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Labor Cost in Bulgaria
Cost of Labor in Bulgaria - General Salary Levels

Compared to the salaries in the rest of the EU, salaries in Bulgaria are relatively lower. The table below presents approximate salary levels of different positions in Bulgaria.
 

GENERAL SALARY LEVELS IN BULGARIA

DESCRIPTION COST
Average salary for Bulgaria 250 Euros
Minimal salary by law 75 Euros
Total contributions paid by the employer, including health care, unemployment and social security contributions. Around 35% over the base salary


AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARIES FOR SOME POSITIONS - SOFIA

POSITION COST (Euros per month)
Managing Director 1000-2500
Accountant 220-575
Secretary 200-400
Network Administrator 400-1000
Junior Programmer 300-550
Senior Java Programmer 800-1300
Chemical Engineer 400-700
Wall Painter 200-550


AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARIES FOR SOME POSITIONS - PLOVDIV

POSITION COST (Euros per month)
Managing Director 800-1700
Accountant 20-400
Secretary 200-350
Network Administrator 350-800
Junior Programmer 300-450
Senior Java Programmer 600-1000
Chemical Engineer 300-600
Wall Painter 200-450

 
Salaries in Bulgaria have been on the rise in recent year and unemployment has been declining. In some areas there has been a shortage of qualified labor. There is also a fairly large difference between salary levels in the capital city of Sofia, and the other major Bulgarian cities.

 

Average monthly salaries in Bulgaria by sector (2004)

Sector Average Salary (EURO)
Public sector Private Sector
Financial services 527 358
Production of raw materials 312 220
Energy, gas and water production and distribution 307 292
Processing industry 246 148
State administration 240 -
Automotive, household appliances and trade 225 128
Transportation, warehousing and communication 220 199
Healthcare and social activities 194 118
Education 179 256
Construction 169 133
Real estate and business services 179 148
Agriculture, wood and fisheries 159 107
Hotels and restaurants 148 100
Other services 107 153
Average Salary 229 182

Source: National Social Security Institute

Salary comparison between Bulgaria and the European Union

Hourly pay Monthly salary

Source: National Social Security Institute

Salary comparison for some positions - Bulgaria and other countries

SENIOR PROGRAMMER

JOB DESCRIPTION:
This professional carries out program development, including evaluation of program prerequisites, development of new programs, testing and documentation of programs etc. He/she also coordinates work between programmers and junior programmers. This person has at least a high school degree, university diploma in Computer Science, or supplementary courses in computer information systems. This person has at least 5 years relevant experience.

Country

Total Yearly Cost (Euro)

Low Salary

High Salary

US 52,000 80,000
France 43,000 55,000
Germany 47,000 57,000
United Kingdom 44,000 59,000
Ireland 35,000 52,000
Netherlands 38,000 47,000
Italy 42,000 52,000
Japan 59,000 83,000
BULGARIA 15,000 35,000
 
SALES REPRESENTATIVE

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Works on sales objectives within product range or assigned districts, pursues sales leads, promotes products, concludes orders, arranges internal sales logistics. Normal requirements: diploma, with 1-2 years of relevant experience.

Country

Total Yearly Cost (Euro)

Low Salary

High Salary

US 43,000  65,000
France 40,000 51,000
Germany 40,000 49,000
United Kingdom 29,000 40,000
Ireland 26,000 38,000
Netherlands 29,000 37,000
Italy 37,000 44,000
Japan 52,000 76,000
BULGARIA 3,600 8,000
 
MANAGING DIRECTOR

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Heads an organization, with responsibilities covering production development, sales/marketing, finance and administration. Normal requirements: university degree with 5-12 years of relevant experience.

Country

Total Yearly Cost (Euro)

Low Salary

High Salary

US 150,000 258,000
France 141,000 197,000
Germany 136,000 176,000
United Kingdom 130,000 185,000
Ireland 87,000 143,000
Netherlands 116,000 149,000
Italy 140,000 200,000
Japan 150,000 200,000
BULGARIA 20,000 40,000
 
PLUMBER

JOB DESCRIPTION:
This person is an expert in plumbing who is working alone or is an employee of a plumbing company.

Country

Total Yearly Cost (Euro)

Low Salary

High Salary

US 43,000 65,000
France 35,000 51,000
Germany 33,000 49,000
United Kingdom 28,000 40,000
Ireland 26,000 38,000
Netherlands 25,000 35,000
Italy 26,000 42,000
Japan 52,000 76,000
BULGARIA 4,000 7,000


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