MINIMUM AND AVERAGE SALARY IN POLAND

Poland is located in Eastern Europe on the Baltic Sea coast. It borders Germany to the west, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to the south, Russia to the north, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine to the east. It is a beautiful state with ancient history, rich cultural heritage, and many interesting sights, including architectural monuments and museums.

Salary in Poland

The population of Poland is about 37.8 million people. The overwhelming majority of local residents are ethnic Poles. Since 2004, the state is part of the European Union and has a strong economy. All this makes the Polish labour market attractive for workers from abroad. Let's find out what salaries in Poland in 2020.

Minimum salary in Poland

The minimum wage in Poland is set by the local government. The rate is revised annually in accordance with the Wage Act of 10 October 2002 and is announced by the Prime Minister until 15 September each year. Polish employers may not underestimate the minimum wage for their employees. The law provides for fines of up to 7,000 euros.

The official minimum wage in Poland from January 1, 2020 is 2,600 PLN per month, which is equivalent to 615 US dollars. After payment of taxes it remains around 1,900 PLN (450 USD). Compared to last year, the rate has increased by 350 PLN or 15.6% (2,250 PLN in 2019). The hourly minimum wage rate in Poland is 17 PLN (gross) and 12.85 PLN (net).

According to the Polish Minister for Family, Labour and Social Policy, about 1.5 million workers in Poland receive income at the minimum level. At the same time, the labor force in the country consists of about 17.5 million people. Over the past 10 years, the monthly minimum wage in Poland has almost doubled – from 1,317 PLN in 2010 to 2,600 PLN in 2020.

Average salary in Poland

According to official data from the Polish Central Statistical Office, before taxes, the average salary in Poland in 2020 is 5,331.47 PLN per month, which corresponds to 1,265 dollars. After all mandatory deductions, the Polish employee has 3,847.48 PLN or 915 dollars at his disposal.

AVERAGE SALARY IN POLAND BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of economy Zloty per month Dollars per month
Information and communication 8,790.32 2,085
Mining 8,455.94 2,005
Financial and insurance activity 8,236.86 1,955
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 7,823.10 1,855
Professional, scientific and technical activity 7,253.83 1,720
Public administration and defense 5,977.74 1,420
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 5,603.19 1,330
Real estate operations 5,338.91 1,265
Construction 5,215.04 1,240
Health care and social work 4,947.76 1,175
Production 4,940.06 1,170
Education 4,878.23 1,160
Wholesale and retail 4,825.60 1,145
Water supply, sewerage and waste management 4,707.99 1,120
Transportation and storage 4,639.13 1,100
Administrative and support services 3,789.30 900
Accommodation and meals 3,761.31 895

In the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year, the average monthly salary in Poland increased by 3.2% in the sector "Fishing, Agriculture and Forestry" and by 11.4% in the sector "Administrative and Support Services", which led to an increase in the total average salary in Poland by 7%.

AVERAGE SALARY IN POLAND BY REGION

Voivodeship Zloty per month Dollars per month
Lower Silesian (Wrocław) 5,670.27 1,345
Silesian (Katowice) 5,574.69 1,325
Lesser Poland (Krakow) 5,472.65 1,300
Pomeranian (Gdansk) 5,458.61 1,295
Lodz (Lodz) 5,188.31 1,230
West Pomeranian (Szczecin) 5,053.65 1,200
Masovian (Warsaw) 5,013.66 1,190
Greater Poland (Poznan) 4,990.72 1,185
Opolskoe (Opole) 4,943.94 1,175
Podlaskie (Bialystok) 4,886.70 1,160
Lubusz (Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra) 4,825.60 1,145
Lublin (Lublin) 4,801.72 1,140
Holy Cross (Kielce) 4,780.91 1,135
Subcarpathian (Rzeszow) 4,618.04 1,095
Warmian-Masurian (Olsztyn) 4,574.70 1,085

Note. Information on average wages in Poland by sector and region is based on the current official data from the Polish Central Statistical Office.

In conclusion, we note that the unemployment rate in Poland is about 5.5%, and the income tax rate in 2020 ranges from 18% (income up to 85,528 PLN per year) to 32% (income over 85,528 PLN per year).

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