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Average Salary in Barcelona 2024

How much money does a person working in Barcelona make?

Average Monthly Salary
3,140 EUR
( 37,700 EUR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
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 salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Barcelona typically earns around 3,140 EUR. Salaries range from 960 EUR (lowest average) to 13,200 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

This is the average salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries in Barcelona 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 Barcelona

Median and salary distribution Barcelona monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
6,090 EUR or more
10% of people earn
4,820 to 6,090 EUR
20% of people earn
2,020 EUR or less
65% of people earn
2,020 to 4,820 EUR
Minimum Salary
960 EUR
2,930 EUR
13,200 EUR

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

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Barcelona range from 960 EUR (starting salary) to 13,200 EUR (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 2,930 EUR, which means that 50% of the population in Barcelona earns less than that while the other half earns more. 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 in Barcelona earn less than 2,180 EUR while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 4,310 EUR while 25% earn more than that.

  • 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 into how salaries are actually distributed in Barcelona. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 2,020 EUR to 4,820 EUR. Approximately 20% fall under the 2,020 EUR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 4,820 EUR to 6,090 EUR. Only 5% of people grossed 6,090 EUR or more.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Salary is primarily determined by the level of experience one possesses, with higher levels of experience resulting in higher wages.

In Barcelona, employees with two to five years of experience typically earn an average of 32% more than entry-level and junior workers in all industries and fields.

Individuals with more than five years of experience tend to earn an average of 36% more than those with less than five years of experience.

After ten years of work, salaries increase by 21%, with an additional 14% increase for those who have worked for over 15 years.

These figures should be used as rough estimates, as considering individual job titles can lead to more accurate assessments.

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.
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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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.

The correlation between higher education and higher salary is widely acknowledged, but how much of an income increase can one expect from obtaining a degree?

We conducted a study in Barcelona comparing the salaries of professionals with different levels of college degrees who held similar positions in various industries.

Our results showed that individuals with a certificate or diploma earned an average of 17% more than those who only completed high school.

Those who obtained a Bachelor's Degree earned 24% more than their counterparts with a certificate or diploma.

Professionals with a Master's Degree earned 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, those who held a PhD earned an average of 23% more than those with a Master's Degree while performing the same job.

Is investing in a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Is pursuing higher education worth the investment?

Earning a Master's degree or any post-graduate qualification in Spain is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 13,600 EUR to 40,900 EUR and a duration of around two years. It's important to note that during this period, any salary increases are unlikely, assuming ongoing employment. Salary reviews are typically conducted after completing the program and obtaining the degree.

Many individuals pursue advanced education as a means of transitioning to higher-paying positions, and the statistics indicate that this is an effective strategy. On average, individuals who change jobs after earning a higher degree receive a salary increase of about 10% more than the typical annual raise.

Ultimately, deciding whether or not to pursue advanced education depends on a variety of factors, including the personal situation and experience. However, if one can afford the financial costs of obtaining a higher degree, the return on investment is likely to be worthwhile, with the ability to recoup the costs in approximately a year.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Barcelona

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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? In Spain, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 4% across all career fields.

2,780 EUR
2,670 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Barcelona

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


Employees in Spain are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Spain
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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 rare 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 Spain is 6%.

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 Spain

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Spain
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100% of surveyed staff in Spain reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from % to % 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.

Salaries for popular jobs. Salaries by occupations.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant2,210 EUR
Accounting Assistant1,720 EUR
Accounting Manager4,550 EUR
Bookkeeper1,500 EUR
Chartered Accountant2,720 EUR
Corporate Treasurer4,130 EUR
Financial Analyst3,960 EUR
Financial Manager5,980 EUR
Internal Auditor3,010 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant1,770 EUR
Office Manager2,730 EUR
Receptionist1,620 EUR
Secretary1,480 EUR

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director3,040 EUR
Creative Director2,970 EUR
Graphic Designer2,050 EUR
Photographer1,720 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer3,700 EUR
Air Traffic Controller3,440 EUR
Flight Attendant2,070 EUR
Pilot5,060 EUR

Architect3,610 EUR
CAD Drafter1,620 EUR

Mechanic1,240 EUR
Service Advisor2,170 EUR

Bank Branch Manager5,560 EUR
Teller1,310 EUR

Teacher2,420 EUR
Translator2,720 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst3,590 EUR
Business Development Manager4,600 EUR
Project Manager3,720 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny1,340 EUR
Nursery Teacher1,270 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer2,870 EUR
Construction Project Manager4,900 EUR
Health and Safety Officer1,450 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative1,240 EUR
Customer Service Manager3,960 EUR
Customer Service Representative1,340 EUR

Civil Engineer2,700 EUR
Electrical Engineer2,870 EUR
Engineer2,870 EUR
Mechanical Engineer2,950 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer6,340 EUR
Chief Financial Officer5,830 EUR
General Manager5,060 EUR
Project Manager3,470 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,930 EUR
Executive Chef2,280 EUR
Hotel Manager5,270 EUR
Receptionist1,300 EUR
Travel Agent2,080 EUR
Waiter / Waitress1,120 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist6,820 EUR
Dietitian5,590 EUR
Laboratory Technician2,390 EUR
Nurse2,360 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager4,550 EUR
Human Resources Officer1,900 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician2,340 EUR
Database Administrator3,120 EUR
Developer / Programmer2,970 EUR
Information Technology Manager4,860 EUR
Network Engineer2,690 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,960 EUR

Attorney5,940 EUR
Legal Assistant1,710 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist3,350 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer2,700 EUR
Pharmacist3,730 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,340 EUR
Sales Manager5,010 EUR
Sales Representative1,960 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher2,100 EUR
Secondary School Teacher2,460 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Barcelona

18 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Barcelona is 18 EUR.This is the rate that the average individual gets paid 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 fixed 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?

The minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Barcelona is 6 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
Barcelona3,140 EUR
Bilbao2,700 EUR
Las Palmas2,750 EUR
Madrid3,200 EUR
Malaga2,920 EUR
Murcia2,870 EUR
Palma de Mallorca2,810 EUR
Sevilla3,030 EUR
Valencia3,090 EUR
Zaragoza2,980 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Spain is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
2,660 EUR
Public Sector+5%
2,780 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 Barcelona?

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 Barcelona would range anywhere between 2,930 EUR and 4,310 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 salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary in Barcelona ranges from 960 EUR to 2,180 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 with 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 the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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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