- The minimum salary in Romania, in 2024, is 2,079 lei NET (418 Euros).
- The average salary in Romania, in 2024, is 4,700 lei NET (945 Euros).
- The minimum wage in Romania goes up faster than the average salary.
- Extra details are shared about both types of salaries.
- Cost of living examples to help you understand how much you need to earn.
While Romania remains one of the countries with the lowest costs of living in Europe, it is becoming more and more expensive to live in each day.
This is also reflected by the minimum salary in Romania, as well as the average wages in Romania, about which we’ll go more in depth today.
The bottom line is that they are both going up quickly – with some experts saying that the minimum wage increasing are unsustainable.
But we’re not here to discuss economics, just talk about the actual wages one could expect to earn on a monthly basis in Romania.
Even more, the average salary is a good indicator (in my opinion) of the estimated cost of living and how expensive a country is.
If a person earns, on average, 3,000 Euros per month, most likely prices in that country are higher than they are in one where the average person earns 500 Euros per month.
Also, this means that if you at least earn the average salary, you will be able to live a good life here in the country. And least in theory – although this does apply for Romania.
UPDATE Notice: This article was initially published in January 2017, but it has been rewritten and updated ever since, every year (even multiple times per year), to keep up with the increasing salaries in Romania – and I will continue to update it as often as possible.
What is the minimum wage in Romania in 2024?
The minimum salary in Romania in 2024 is 3,300 Lei gross or 2,079 Lei net (per month). This means that somebody on minimum wages would bring home around 418 Euros each month.
This is a large increase compared to the previous years. Here is how things looked like in the past few years, in terms of minimum wage, compared to today:
- 2017: the gross minimum salary was around 1,000 lei per month
- 2022: the gross minimum salary was 2,550 lei
- 2023: the gross minimum salary was 3,000 lei
- 2024: the gross minimum salary is 3,300 lei
As you can see, salaries have gone up quite a bit in the past several years, usually keeping up with the huge inflation in Romania.
IMPORTANT! Starting 2022, employers are allowed to keep employees on a minim wage for a maximum of 24 months. This means that a salary increase over the minimum is mandatory afterwards.
These are some pretty interesting measures and hopefully they will result in an increased quality of life, although many claim that these will only fuel inflation.
In conclusion, the take home minimum wage in Romania is around 418 Euros per month (or 2,079 lei) but companies are only allowed to pay the minimum wage for a maximum of 24 months before being forced by law to increase it.
Currently, according to statistics, 1.867 million workers in Romania earn the minimum salary, out of around 7.65 million employees.
But the increase in the minimum wages had some side effects: prices are rising in Romania, inflation is high, the exchange rates for EUROS and USD are reaching new records each day, so in actual buying power things haven’t changed as much.
I would go as far as say that, with such a high inflation rate for 2022 (official numbers are at around 16%) and 2023 (around 9%), the buying power has decreased a bit, despite the salary hike.
But despite all these, we do have an increased quality of life for those living on a minimum wage, at least when we compare numbers to 2017 and before.
What is the average wage in Romania in 2024?
The average salary in Romania in 2024 is around 4,700 Lei net, per month. This means that somebody earning an average wage would bring home around 945 Euros each month.
Even though Romania’s minimum wages have seen spectacular increases in the past few years, the average salaries didn’t follow the same trend, although they are still going up.
This makes sense, because average salaries are not regulated by the state, but by the economy.
Average salaries kept going up over the past few years: in 2020 and 2021 due to the economic boom, in 2022 to keep up with inflation, eventually slowing down a bit in 2023 and 2024.
However, unlike the minimum wage, the average salary a Romanian earns hasn’t changed much since 2022, and it’s not beating the high inflation in the country.
The average take-home salary in Romania in 2024 is around 4,700 Lei per month (around 945 Euros). This is an increase of around 700 Lei compared to last year. The Gross Salary is around 8,050 Lei (yup, that much goes to taxes!)
Romania is still bleeding workers who move to Western European countries, despite the increased numbers in terms of monthly income, both for the minimum and average wages.
The numbers are slightly higher than the official numbers used for calculating the digital nomad visa requirements, which place the Gross earnings at around 1,100 Euros per month (5,500 lei).
You can check out the National Institute of statistics for updated monthly values of the average wage in the country throughout the year.
Compared to the previous year, the average wage in Romania has increased by around 140 Euros – one of the biggest increases in recent years. It’s interesting to note that the average salary has more than doubled since 2013.
Another thing to consider when thinking about average wages is that the numbers are usually bigger in larger cities (Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Constanta, Timisoara etc) and get closer to the minimum in the smaller ones.
In other words, you have the potential to earn more in the larger cities, but the cost of living there is also higher.
We’re spending over 1,800 Euros per month as a family of three living in Romania, but these numbers can go up or down depending on your lifestyle.
Prices are going up and even though exchange rates are staying strong… it’s not easy anywhere right now.
Cost of living
Some time ago, I wrote an article detailing how you can live in the country on $1,000 per month. I had to update that article after I originally published it, as things have changed quite a bit since then.
The cost of living in Romania is still very low compared to other countries, but you’re starting to get less and less for that amount…
If you don’t want to, then I would have to say that for a foreigner moving here, the average take-home wage would be at the limit of living a decent life, if you have to pay for accommodation by yourself.
It would still be doable if you choose shared living and are very frugal. It’s even easier if your employee pays for accommodation (which would save you some 200 – 350 EUR per month).
With the past couple of years being the crazy ones they were, with wars and massive inflation and everything else that caused prices to skyrocket, we’ve seen some major movements on the income side as well, especially since 2023 continued more or less in the same way.
Fortunately, things are slowing down in 2024, but the trouble is not over in my opinion.
Hopefully knowing the minimum and average salary in Romania this year will paint a clearer picture on the actual cost of living, the job prospects you’d have and how far your money would take you in case you’re living on income from a different country.
If you still have questions – or you’d like to share additional insider notes regarding salaries in Romania, don’t hesitate to comment down below.