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 2022.

Minimum salary in Bulgaria

According to the official information of the local government, the minimum wage in Bulgaria in 2022 is 710 Bulgarian lev per month, which is equivalent to 395 dollars. Compared to last year, the rate has increased by 60 lev (8.5%). Inflation in 2021 was 7.8%, 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 250 lev – from 460 lev in 2017 to 710 lev in 2022. Nevertheless, today Bulgarian workers still earn the least in the European Union. For example, in neighboring Romania, the minimum wage is 2,550 Romanian leu per month (585 dollars). And in Luxembourg, they earn at least 2,256.95 euros ($2,435).

Average salary in Bulgaria

According to official data from the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, the average salary in Bulgaria in 2022 is 1,612 lev per month, which corresponds to 900 dollars. In the public sector, Bulgarian specialists earn about 1,775 lev, while in the private sector they earn about 1,558 lev.

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of economy Lev per month Dollars per month
Information and communication 3,856 2,155
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 2,383 1,330
Financial and insurance activity 2,377 1,325
Mining and quarrying 2,230 1,245
Professional, scientific and technical activity 2,182 1,220
Public administration and defence 1,929 1,075
Health care and social work 1,909 1,065
Education 1,863 1,040
Real estate operations 1,382 770
Art, entertainment and leisure 1,351 755
Wholesale and retail trade 1,350 755
Manufacturing 1,334 745
Administrative and support services 1,298 725
Transportation and storage 1,295 725
Construction 1,215 680
Water supply, sewerage and waste management 1,198 670
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 1,122 625
Accommodation and food 935 520
Other services 1,044 585

The highest average salaries in Bulgaria are recorded in information technology and communication (3,856 lev), and the lowest in accommodation and food (935 lev). In addition, higher salaries can be expected in the Southwestern region of Bulgaria (1,996 lev), and the lowest are paid in the Northwestern region (1,133 lev).

AVERAGE SALARY IN BULGARIA BY REGION

Region (city) Lev per month Dollars per month
South-West region: 1,996 1,115
Blagoevgrad 1,073 600
Kyustendil 1,060 590
Pernik 1,253 700
Sofia 1,476 825
Sofia (capital) 2,192 1,225
North-East region: 1,398 780
Varna 1,478 825
Dobrich 1,256 700
Targovishte 1,319 735
Shumen 1,298 725
South-Eastern region: 1,337 745
Burgas 1,299 725
Sliven 1,187 665
Stara Zagora 1,442 805
Yambol 1,313 735
South Central region: 1,310 735
Kardzhali 1,205 675
Pazardjik 1,298 725
Plovdiv 1,394 780
Smolyan 1,129 630
Haskovo 1,125 630
North-Central region: 1,266 705
Veliko Tarnovo 1,191 665
Gabrovo 1,323 740
Razgrad 1,270 710
Ruse 1,326 740
Silistra 1,210 675
North-West region: 1,289 720
Vidin 1,068 595
Vratsa 1,527 855
Lovech 1,278 715
Montana 1,194 665
Pleven 1,249 695

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 4-5% and the income tax rate in 2022 is 10%, which is the lowest in the European Union.

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