Living in Croatia

What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Croatia in 2020?

In the past few years, both the minimum and average wage in Croatia has gone up and the trend seems to continue in 2020. However, the country still ranks toward the bottom in the European Union when it comes to minimum and average income, but at least things are improving.

And today we’re going to find out just how good things are in terms of money received for your work: what is the minimum wage, as well as the average salary in Croatia in 2020.

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 larger 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.

It’s all about the offers on the job market and by default – as it happens anywhere in the world – the average wages are higher in the larger cities or the more industrial ones, while both offers and overall value are lower in smaller cities and towns.

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 to be paid if you’re planning to work in Croatia.

This also helps 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.

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, the average of all salaries received and considered the amount that should be enough for living an average (read: decent) life.

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 in Euros. But remember that salaries are actually paid in the national currency, the Kuna.

What’s Minimum Salary in Croatia in 2020?

In 2020, the gross minimum salary in Croatia saw a huge increase, following a similarly large increase in November 2019. So these past two years have been really good in terms of minimum guaranteed income!

At the moment of writing this article, the minimum gross salary in Croatia in 2020 is 545 Euros. Just for comparison sake, in early 2013 it 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!

But what matters for the people is the NET value or the take-home pay (so the money that you actually receive, not how much the employer pays). And the NET minimum salary is 436 Euros (compared to 405 Euros last year)

It’s interesting to know that the official numbers show that only about 37,000 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 2020

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.

And just like the minimum wage, the average wage in the country has grown nicely over the past several years, even though the growth wasn’t as big as it was in the case of the minimum guaranteed earning.

But, overall, the NET average salary in Croatia is around 865 Euros. This is after tax and paying social security and health insurance, so the amount of money the average Croat receives each month.

This shows a nice increase over the average values of the previous year, which were of around 820 Euros.

(Please note:) The value above is actually for 2019 since averages are calculated at the end of the year, so in reality, expect the actual average salary in the country to be a bit higher.

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!

Conclusion

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!

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. Since 2018, I am the owner of this blog, in order to combine my love for the country with the pleasure of sharing with the world all my findings about it and useful information for those looking to find out more about Croatia and all its cities.

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2 Comments

  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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