Salary in Romania

wages in Romania bucharest

Due to its cheap cost of labor Romania was targeted by most multi-national companies which have setup hubs for production, marketing and development in different areas of the country. Most business offices however reside in Romania’s capital Bucharesti (Bucuresti) ranging from financial institutions, FMCG companies, media companies, etc.

In Bucharest there are jobs for everybody: you can find a job as a secretary/Personal Assistant to Engineers, IT people, accountants, managers, and CEOs. This is one of the reasons why most students come to Bucharest to study, they get a bigger opportunity to find a job during their education time or after they have finished their degree. There are good and really good universities outside Bucharest (such as Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara or Constanta) but the lack of industry specific work places leads graduates back to Bucharest (if they do not go abroad after their studies).

All income in Romania is discussed as in net income. Nobody talks about gross income, mainly due to the fact that everybody pays more or less the same taxes regardless of how much or how little money they earn. Therefore we will not be dealing with taxes in this article.

The minimum (net) wage / salary for an 8 hour a day – 5 days a week job  in Romania in 2012 is 700 ron 850  925 ron (since the 1st of January 2014, planned to be 900 lei by the end of the year) which is about 188 euro. That’s very little if you are living in Bucharest (and not only). Even for other smaller cities this income will not get you far. Usually, this income is earned by students or people without any university degree (cleaning ladies and the such).


Taking into consideration that the cost of living in Bucharest is relatively high (when compared to other cities in the country) the lowest salary one can expect is around 1000 ron – which is 227 Euro.

At the opposite pole specialists and entry-level managers (with no team or small teams) earn from 700 to 1500 euro, CFOs should take home around 2000-3000 euro and CEOs from 3500 and beyond.

In order to better understand what you can do with this money you should checkout the cost of living in Bucharest page.

If you are planning to live here and are being offered more than 3000 euro / month you should be good on your way to living a decent life. Of course, depending on your lifestyle you could get around for a lot less than this, as many inhabitants of this city actually do.

Other cities

The average, most commonly heard of salary in the rest of Romania is between 1500 and 3000 ron (340 Euro – 680 Euro) depending on industry and experience however there are some cases where you can earn more than 1000 euro too. It depends a lot on where you are going to work and what you are going to do.

Finding jobs in Romania

I personally recommend and While you might find that some jobs appear in both job portals, some jobs only appear in one place so check out both of them.

Alternatively you can contact a headhunting agency and depending on your skills you could end up getting a job faster than randomly applying on job portals.


72 Comments on "Salary in Romania"

  1. How much would a rugby player playing for Bucharest expect to earn a
    month ?

    • Depends a lot really. If you are playing for a major club, the income could be in the area of several thousand EURO’s. Rugby is however not a very popular sport in Romania, hence the players are not very known or famous.

  2. What is the salary for a IT professional with 9 yrs of experience in Bucharest

    • Depends a lot what kind of IT you are into and what position you aim for (or have). I would estimate a minimum of 1000 Euro but should you work for a corporate entity in a middle management position it could also get you up to 3000 Euro.

  3. As a undergraduate student landing in Bucharest, I’d be working part time. I’m fluent in English and i want to know how much i can earn part time to support my studies, what’s the working limit for me?

    • Depending on the job you’d fulfill you could be looking at 150-350 Eur. English only are hard to find in Bucharest for entry level applicants.

  4. What would be the avarage salary for Business Analyst in Banking?

    Is it worth to relokate to Romania?

    • Well, it really depends where you are moving from and what you are earning at this time. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this number (as I’m no expert in banking jobs) but I would say that you could earn up to 1200 Euro. But that’s just my take on it.

  5. HI: HOw much Senior product manager and director of product management can expect in IT company?

  6. How much could be a good income in Romania for an Operational Director?
    Do you have any idea of taxes, if I get 100 how much is my net income that I can take as liquid amount?

    • Eddy, it depends on the industry and on the company size. Roughly guessing I would say between 2500 Eur and 5000 Eur NET (that’s after taxes, liquid amount that you can take home). Your brutto (as in amount before taxes would be 40% higher than that). Mind that in Romania everybody perceives wage in NET rather than brutto. You should not care as much as how much the taxes are, as the employer is required to pay those both on his and on your account. You do not get any deduction for those taxes either.

  7. I am looking for a romanian webpage, where I can compare salaries on various working positions. I can´t find out this kind of webpage, international webpages are not enough for me. Can you help me?

    • Hi, Oldo! I don’t think such a website exists in Romania. You can try Glassdoor though, might help. Salaries are usually regarded as being a confidential information so not a lot of people disclose theirs easily.

  8. Hello,

    I’m Swedish native and work within Customer Support and Content right now. How much do you think I should ask for in general? I work for a middle sized international company right now (about 50 employees in Bucharest, another 250 or so abroad).
    Also I might be promoted to senior/team leader within customer support, how much do you think I should ask for in the case of these promotions?

    In the future I’m aiming even higher and some people have said I might be a business manager, how much do these earn in general in Bucharest?

    Thanks a lot in advance, I might have further questions later!

    • Hi Robert and thanks for stopping by. Usually people employed in Customer Support centers receive an average monthly sallary or wage of about 350-500 euro (that’s net, take home money, not brutto) for romanian speakers. In your new position as team leader you might earn up to 1000 euro, depending on your responsabilities and the wage matrix of each company. However, please do take my estimations with a grain of salt, as they are based on my experience on this market. It could be, that in your company, given the nature of your work and your work responsabilities the actual compensation and benefits package to vary. Taking into consideration that you live in Bucharest, I advise you to aim for the 1000+ eur mark, since the costs of living here might prove challenging with a 500 eur income (unless you don’t plan to share a flat and cook at home all the time). It would be interesting if you could share your current income bracket and your expectations given your experience here.

      • When I came here in February I had no prior experience or education within the area, my starting salary was 3500 lei net. This has since increased to 4000 lei net after I asked for a raise. They also mentioned that it can increase even more within a reasonable future.

        After the summer I might be promoted and this is why I ask what kind of salary I should possibly aim for. I’m almost at the €1000 net mark and I hope that getting a team leader role will solidify atleast that, but I’m not really satisfied with that small of an increase for such a role.

        What do you think?

        • Hi again Robert. Your starting salary was obiviously above the starting grid for such a position. I believe that being a Swedish native hepled a lot. As far as my experience goes, having two wage upgrades in one year in Romania is uncommon. Of course, having a better wage helpes a lot but receiving another (susbstantial) raise in such a short time is not realistic. With the information at hand, I would aim for the 1500 eur mark for the end of the year, if I was you. I think that would be a decent timing. It really depends on the context of your present employment status (how many other native speakers are in your team, if you consider yourself to be a key person in the team, etc).

          • We have a part of the Swedish team that live in a western European country too, with obviously higher salaries than us.
            But here in Bucharest I am the only native and I train all the new people here. I know for a fact that the manager of Customer Support likes and trusts me a lot.

            1500€ Net at the end of the year would be a very good aim. As this is my first job I’m very unsure of when and how much to ask for. They have said that 1500€ net and beyond is very possible but they want to increase it in a natural way, which is pretty vague.

            At the end of the summer/beginning of fall I will probably be promoted, at that time I will ask for a higher salary of course, how much would you propose is a good idea? Then I can ask again before the year is over to possibly reach close to or at €1500.

          • If I was you (looking at the current ~880 Eur you are making), I would negotiate for 1000 Eur net for the end of the year and another increase up to 1300 maybe sometime in Q3 2016. But this would just be my approach. 🙂 I think this is what your company might also define as “natural way”. Usually, companies award up to 15% raise in one year for their employees, depending on individual performance and company performance.

  9. Hi, I wanted to know that how much I can earn by working part time to support my studies as I’m fluent in English & I will be coming to study Bachelors of Hotel Management at American Hotel Management in Brasov

    • Hi Agha. Depends where you would be working part time (industry, level, etc). I would ballpark it at around 700-800 lei (that’s max 170-180 eur) for Brasov but, again it depends on what you would do.

  10. I am seeking to work in Office furniture industry in sales and Marketing. Can you advise me with my over 25 years of experience in Dubai in furniture industry how much should I expect to earn in Romania should I plan to relocate in Romania.

    • Unfortunately, office furniture is not such a big industry in Romania. It’s more like a component of general furniture. I’m sorry to say but I think your experience from Dubai does not really apply/help a lot in Romania, since this market is totally different from the one you are coming from. Of course, should you occupy a position of a CEO in such a company, then the wage would most likely be above 3000 Eur net per month.

  11. Income you telling in euro are monthly , weekly or daily?

    • All incomes are expressed in net Euro per month. This is how you usually get your offer also from the employer. Weekly or daily incomes are not really common, unless you work part time in a job such as a hostess for brand in a supermarket.

  12. I’m an Aerospace Engineer who has been offered a position in Bucarest for around 5000 RON (net salary) per month. What do you think? Is it enough to live a decent life, renting an apartment, going to a gym and so on.

    • Hi Vincenzo. Aerospace Engineer for 5000 RON in Bucharest. That’s just above 1000 Eur. Think about it this way: a decent apartment will set you back roughly 350-400 Eur. Running costs probably around 100 Eur. I’d say you can live OK in Bucharest with that money but don’t expect to save money each month or go out in night clubs on a regular basis.

  13. Hi, thanks for your informative explanation. What would be the approximate net salary for an IT Support Consultant in the major cities?

    • Hi, Michael. You would be looking at a minimum of 700 Eur I guess, which can go up to 2000 Eur, depending on your skills, the company and the city. Usually consultants are external parties and are being paid on contract, not as a fixed monthly wage.

  14. I expect to take my bachelor this year in Romania but I would like to support my living by doing part time jobs. Am well in English ,am talented in football as midfielder as I played in division 1 furthermore I can be commutator, dancer and actor what do you think ?

    • Hi Johnas. If you played football in division 1, that should be your best shot with a local football club (granted they don’t aim for professional players). For the dancing and acting part, there’s not so much demand for English speakers as far as I know. Perhaps an IT support job in a call center (for western markets) or an English tutor job?

  15. Hello, could you please advise what is average cost for secretary / admin specialist position per hour now in Bucharest? (General administrative responsibilities, office management, very partly accounting, trips arrangement, with English)
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi, Anna. The average salary in Romania is rarely (to almost never) expressed in hour pay. For the responsabilities you listed I would estimare you would get a bit over the minimal wage, around 1200-1400 ron net (that’s take home pay). However, I do find that not speaking Romanian would greatly reduce the number of positions you could apply for. Perhaps aiming for a personal assistant might prove easier and better compensated than your average secretary.

  16. Hello Admin, What’s the Average wage of professional footballers in your top flight and 2nd Division?

    • Hi Roger. It’s a difficult question, as it depends on the team and the reputation of the player. While players in the 1st league could earn somewhere between 80.000-1.000.000 euro per year (the upper tier is reserved for the so called “super stars”, players with a lot of international experience and that shine in their game play). I know it’s a big bracket, but it really depends on the club and in what conditions it buys a player. In the 2nd league I think that 30.000-40.000 eur per season is the average.

  17. Hello,

    Would like to know the pay for onsite position in romania. i work for MNC and position is senior and i am offered somewhere near to 2200 euros and as per my information living expese for two is 1700 euro which is decent. But after that i am expecting some savings of around 1500 euro so i am demanding around 3500 euro as my pay. Can you suggest me that is just ok what am i expecting or less or more.
    Please the requirement is urgent.
    Eagerly waiting for your response…

    Thank You…

  18. Hello admin,
    Just got offered a job for Portuguese IT Helpdesk, in Bucharest. Salary details haven´t been discussed yet. How much do you think I should aim for?
    Thank you very much for your time.

    • This might come a bit late, I realize. Aim for as high as possible, of course. 🙂 Portuguese IT Helpdesk should guarantee you a decent 800-1000 eur minimum.

  19. Hi Admin,

    i am looking to hire a footwear production manager from ROMANIA… what will the monthly wages for this sought work.

    • Very specific request. Can you clarify what this person should do & responsibilities? I can’t ballpark it accurately at this point.

  20. Hi :),
    Could you tell me what is the average income of first legue football player?

  21. Hi! I was thinking about opening business in Bucharest, and hire 3D artist and C++ programmer.
    I wonder what would be monthly brutto for those employees. And how hard is to find employees.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Denis. Well, congratulations on the initiative! 🙂 As far as 3D artists and C++ programmers go, you can find them in Bucharest. It depends on the level of experience you are aming for. Really experienced and good will probably not leave for a startup unless the pay is very good. I would recommend you aim for the 1500 euro (net pay, in hand, add state taxes of about 40% on top of this) for the 3D artist and a bit higher (~10%) for a C++ programmer. The work market in these areas is really fragmented. You can find people earning 800 euros but also people earning 3-4.000 euros, depending on the place they are hired at, their experience and their porfolio.

  22. Parmeet singh | March 31, 2016 at 10:58 PM | Reply

    What are the average per hour wages in romania for labour or a fresher

    • There are no hourly wages in Romania. Wages are paid on a full time/part time basis and the minimums are governed by law. You can get a 2 hour/day wage (which is the minimum) up to 8 hours/day, which is full time employment.

  23. Parmeet singh | April 1, 2016 at 10:03 AM | Reply

    What is full time salary in a restaurent for a waiter or a receptionist for a month

  24. Parmeet singh | April 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM | Reply

    How many chances are there in romania for work permit visa for an indian worker

    • There are chances, but I would not know how many. I recommend you visit the Indian Embassy website for Romania and readup on the terms.

  25. I am a nurse planning to come and study medicine in Bucharest,
    will i get a part time job to support my education?
    What salary do i expect per month as a part time worker?
    Is Romania part of European union

    • Depends on type of part time job you are expecting. It might be a bit easier to get a paid internship in a company than a true part time job, since I image you do not know the language. From a salary standpoint you are looking at getting anywhere between 100 euro net to 400 euro net, depending on the type of job, company type, etc.

  26. Hello, i’m in vietnam presently working as a teacher. I would love to know how much full time teachers earn in romania. English subject

    • Hello. It depends on whether you are targeting the private schools (no so many in number) or the state ones (most of them). In the state sector the income is very low (~300 euro for starters). Private schools pay more (in the area of 600 euro) but are mostly present in Bucharest and the big cities.

  27. Hi Admin
    🙂 Could you tell me what is the average salary for a teacher in Romania? Do you take EUROS or Lei?

    • Hello. Depends on the type of teacher (kindergarten, primary school, second-term school, high-school, university, etc). The average is around 400 euro if you have some years of experience in the system and some grades (we have a system where teachers have grades). University teachers can earn more (up to 2000 euro). We get paid in lei, my euro estimate was only so you can easily relate and understand the levels.

  28. Hello Admin,

    I am a dual Masters Student in Automotive Engineering from France but my native origin is from India and I have been offered a job of Vehicle support engineer in Altran where my working language is French, it is a contractual job, can you please guide me on how much Salary per month should I expect from the employer?


    • Tricky question, really. Do you have accommodation and transportation included in the package? What other benefits are you receiving?

      • Hi admin,

        Well so far the accommodation and transportation is only included in relocation package i.e. it will be given to me only for 3 months, other benefits are laptop, Flexi hours, WFH and meal vouchers. Can you tell me around what salary I should expect from them?

        Thanks and regards

  29. Hi Admin,

    Just got an offer for a job in Bucharest with a salary of 3200 RON gross per month
    + 200 Euros net rent allowance every month for 2 years. Do you think I would be able to have a decent lifestyle with that ammount?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi, Balkazar. Please define “decent” (your definition of it might be far off from mine). Let’s look at it this way: for 200 euro you can rent a studio, in an ok neighborhood (not one of the very central ones, but a “decent” one). You will have to add some 200-300 ron for running costs (such as electricity, water, heating, internet). Depending on where you will work, your current lifestyle (if you cook at home or eat out, how often you purchase new clothes, if you go out regularly, etc) you can get by with 3200 ron or you could be really stretched. Example: one meal in the city, average restaurant is about 30-40 ron per person, without wine. If you go out on a Friday evening you will end up paying a minimum of 50 ron in the city center for a few beers.

  30. Hello Admin,

    Firstly, Thank you for the article it really helped me put some light on the salary policy in Bucharest.

    I am planning on doing my Masters in Bucharest starting next year (American-Romanian University). Well if you consider the fact that I already got about 2 years experience working my current job being an Key Account Manager for a telecom firm and that I speak fluently English, French and Arabic… How hard will it be for me to find a part-time/shift job and what to expect salary wise.


    • Hi Wail. Taking into consideration that you know both English and French you could probably land a call-center job (I guess) or a job in a company such as Accenture or IBM (I know they sometimes hire people for these languages). You are obviously looking at an entry position so expect 300-500 euro per month, net pay (in hand). As for how long it would take for you to find a job, it really depends on the hiring cicle and necessities of each company. I would expect a minimum of 6 months before you get a shot. I strongly suggest you build your connections early with your fellow students at the American-Romanian University, as some jobs might be easier to identify this way. Hope it helps if you plan to come to Bucharest next year.

  31. Hi Admin,
    I am from India working with one of the big telecom company with 8 yrs of experience in telecom domain.Company is setting up new team in Budapest Romania for whixh I have applied. I am not sure what could be the salary I should ask if get selected?

    • Hello, Sagar. First let’s clear a few things up :). Budapest is the capital of Hungary. Bucharest is the capital of Romania (see here for more info Now, in order to understand what kind of salary you would get please provide more info (what kind of team, what’s your current position and what’s your expectation, responsabilities etc). That’s of course if you won’t be living in Budapest, case in which I can’t really help. 🙂

  32. Hi Admin
    🙂 Could you tell me what is the average salary for a nurse (Anesthesiology and Intesive cares) in Romania?

    • Hi Ivanina. In private care you would probably be looking at the 500-700 euro bracket (net). In the state system about half of that.

  33. I am thinking of moving to Bucharest, what salary would you expect to get for a technical support role in a call centre?

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