What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Croatia? (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split etc) – 2018 Data
Wages have been growing steadily in Croatia over the years and, even though the country is still towards the bottom in the European Union when it comes to minimum and average salaries, things are starting to look much better than they did a couple of years ago. And this is exactly what we’re going to talk about in today’s article: what is the minimum wage, as well as the average salary in Croatia in 2018.
The numbers are more or less the same in all the cities in the country. So if you’re looking for information about salaries in a particular city like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split or any other located in Croatia, the numbers in this article will be very close to what you will find there.
Of course, some cities offer better salaries than other. 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 well paid job and you might even earn a bit more doing the same job than you would in a different city.
Minimum wages in Croatia are defined by law, so they are the same in all cities and towns and regions. But living on minimum wage is very difficult, even in a cheaper country like Croatia – so if you’re planning to relocate there and you’d have rent to pay as well, the minimum salary wouldn’t be enough.
However, all the data in today’s article will prove to be extremely important and it will surely help you paint a better picture of what to expect salary-wise. This also helps you better estimate the cost of living in Croatia because there are still people managing to survive on minimal wage.
I personally always look at the average wages in a country in order to decide how well I would live there based on my estimated income. Average salaries are usually what most people get and what 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 have health insurance and so on. But overall, knowing the wage values 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.
So let’s get this started! And we’ll start by looking at the minimum salary in Croatia (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar etc)!
In 2018, the gross minimum salary in Croatia saw the biggest increase in the past several years. Therefore, if in early 2013 the minimum wage was around 370 Euros, it is now 462 Euros. This means that the minimum salary in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and all other cities in Croatia grew by 24% in 5 years – and this is a really nice increase overall!
However, the numbers above are the GROSS earnings. After paying taxes and health insurance, the actual minimum salary (the Net Salary) in Croatia is 370 Euros. So the take-home pay if you’re living on minimum wage is 370 Euros per month in 2018.
What are the average salaries in Croatia (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar etc)
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, health system and banks.
But, overall, the NET average salary in Croatia in cities like Zagreb, Split, Zadar or Dubrovnik (and all the other cities) is around 855 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. But the important thing is that salaries have been growing steadily over the years and especially the average income in the country has seen massive jumps in most industries.
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!