRK
Product Engineer22,500 HRK
Product Safety Engineer24,400 HRK
Production Engineer25,100 HRK
Project Engineer25,500 HRK
Proposal Manager29,300 HRK
Purchasing Engineer23,900 HRK
Quality Assurance Engineer22,700 HRK
Rail Engineer24,000 HRK
Robotics Engineer28,800 HRK
Robotics Technician22,600 HRK
Safety Engineer22,600 HRK
Safety Inspector20,800 HRK
Safety Manager26,400 HRK
Safety Officer19,400 HRK
Sales Engineer22,900 HRK
Scheduling Engineer21,400 HRK
Service Engineer25,200 HRK
Solar Engineer24,400 HRK
Staff Engineer22,100 HRK
Static Equipment Engineer22,000 HRK
Stationary Engineer22,800 HRK
Stress Engineer22,400 HRK
Structural Analysis Engineer23,600 HRK
Structural Designer20,700 HRK
Structural Engineer25,300 HRK
Structural Technician20,000 HRK
Supply Chain Specialist26,100 HRK
Surveyor18,400 HRK
Technical Affairs Officer18,700 HRK
Technical Assistant20,600 HRK
Technical Engineer20,400 HRK
Technical Support Engineer20,700 HRK
Tender Engineer22,200 HRK
Test Development Engineer22,500 HRK
Transportation Engineer25,500 HRK
Validation Engineer23,200 HRK
Verification Engineer22,700 HRK
Wastewater Engineer22,500 HRK
Wind Energy Engineer24,600 HRK
Wind Energy Operations Manager30,000 HRK
Work Planner18,400 HRK

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Croatia

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Croatia range from 13,200 HRK per month (minimum average salary) to 31,700 HRK per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,800 HRK per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 25,800 HRK while the other half are earning more than 25,800 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

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 17,600 HRK while 75% of them are earning more than 17,600 HRK. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 31,100 HRK while 25% are earning more than 31,100 HRK.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 134,000 Croatian Kuna(s) to 403,000 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Croatia Engineering
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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 earn 10% more than their female counterparts.

22,700 HRK
25,100 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Croatia for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Croatia

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


Engineering professionals in Croatia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Croatia Engineering
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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.

Croatia / All Professions

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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 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Croatia for the year 2019. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Croatia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Croatia Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

44% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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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.

Private Sector
25,600 HRK
Public Sector+10%
28,100 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Croatia

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Croatia Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
20,700 HRK
Average Salary 2017+4%
21,400 HRK
Average Salary 2018+4%
22,200 HRK
Average Salary 2019+4%
23,000 HRK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in Croatia are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Croatia

140 HRK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Croatia is 140 HRK. This means that the average person in Croatia earns approximately 140 HRK 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Croatia
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Zadar25,000 HRK
Zagreb26,600 HRK
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