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 2020.

Minimum salary in Bulgaria

According to the official information of the local government, the minimum wage in Bulgaria in 2020 is 610 Bulgarian lev per month, which is equivalent to 340 dollars. Compared to last year, the rate has increased by 50 lev (8.9%). Inflation in 2019 was 3.8%, so the purchasing power of local workers increased.

Note. The hourly minimum wage rate in Bulgaria is 3.66 lev (2 dollars).

Over the last 5 years, the monthly minimum wage in Bulgaria has increased by 230 lev – from 380 lev in 2015 to 610 lev in 2020. Nevertheless, today Bulgarian workers still earn the least in the European Union. For example, in neighboring Romania, the minimum wage is 2,230 Romanian leu per month (500 dollars). And in Luxembourg, they earn at least 2,141.99 euros ($2,335).

Average salary in Bulgaria

According to official data from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, the average salary in Bulgaria in 2020 is 1,317 lev per month, which corresponds to 735 dollars. In the public sector, Bulgarian specialists earn about 1,339 lev, while in the private sector they earn about 1,311 lev.

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of economy Lev per month Dollars per month
Information and communication 3,236 1,805
Financial and insurance activity 2,120 1,180
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 2,031 1,130
Extraction of mineral resources 1,800 1,005
Professional, scientific and technical activity 1,847 1,030
Public administration and protection 1,495 835
Real estate operations 1,334 745
Education 1,334 745
Health care and social work 1,326 740
Transportation and storage 1,185 660
Wholesale and retail trade 1,179 655
Production 1,162 645
Art, entertainment and leisure 1,081 600
Water supply, sewerage and waste management 1,057 590
Administrative and support services 1,053 585
Construction 969 540
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 937 520
Accommodation and food 737 410
Other services 891 495

The highest average salaries in Bulgaria are in the field of information technology and communication (3,236 lev), and the lowest in the field of living and catering (737 lev). Moreover, higher salaries can be expected in the South-Western region of Bulgaria (1,642 lev), while the lowest salaries are in the North-Western region (1,025 lev).

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY REGION

Region (city) Lev per month Dollars per month
South-West region: 1,642 915
Blagoevgrad 867 485
Kyustendil 916 510
Pernik 960 535
Sofia 1,249 695
Sofia (capital) 1,805 1,005
North-East region: 1,126 625
Varna 1,195 665
Dobrich 1,000 555
Targovishte 1,039 580
Shumen 1,055 590
South-Eastern region: 1,092 610
Burgas 1,064 595
Sliven 994 555
Stara Zagora 1,183 660
Yambol 1,007 560
South Central region: 1,066 595
Kardzhali 1,019 570
Pazardjik 1,020 570
Plovdiv 1,129 630
Smolyan 934 520
Haskovo 955 530
North-Central region: 1,052 585
Veliko Tarnovo 1,004 560
Gabrovo 1,135 630
Section 1,120 625
Ruse 1,068 1,068 595
Silistra 912 510
North-West region: 1,025 570
Vidin 874 485
Gate 1,215 675
Catch 1,009 560
Montana 981 545
Pleven 976 545

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 2020 is 10%, which is the lowest in the European Union.

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