MINIMUM AND AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA

Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe. It is washed by the waters of the Black Sea. It borders with Greece and Turkey in the south, with Serbia and Northern Macedonia in the west, and with Romania in the north. It has been a member of the European Union since January 1, 2007, but still lags noticeably behind other members of this association in terms of salaries and quality of life in general.

Salary in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a population of about 6.9 million people. Despite some problems in the economy, living in this country is quite comfortable. Bulgaria has reasonable prices for real estate, food and basic services, as well as a favorable climate, well-groomed Black Sea beaches and friendly residents. Let's find out what salaries in Bulgaria in 2021.

Minimum salary in Bulgaria

According to the official information of the local government, the minimum wage in Bulgaria in 2021 is 650 Bulgarian lev per month, which is equivalent to 400 dollars. Compared to last year, the rate has increased by 40 lev (6.6%). Inflation in 2020 was 0.1%, so the purchasing power of local workers increased.

Note. The hourly minimum wage rate in Bulgaria is 3.92 lev (2 dollars).

Over the last 5 years, the monthly minimum wage in Bulgaria has increased by 230 lev – from 420 lev in 2016 to 650 lev in 2021. Nevertheless, today Bulgarian workers still earn the least in the European Union. For example, in neighboring Romania, the minimum wage is 2,300 Romanian leu per month (560 dollars). And in Luxembourg, they earn at least 2,201.93 euros ($2,640).

Average salary in Bulgaria

According to official data from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, the average salary in Bulgaria in 2021 is 1,437 lev per month, which corresponds to 880 dollars. In the public sector, Bulgarian specialists earn about 1,551 lev, while in the private sector they earn about 1,399 lev.

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of economy Lev per month Dollars per month
Information and communication 3,346 2,050
Financial and insurance activity 2,250 1,380
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 2,196 1,345
Professional, scientific and technical activity 1,936 1,185
Extraction of mineral resources 1,913 1,170
Public administration and protection 1,741 1,065
Education 1,619 990
Health care and social work 1,606 985
Real estate operations 1,457 890
Wholesale and retail trade 1,247 765
Manufacturing 1,238 760
Transportation and storage 1,206 740
Water supply, sewerage and waste management 1,121 685
Administrative and support services 1,096 670
Art, entertainment and leisure 1,094 670
Construction 1,085 665
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 986 605
Accommodation and food 787 480
Other services 948 580

The highest average salaries in Bulgaria are in the field of information technology and communication (3,346 lev), and the lowest in the field of living and catering (787 lev). Moreover, higher salaries can be expected in the South-Western region of Bulgaria (1,785 lev), while the lowest salaries are in the North-Western region (1,133 lev).

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY REGION

Region (city) Lev per month Dollars per month
South-West region: 1,785 1,095
Blagoevgrad 948 580
Kyustendil 1,008 615
Pernik 1,025 630
Sofia 1,330 815
Sofia (capital) 1,959 1,200
North-East region: 1,228 750
Varna 1,302 800
Dobrich 1,101 675
Targovishte 1,139 700
Shumen 1,142 700
South-Eastern region: 1,183 725
Burgas 1,170 715
Sliven 1,084 665
Stara Zagora 1,253 765
Yambol 1,126 690
South Central region: 1,187 725
Kardzhali 1,191 730
Pazardjik 1,157 710
Plovdiv 1,247 765
Smolyan 1,007 615
Haskovo 1,071 655
North-Central region: 1,150 705
Veliko Tarnovo 1,090 670
Gabrovo 1,209 740
Razgrad 1,227 750
Ruse 1,185 725
Silistra 1,023 625
North-West region: 1,133 695
Vidin 964 590
Vratsa 1,360 835
Lovech 1,119 685
Montana 1,103 675
Pleven 1,055 645

Note. Information on average salaries by region and sector is based on official (actual) data from the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria.

In conclusion, the unemployment rate in Bulgaria is about 6-7% and the income tax rate in 2021 is 10%, which is the lowest in the European Union.

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