How much will my salary be? This is one of the basic questions that needs to be answered before you move anywhere. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find an answer. In most cases staff salaries are classified. There is a lot of valuable information concerning average salary in Poland though, so today I’m going to give you some general statistics. See also Average salary in Poland – 2020.
Average salary in Poland: statistical data
If you can speak Polish, go visit this great website, which presents all the statistical data.
If you don’t speak Polish yet, don’t worry, because I translated few pieces for you.
- minimum wage in 2016: 1 850 PLN
- average gross wage in the private sector in the 2nd quarter of 2016: 4 245 PLN
- average gross wage in the national economy in the 2nd quarter of 2016: 4 019 PLN
avarage gross wage in the private sector by region:
- Mazowieckie (Warsaw): 5 047 PLN
- Pomorskie (Gdańsk): 4 321 PLN
- Dolnośląskie (Wrocław): 4 228 PLN
- Małopolskie (Krakow): 4 092 PLN
Average salary in Poland: how much will I really get?
To check out how much will your net salary be, go to this online wage calculator.
Let’s use some example in order to understand how it works. Let’s say that you signed an employment contract, you earn 4 321 PLN gross, and your employment conditions are typical.
Your net salary equals: 3 077,02 PLN. Why?
- 421,73 PLN goes for pension insurance (ubezpieczenie emerytalne)
- 64,82 PLN goes for disability insurance (ubezpieczenie rentowe)
- 105,86 PLN goes for sickness insurance (ubezpieczenie chorobowe)
- 335,57 PLN goes for health insurance (ubezpieczenie zdrowotne)
- 316,00 PLN goes for a PIT (personal income tax) advance payment (składka PIT)
Of course, all of that depends on your contract type and employment conditions.
Costs of living
You know already an average salary in Poland. Now – how much stuff can you buy with that?
Take a look at the list below. I’ve chosen the most important records from Numbeo and compared them with my own experience.
- Bread – 2,50 PLN
- Butter – 3,99 PLN
- Cheese – 20 /1kg PLN
- 10 eggs – 4,50 PLN
- Ham – 25-40 PLN/1kg (depends on the meat)
- Tomatoes – 4 PLN/1kg
- Milk 2,30 PLN/1L
- White rice – 2,79-3,50 PLN/400g
- Potatoes – 1,20 PLN/1kg
- Chicken meat – 15 PLN/1kg
- Oil – 5 PLN/1L
- Mineral water – 1,60 PLN/1,5L
- Coffee – 8 PLN/250g
- Tea – 3,50 PLN/little package
- Sugar – 2,60 PLN/1kg
- Juice – 3,50-5 PLN/1L
Alcohol and cigarettes:
- Beer – 2,50-4 PLN/0,5L
- Wine – 15 PLN/0,75L
- Vodka – 21-35 PLN/0,5L
- Cigarettes – 13-15 PLN
- one-way city bus ticket: 3,40 PLN (1,70 PLN for a student)
- gasoline: 4,20 PLN
Average monthly cost of renting a flat (in total) according to Bankier.pl:
Inexpensive city (Bydgoszcz):
- small flat: 1032 PLN
- 40-62 m2: 1306 PLN
- large flat: 1744 PLN
Medium-sized city (Krakow):
- small flat: 1445 PLN
- 40-60m2: 1952 PLN
- large flat: 2725 PLN
The most expensive city (Warsaw):
- small flat: 2014 PLN
- 40-60 m2: 2808 PLN
- large flat: 3964 PLN
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