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Average Salary in Estonia 2023

How much money does a person working in Estonia make?

Average Monthly Salary
2,740 EUR
( 32,800 EUR yearly)


A person working in Estonia typically earns around 2,740 EUR per month. Salaries range from 690 EUR (lowest average) to 12,200 EUR (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 Estonia

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,300 EUR or more
10% of people earn
4,150 to 5,300 EUR
20% of people earn
1,610 EUR or less
65% of people earn
1,610 to 4,150 EUR
Minimum Salary
690 EUR
2,430 EUR
12,200 EUR

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

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Estonia range from 690 EUR per month (starting salary) to 12,200 EUR 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 2,430 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 2,430 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,430 EUR. 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 1,760 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,760 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 3,690 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,690 EUR.

  • 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 1,610 EUR to 4,150 EUR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 1,610 EUR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 4,150 EUR to 5,300 EUR. Only 5% of people grossed 5,300 EUR 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 Estonia costs anywhere from 13,700 Euro(s) to 41,000 Euro(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 Estonia earn 4% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

2,790 EUR
2,680 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Estonia

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


Employees in Estonia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 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 Estonia is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Estonia 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

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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 Estonia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Estonia
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49% of surveyed staff in Estonia reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Estonia

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

Average Salary 2019
2,490 EUR
Average Salary 2020+3%
2,560 EUR
Average Salary 2021+2%
2,610 EUR
Average Salary 2022+3%
2,690 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Estonia are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 3% 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
Accountant1,870 EUR
Accounting Assistant1,410 EUR
Accounting Manager4,070 EUR
Bookkeeper1,210 EUR
Chartered Accountant2,360 EUR
Corporate Treasurer3,680 EUR
Financial Analyst3,520 EUR
Financial Manager5,420 EUR
Internal Auditor2,620 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant1,450 EUR
Office Manager2,360 EUR
Receptionist1,010 EUR
Secretary1,190 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director2,660 EUR
Creative Director2,590 EUR
Graphic Designer1,720 EUR
Photographer1,420 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer3,280 EUR
Air Traffic Controller3,020 EUR
Flight Attendant1,750 EUR
Pilot4,550 EUR

Architect3,190 EUR
CAD Drafter1,320 EUR

Mechanic960 EUR
Service Advisor1,840 EUR

Bank Branch Manager5,020 EUR
Teller1,020 EUR

Teacher2,060 EUR
Translator2,360 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst3,180 EUR
Business Development Manager4,120 EUR
Project Manager3,050 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny1,060 EUR
Nursery Teacher990 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer2,340 EUR
Construction Project Manager4,410 EUR
Health and Safety Officer1,160 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative970 EUR
Customer Service Manager3,520 EUR
Customer Service Representative1,050 EUR

Electrical Engineer2,500 EUR
Engineer2,500 EUR
Mechanical Engineer2,570 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer5,770 EUR
Chief Financial Officer5,290 EUR
General Manager4,560 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,610 EUR
Executive Chef1,930 EUR
Hotel Manager4,750 EUR
Travel Agent1,740 EUR
Waiter / Waitress850 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist6,220 EUR
Dietitian5,060 EUR
Laboratory Technician2,040 EUR
Nurse2,020 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager4,070 EUR
Human Resources Officer1,580 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician2,000 EUR
Database Administrator2,720 EUR
Developer / Programmer2,580 EUR
Information Technology Manager4,370 EUR
Network Engineer2,320 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,640 EUR

Attorney5,380 EUR
Legal Assistant1,400 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist2,950 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer2,330 EUR
Pharmacist3,310 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,040 EUR
Sales Manager4,520 EUR
Sales Representative1,650 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher1,770 EUR
Secondary School Teacher2,110 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Estonia

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Estonia is 16 EUR. This means that the average person in Estonia earns approximately 16 EUR 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 Estonia is 4 EUR. 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
Tallinn2,870 EUR

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 Estonia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,660 EUR
Public Sector+5%
2,800 EUR
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 Estonia?

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 Estonia would range anywhere between 2,430 EUR and 3,690 EUR.

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 Estonia is ranges from 1,760 EUR to 3,690 EUR. 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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