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 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 2000-2500 euro and CEOs from 3000 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.


11 Responses to Salary in Romania

  1. David Wiggins says:

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

    • admin says:

      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. Alok says:

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

    • admin says:

      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. Shahroz Javed says:

    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?

    • admin says:

      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. kina says:

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

    Is it worth to relokate to Romania?

    • admin says:

      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. Vicky says:

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

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