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Average Salary in Estonia 2020

How much money does a person working in Estonia make?


Average Monthly Salary
4,140 EUR
( 49,700 EUR yearly)

LOW
560
EUR
AVERAGE
4,140
EUR
HIGH
18,300
EUR

A person working in Estonia typically earns around 4,140 EUR per month. Salaries range from 560 EUR (lowest average) to 18,300 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.

Distribution of Salaries in Estonia

Median and salary distribution monthly Estonia
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Estonia range from 560 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 18,300 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,140 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,140 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,140 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

    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 2,110 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,110 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 11,200 EUR while 25% are earning more than 11,200 EUR.


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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 20,700 Euro(s) to 62,100 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 Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Estonia
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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.

Female
4,050 EUR
Male+4%
4,230 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Estonia
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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.

Private Sector
4,020 EUR
Public Sector+5%
4,240 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Estonia
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Average Salary 2016
3,740 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,880 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
3,970 EUR
Average Salary 2019+1%
4,030 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in Estonia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant2,740 EUR
Accounting Assistant2,550 EUR
Accounting Manager5,340 EUR
Bookkeeper2,050 EUR
Chartered Accountant3,390 EUR
Corporate Treasurer7,150 EUR
Financial Analyst4,290 EUR
Financial Manager8,210 EUR
Internal Auditor4,260 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,170 EUR
Office Manager2,800 EUR
Receptionist2,940 EUR
Secretary2,130 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director3,920 EUR
Creative Director3,980 EUR
Graphic Designer2,810 EUR
Photographer2,590 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer4,200 EUR
Air Traffic Controller4,190 EUR
Flight Attendant3,280 EUR
Pilot4,700 EUR

Architecture
Architect3,590 EUR
CAD Drafter2,910 EUR

Automotive
Mechanic2,020 EUR
Service Advisor3,140 EUR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager6,070 EUR
Teller2,750 EUR

Bilingual
Teacher3,090 EUR
Translator3,390 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst4,550 EUR
Business Development Manager5,890 EUR
Project Manager4,580 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny2,420 EUR
Nursery Teacher2,810 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer3,450 EUR
Construction Project Manager4,710 EUR
Health and Safety Officer2,470 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,660 EUR
Customer Service Manager5,130 EUR
Customer Service Representative2,930 EUR

Engineering
Electrical Engineer3,750 EUR
Engineer3,590 EUR
Mechanical Engineer3,970 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer8,660 EUR
Chief Financial Officer7,900 EUR
General Manager6,850 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef3,150 EUR
Executive Chef3,520 EUR
Hotel Manager5,840 EUR
Travel Agent3,370 EUR
Waiter / Waitress2,410 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist9,330 EUR
Dietitian8,770 EUR
Laboratory Technician3,050 EUR
Nurse3,060 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager5,600 EUR
Human Resources Officer3,220 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician2,990 EUR
Database Administrator4,080 EUR
Developer / Programmer3,480 EUR
Information Technology Manager5,720 EUR
Network Engineer3,480 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer3,220 EUR

Legal
Attorney5,950 EUR
Legal Assistant2,860 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist3,830 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer3,490 EUR
Pharmacist4,380 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,340 EUR
Sales Manager6,140 EUR
Sales Representative2,470 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher2,660 EUR
Secondary School Teacher3,170 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Estonia


24 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Estonia is 24 EUR. This means that the average person in Estonia earns approximately 24 EUR 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Tallinn4,340 EUR
10028 - 74

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