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What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Croatia in 2019?

Salaries have been growing steadily in Croatia over the past several years and, even though the country is still towards the bottom in the European Union when it comes to minimum and average income, things are steadily improving.

And today we’re going to find out just how good things are getting: what is the minimum wage, as well as the average salary in Croatia in 2019.

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, the minimum salary wouldn’t be easy to live on even in the cheapest areas.

When it comes to the average salary in Croatia, the numbers are more or less the same in all the cities, so if you’re looking for information about wages in a particular place like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split or any other larger city, this is what you’re getting.

Of course, some cities offer better salaries than others. For example, Zagreb (the Capital) and Dubrovnik (the highly popular tourist resort) are considered the two cities with the biggest average salaries in the country.

So moving to these cities would give you more possibilities of landing a better paid job and you might even earn a bit more doing the same job than you would in a different city.

However, all the data in today’s article should be extremely important as it will help you paint a better picture on what to expect salary-wise. This also helps you better estimate the cost of living in Croatia and estimate your expenses.

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. Average salaries are, as the name suggests, what most people earn and how much you should expect to pay for a decent lifestyle.

Of course, other factors come into play here as most Croatians don’t pay rent or even mortgage, they don’t live alone and so on. But overall, knowing the minimum and average wages in a country helps a lot.

Please note: in order to keep everything simple, I will adjust all prices in Euros. But remember that salaries are actually paid in the national currency, the Kuna.

Minimum Salary in Croatia in 2019

In 2019, the gross minimum salary in Croatia saw a huge increase which occurred in November 2018: 9% over the previous year’s value, which also saw the largest increase in the past several years.

At the moment of writing this article, the minimum gross salary is 505 Euros. Just for comparison sake, in early 2013 it was around 370 Euros and in 2018 it was 462 Euros. So a nice increase indeed!

But what matters for the people is the NET value or the take-home pay. And the value for the minimum salary in Croatia is 405 Euros (an increase over the 370 Euros last year).

It’s interesting to know that the official numbers show that only about 37,000 Croatians are earning minimum wage.

Average salary in Croatia in 2019

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 and tourism industry, as well as the help received by the country from the European Union.

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.

But, overall, the NET average salary in Croatia is around 820 Euros. This is after tax and paying social security and health insurance.

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.

Also have in mind that the prices in Croatia are also much lower than in the better earning EU countries, so everything 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.

Hopefully our article about the minimum and average wages 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 move here to work.

And if you have questions, I will happily answer them if I can, so don’t hesitate to post them below!

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C. Luciano

The author C. Luciano

I fell in love with Croatia after visiting it for the first time in 2015... but from that moment onward, I kept coming back, spending more and more time in the country and its beautiful cities. In 2018, I purchased Croatia Wise from its previous owner in order to combine my love for the country with the pleasure of sharing with the world all my findings about it, the joy of my travels there and useful information for those looking to find out more about Croatia and all its cities.


  1. Hi
    I want to come Croati in student visa, students can do jobs there? Can i afford my accomodation & food from my job?
    Your faithfully
    Abhijit saha

    1. You can get a job, but only part time. Even so, you will have to check with your university to make sure that they allow it: most do, but some might not.

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