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Average Salary in Brazil 2023

How much money does a person working in Brazil make?


Average Monthly Salary
8,590 BRL
( 103,000 BRL yearly)

LOW
2,170
BRL
AVERAGE
8,590
BRL
HIGH
38,200
BRL
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 Brazil typically earns around 8,590 BRL. Salaries range from 2,170 BRL (lowest average) to 38,200 BRL (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).


Salary Variance

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

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

5% of people earn
16,300 BRL or more
10% of people earn
12,700 to 16,300 BRL
20% of people earn
4,950 BRL or less
65% of people earn
4,950 to 12,700 BRL
Minimum Salary
2,170 BRL
Median
7,480 BRL
Maximum
38,200 BRL




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 Brazil range from 2,170 BRL (starting salary) to 38,200 BRL (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 7,480 BRL, which means that 50% of the population in Brazil 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 Brazil earn less than 5,400 BRL while 75% of them earn more. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population earn less than 11,300 BRL 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 Brazil. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 4,950 BRL to 12,700 BRL. Approximately 20% fall under the 4,950 BRL cap. Ten percent of wages are from 12,700 BRL to 16,300 BRL. Only 5% of people grossed 16,300 BRL 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 Brazil, 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 Brazil 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 Brazil is a substantial financial commitment, with tuition fees ranging from 43,000 BRL to 129,000 BRL 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 / Brazil

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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 Brazil, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 10% across all career fields.

Male
9,070 BRL
Female-9%
8,270 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value


Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Brazil

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

Brazil

Employees in Brazil are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Brazil
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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 Brazil is 7%.

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 Brazil

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Brazil
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49% of surveyed staff in Brazil 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 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
51%
No Bonus
49%

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

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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
Accountant5,920 BRL
Accounting Assistant4,770 BRL
Accounting Manager12,700 BRL
Bookkeeper3,990 BRL
Chartered Accountant7,570 BRL
Corporate Treasurer11,900 BRL
Financial Analyst11,500 BRL
Financial Manager16,500 BRL
Internal Auditor8,440 BRL

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant4,730 BRL
Office Manager7,770 BRL
Receptionist4,240 BRL
Secretary3,710 BRL

Advertising / Graphic Design / Events
Art Director8,670 BRL
Creative Director8,750 BRL
Graphic Designer5,300 BRL
Photographer4,950 BRL

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer11,200 BRL
Air Traffic Controller9,870 BRL
Flight Attendant5,980 BRL
Pilot14,200 BRL

Architecture
Architect10,700 BRL
CAD Drafter4,200 BRL

Automotive
Mechanic3,320 BRL
Service Advisor5,860 BRL

Banking
Bank Branch Manager15,000 BRL
Teller3,350 BRL

Bilingual
Teacher6,870 BRL
Translator7,570 BRL

Business Planning
Business Analyst10,600 BRL
Business Development Manager13,900 BRL
Project Manager10,500 BRL

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny3,460 BRL
Nursery Teacher3,280 BRL

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer7,740 BRL
Construction Project Manager14,600 BRL
Health and Safety Officer3,710 BRL

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative3,280 BRL
Customer Service Manager11,500 BRL
Customer Service Representative3,280 BRL

Engineering
Civil Engineer8,170 BRL
Electrical Engineer8,620 BRL
Engineer7,960 BRL
Mechanical Engineer8,440 BRL

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer19,900 BRL
Chief Financial Officer18,500 BRL
General Manager14,900 BRL
Project Manager10,000 BRL

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef5,130 BRL
Executive Chef6,300 BRL
Hotel Manager15,600 BRL
Receptionist3,380 BRL
Travel Agent5,620 BRL
Waiter / Waitress2,620 BRL

Health and Medical
Dentist20,000 BRL
Dietitian16,700 BRL
Laboratory Technician6,700 BRL
Nurse6,760 BRL

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager12,700 BRL
Human Resources Officer5,200 BRL

Information Technology
Computer Technician6,740 BRL
Database Administrator8,900 BRL
Developer / Programmer8,790 BRL
Information Technology Manager14,200 BRL
Network Engineer7,480 BRL

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer5,040 BRL

Legal
Attorney17,600 BRL
Legal Assistant4,410 BRL

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist9,950 BRL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer7,440 BRL
Pharmacist11,500 BRL

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier3,320 BRL
Sales Manager14,500 BRL
Sales Representative5,630 BRL

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher6,020 BRL
Secondary School Teacher7,320 BRL

Average Hourly Wage in Brazil


50 BRL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) for all employees in Brazil is 50 BRL.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 Brazil is 12 BRL. 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
Aracaju8,600 BRL
Belem9,300 BRL
Belo Horizonte9,580 BRL
Brasilia9,900 BRL
Campinas9,030 BRL
Cuiaba8,490 BRL
Curitiba9,460 BRL
Fortaleza9,710 BRL
Goiania9,220 BRL
Joao Pessoa8,660 BRL
Londrina8,420 BRL
Macapa8,360 BRL
Maceio8,920 BRL
Manaus9,590 BRL
Maringa8,070 BRL
Natal8,810 BRL
Petrolina and Juazeiro7,870 BRL
Porto Alegre9,060 BRL
Recife9,350 BRL
Rio de Janeiro9,930 BRL
Salvador9,780 BRL
Santos8,080 BRL
Sao Luis9,000 BRL
Sao Paulo10,000 BRL
Teresina8,740 BRL
Vale do Aco8,260 BRL
Vitoria7,890 BRL

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 Brazil is 6% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
8,360 BRL
Public Sector+6%
8,880 BRL
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 Brazil?

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 Brazil would range anywhere between 7,480 BRL and 11,300 BRL.

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 Brazil ranges from 2,170 BRL to 5,400 BRL. 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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