Over the past few years, both the minimum salary, as well as the average wage in Croatia have gone up slowly but steadily.
And today we’re going to find out just how good things are in terms of money received for your work: we’ll tell you what is the minimum wage, as well as the average salary in Croatia in 2021.
We’ll start by saying that, despite the increases over the past year, Croatia still ranks toward the bottom in the European Union when it comes to money earned here.
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 Croatia.
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 in the countries 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 salary 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 2021?
In 2021, the minimum salary in Croatia saw a small increase, following some more impressive jumps in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, the minimum net salary in Croatia is around 450 Euros (HRK 3,400) per month. In terms of gross income, that’s around 560 Euros (HRK 4,250).
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. So huge spikes in these past couple of years, with an acceptable increase of around 5% in 2021.
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 2021
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 being the crazy year that it was, 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, everybody should be happy – especially based on how 2020 ended up to be for us all.
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.
Overall, the monthly NET average salary in Croatia is around 905 Euros.
This is after tax and paying social security and health insurance, so the amount of money the average Croat receives in hand each month.
This is still a nice increase over last year, when the average salary in Croatia was around 865 Euros, with it being just 820 Euros in 2019.
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!
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!