Over the past few years, both the minimum salary, as well as the average wage in Croatia have gone up slowly but steadily. This is a great thing as it does manage to beat inflation, so the quality of life is increasing.
Today we’re going to find out just how good things are in terms of money received for your work: I’ll tell you the minimum wage, as well as the average salary in Croatia in 2022.
We’ll start by saying that, despite the increases over the past years, Croatia still ranks towards the bottom in the European Union when it comes to money earned each month.
The minimum wage in the country is defined by law, so it is the same in all cities, towns and villages.
But living on minimum wage is very difficult, even in a cheaper country like Croatia – so if you’re planning to relocate here and you’re looking to rent and live on your own, don’t consider the minimum wage enough for a decent life.
When it comes to the average salary in Croatia, the numbers are more or less the same in all the larger cities, with slightly lower amounts expected in the smaller cities and towns.
So large, popular cities like Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik will be your best choices if you’re looking for the highest potential salaries in the country.
The data in today’s article will surely be extremely useful if you’re planning to relocate to Croatia, move here for a while or even just travel.
Knowing the minimum and average salaries will help you better estimate the cost of living in Croatia and if you will actually be able to afford the lifestyle you’re planning to live.
Because it theory, having an amount that is at least equal to the average earnings in the country would allow you to live a decent, mid-class life here.
I personally always look at the average wages in a country in order to decide how well I would live there based on my current income. I don’t take them as granted – neither should you – but they’re still a solid indicator of costs here.
Of course, other factors come into play here as most Croats don’t pay rent or even mortgage, they don’t live alone and so on… But overall, knowing the minimum and average wages in the country will help you a lot.
Please note: in order to keep everything simple, I will adjust all prices to Euros. But remember that salaries are actually paid in the national currency, the Kuna.
What’s the Minimum Salary in Croatia in 2022?
In 2022, the minimum net salary in Croatia is around 500 Euros (HRK 3,750) per month. In terms of gross income, this translates to 623 Euros (HRK 4,687.50) per month. The minimum salary saw a nice increase of ~50 Euros compared to 2021.
Compared to last year, the increase was substantial, following trends set by 2019 and 2020 where the minimum wage also saw nice boosts. So yes, things are looking good right now!
Just for comparison sake, in early 2013, the gross minimum salary here was around 370 Euros and in 2018 it was 462 Euros, growing in 2019 to 505 Euros. In 2021, the increase was lower – at 5% – but it grew a whooping 10% in 2022.
This is really good, having in mind that the inflation hit Croatia hard last year (just like it did with most of the world and Europe in special), but the increase in earnings helped people work here actually beat inflation.
It’s interesting to know that the official numbers show that only around 40,000 Croatians are earning minimum wage – so this is definitely not an amount to aim for if you’re planning to move here!
Average salary in Croatia in 2022
The net average salary in Croatia in 2022 is estimated to be around 1,000 Euros per month (7,600 Kuna), which is some 10% more than the average wages of last year. This means that a Croat earns, on average, 100 Euros more than they did last year.
The net average wages in the country have also grown a lot in the past several years, mainly thanks to the developments in the IT industry, as well as tourism.
However, with 2020 and 2021 being the crazy years that they were, the fast growing trend of salaries wasn’t sustainable and Croatia recorded one of the slowest increases in the past few years.
But, all things considered, as long as salaries went up, and they did manage to beat inflation, things are still good. I am sure that they will start growing at a faster pace from now on.
Of course, some jobs are better paid than others – like anywhere in the world, with Croatia recording the highest average wages in the IT department, healthcare system and banks.
Still, the averages are going up nicely over the years. For example, back in 2019, the amount was just 820 Euros, increasing to 865 in 2020 and 905 in 2021. So this year’s average of 1,000 Euros is pretty spectacular and nice to look at, no matter if you are already working here or plan to relocate.
Of course, if you compare the average wages in Croatia to those in the European Union, things don’t look that good, as Croatia is still towards the bottom, above 5 countries only.
But the important thing is that salaries have been growing steadily over the years and further growth is anticipated, while the quality of life has also grown constantly.
Also have in mind that the prices in Croatia are also much lower than in the higher earning EU countries, so everything kind of evens up in the end, resulting in a good quality of life being lived on an average salary in any of the country’s cities.
It’s still best if you move here and don’t depend on local employment, though: this way, you will probably earn a lot more than the average and have a chance at living a much better life.
But if you can find employment here that pays at least the average amount listed in this article, things would still be pretty good!
How much is a good salary in Croatia?
If your take-home pay is anything over 1,000 Euros each month, you can say that you have a good salary by Croatian standards. This should allow you to live a decent life in the country. For a single person, 1,500 Euros each month can be considered a great amount.
It’s better if you have a partner to share some costs with (so both of you would have 2,000 Euros per month to spend) as you would reduce rental costs and some of the food costs as well.
Hopefully our article about the minimum and average salary in Croatia helps you paint a better picture of both the cost of living here as well as what to expect to make if you plan to relocate to this beautiful country or search for a job.
And if you have questions, I will happily answer them if I can, so don’t hesitate to post them below!