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Engineering Average Salaries in Bulgaria 2024

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,800 BGN
( 33,600 BGN 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 Engineering in Bulgaria typically earns around 2,800 BGN. Salaries range from 890 BGN (lowest average) to 5,900 BGN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in Bulgaria exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Printing Engineer2,590 BGN
Acoustics Engineer2,820 BGN
Assembly Engineering Technician2,270 BGN
Assistant Chief Engineer3,410 BGN
Associate Engineer2,740 BGN
AutoCAD Drafter1,760 BGN
Autocad Operator1,850 BGN
Automation Engineer3,030 BGN
Automation Engineer3,180 BGN
Avionic System Support Engineer2,880 BGN
Biochemical Engineer2,680 BGN
BMS Engineer2,710 BGN
Bridge and Lock Tender1,650 BGN
Broadcast Engineer2,760 BGN
CAD Design Engineer2,990 BGN
CAD Designer1,870 BGN
CAE Engineer3,030 BGN
Ceramics Engineer2,610 BGN
Chemical Engineer2,990 BGN
Civil Drafter1,890 BGN
Civil Engineer3,040 BGN
Civil Site Engineer2,930 BGN
Civil Technician1,790 BGN
Cognitive Engineer2,770 BGN
Commissioning Engineer2,930 BGN
Communications Engineer3,150 BGN
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,630 BGN
Contract Associate Engineer2,720 BGN
Contract Engineer2,820 BGN
Control Systems Engineer3,000 BGN
Controls Engineer2,820 BGN
Controls Software Engineer2,520 BGN
Corrosion Engineer2,700 BGN
Design Engineer3,120 BGN
Director of Engineering6,010 BGN
Drafter1,780 BGN
Drafting Manager3,380 BGN
Drilling Engineer2,770 BGN
Drilling Foreman890 BGN
Electrical Draughtsman1,530 BGN
Electrical Engineer3,240 BGN
Electrical Engineering Manager4,380 BGN
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist3,110 BGN
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,570 BGN
Energy Engineer3,170 BGN
Engine Assembler1,380 BGN
Engineer3,010 BGN
Engineering Account Manager3,430 BGN
Engineering Chief Designer3,220 BGN
Engineering Consultant4,030 BGN
Engineering Key Account Manager4,040 BGN
Engineering Lab Technician2,850 BGN
Engineering Manager4,020 BGN
Engineering Planning Manager4,020 BGN
Engineering Production Manager5,470 BGN
Engineering Project Analyst3,500 BGN
Engineering Project Coordinator 3,590 BGN
Engineering Project Director6,050 BGN
Engineering Project Leader3,710 BGN
Engineering Project Manager4,130 BGN
Engineering Research and Development Manager4,950 BGN
Engineering Safety Coordinator2,380 BGN
Engineering Sales Manager4,150 BGN
Engineering Technician2,290 BGN
Engineering Technologist2,410 BGN
Environmental Engineer2,890 BGN
Equipment Engineer2,780 BGN
Equipment Engineering Manager3,750 BGN
Estimator2,470 BGN
Fabrication Specialist2,040 BGN
Fabricator1,360 BGN
Facade Engineer2,830 BGN
Fiber Analyst1,640 BGN
Field Engineer3,060 BGN
Field Engineering Manager5,140 BGN
Fire Engineer2,960 BGN
Fitter and Turner980 BGN
Forestry Strategic Planner3,530 BGN
Generation Engineer3,050 BGN
Genetic Engineer3,290 BGN
Geological Engineer3,010 BGN
Geotechnical Engineer3,030 BGN
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,540 BGN
Highway Engineer2,930 BGN
HSE Professional2,800 BGN
Human Machine Interface Engineer2,600 BGN
HVAC Engineer3,240 BGN
HVAC Supervisor2,830 BGN
Industrial Engineer2,740 BGN
Industrial Engineering Technologist2,860 BGN
Instrument Engineer2,930 BGN
Instrument Technician1,690 BGN
Instrumentation and Control Engineer2,850 BGN
Instrumentation Designer2,520 BGN
Instrumentation Engineer2,830 BGN
Instrumentation Manager3,050 BGN
Irrigation Engineer2,860 BGN
Licensed Aircraft Engineer3,100 BGN
Locomotive Engineer2,810 BGN
Maintenance Engineer2,850 BGN
Maintenance Fitter1,020 BGN
Maintenance Manager3,060 BGN
Manufacturing Engineer2,730 BGN
Marine Engineer2,950 BGN
Materials Engineer2,970 BGN
Materials Researcher2,880 BGN
Materials Technician2,140 BGN
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer3,030 BGN
Mechanical Design Engineer3,170 BGN
Mechanical Designer2,650 BGN
Mechanical Engineer3,020 BGN
Mechanical Engineering Manager4,110 BGN
Mechanical Inspector2,790 BGN
Mechatronics Engineer3,190 BGN
Mining Engineer2,880 BGN
Nanotechnology Engineer3,130 BGN
Natural Language Processing Engineer3,140 BGN
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer3,090 BGN
Optical Engineer2,860 BGN
Optical Instrument Assembler1,540 BGN
PCB Assembler1,090 BGN
Photonics Engineer3,320 BGN
Photonics Technician2,530 BGN
Pipeline Engineer2,820 BGN
Piping Designer1,560 BGN
Piping Engineer2,720 BGN
Planning Engineer3,010 BGN
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,470 BGN
Principal Cost Engineer2,880 BGN
Principal Engineer3,000 BGN
Principal Support Engineer3,100 BGN
Process Engineer2,900 BGN
Process Operator1,680 BGN
Product Development Engineer3,150 BGN
Product Development Technician2,070 BGN
Product Engineer2,940 BGN
Product Safety Engineer2,840 BGN
Production Engineer2,960 BGN
Project Engineer3,090 BGN
Proposal Manager3,710 BGN
Purchasing Engineer2,780 BGN
Quality Assurance Engineer2,990 BGN
Rail Engineer2,840 BGN
Regional Field Engineer3,150 BGN
Remote Sensing Engineer2,960 BGN
Robotics Engineer3,450 BGN
Robotics Technician2,340 BGN
Safety Engineer2,920 BGN
Safety Inspector2,340 BGN
Safety Manager3,440 BGN
Safety Officer1,550 BGN
Sales Engineer3,180 BGN
Scheduling Engineer2,750 BGN
Security Engineer3,260 BGN
Service Engineer3,130 BGN
Smart Home Engineer3,260 BGN
Solar Engineer3,200 BGN
Staff Engineer2,910 BGN
Static Equipment Engineer2,770 BGN
Stationary Engineer2,650 BGN
Stress Engineer2,630 BGN
Structural Analysis Engineer2,870 BGN
Structural Designer2,550 BGN
Structural Engineer2,970 BGN
Structural Technician1,820 BGN
Subsea Engineer3,590 BGN
Supply Chain Specialist2,840 BGN
Surveyor2,180 BGN
Technical Affairs Officer1,510 BGN
Technical Assistant1,500 BGN
Technical Engineer2,500 BGN
Technical Support Engineer2,630 BGN
Tender Engineer2,630 BGN
Test Development Engineer2,970 BGN
Test Engineer2,980 BGN
Transportation Engineer2,860 BGN
Urban Engineer2,880 BGN
Validation Engineer2,680 BGN
Verification Engineer2,740 BGN
Wastewater Engineer2,930 BGN
Wind Energy Engineer3,120 BGN
Wind Energy Operations Manager3,820 BGN
Wireless Engineer3,330 BGN
Work Planner1,990 BGN

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Bulgaria

Median and salary distribution Bulgaria Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
2,920 BGN or more
10% of people earn
2,410 to 2,920 BGN
20% of people earn
1,300 BGN or less
65% of people earn
1,300 to 2,410 BGN
Minimum Salary
890 BGN
2,540 BGN
5,900 BGN

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 Engineering in Bulgaria range from 890 BGN (starting average salary) to 5,900 BGN (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Engineering is 2,540 BGN, implying that half of the workforce in Bulgaria earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in Bulgaria earn less than 1,900 BGN, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 3,140 BGN, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in Bulgaria. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 1,300 BGN to 2,410 BGN. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 1,300 BGN mark, while 10% ranged from 2,410 BGN to 2,920 BGN. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 2,920 BGN or higher.

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 in Engineering in Bulgaria 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.

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.

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.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in Bulgaria, below are our findings.

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 certificate 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 Bulgaria costs anywhere from 16,600 BGN to 49,700 BGN and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Engineering / Bulgaria

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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 the field of Engineering in Bulgaria, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6%.

2,880 BGN
2,710 BGN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Bulgaria for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Engineering / Bulgaria

How much are annual salary increments in Bulgaria for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering in Bulgaria are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 20 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.

Bulgaria / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Bulgaria
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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 Bulgaria is 4%.

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 / Engineering / Bulgaria

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Bulgaria Engineering
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49% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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.

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.

Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Bulgaria

16 BGN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Bulgaria is 16 BGN.This is the rate they get 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 people working in Engineering in Bulgaria is 5 BGN. 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
Burgas2,920 BGN
Plovdiv3,150 BGN
Rousse2,860 BGN
Sofia3,270 BGN
Stara Zagora2,750 BGN
Varna3,040 BGN

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 Bulgaria is 9% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
3,140 BGN
Public Sector+9%
3,440 BGN
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 Engineering in Bulgaria?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 2,540 BGN and 3,140 BGN. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

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 for jobs in Engineering in Bulgaria ranges from 890 BGN to 1,900 BGN. The base salary depends on many factors including 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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