Salary Survey in Europe

2019 | 06 | 21 4855

Salary is a key factor attracting labor migrants to Europe. But even in countries that are members of the European Union, the level of wages and the quality of life are significantly different. How much can you really earn abroad - we will tell in our review.

The average salary in Europe

In 2018–2019, taking into account taxes, the average salary in euros was:

  • 2324 in Austria;
  • 495 in Bulgaria;
  • 855 in Croatia;
  • 990 - in the Czech Republic;
  • 1155 in Estonia;
  • 894 - in Greece;
  • 747 in Hungary;
  • 791 - in Latvia;
  • 803 - in Lithuania;
  • 807 - in Poland;
  • 1128 - in Slovenia.

As you can see, the difference in incomes among citizens of European countries is quite substantial, but the level of expenses for housing, food, services is also different. When planning relocation or labor migration, be sure to consider this factor. If you add up the cost of living, food, maintenance of the family, then you can calculate what the minimum income you should have to cover them and live comfortably.

The average wage is calculated taking into account the lowest and highest wages. Most of the migrants get a job that does not require high qualifications, and hence the wages they have appropriate.

Minimum wages in Europe

On specialized exchanges, you can always compare salaries in different positions in different countries. But you definitely will not receive less than the minimum wage. Here are some data as of January 1, 2019:

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This rating will allow you to navigate the European labor market and match your needs with real income opportunities. Most often in Europe in many positions there is a fixed price that an employee receives per hour. Even if you plan to work every day, include in your calculations time to rest.

Salaries in Europe by position

Some positions in EU countries are considered higher paying. For example, doctors abroad receive many times more than our compatriots. If you are looking for a job in accordance with your qualifications, are ready to make an effort to confirm it abroad, you can roughly find out how much you can receive:

In Austria, doctors are paid about 3000 €, to programmers - 2000 €.
In Germany, a turner and a public transport driver can earn up to 3 thousand euros.
In the Netherlands, the work of teachers is estimated at 1.5 thousand €, while doctors, for example, dentists - more than 3 thousand.
In Portugal, unskilled workers can receive up to 1000 euros, doctors and engineers - up to 2000.
In the Czech Republic, teachers receive about € 1,200, builders a little more - up to 1.5 thousand.

Naturally, not only the level of the economy in the country and the amount of taxes, but also the employer can influence the salary. It doesn’t matter if you are planning to work in a state structure or in a private one, try to protect yourself from fraudsters during the employment phase. Search for vacancies only on trusted sites and contact a reputable agency. Then the earnings in Europe will not turn into a disappointment for you.

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