Romania is extremely attractive for people looking for a cheap country to live in. While it is in the European Union, it has one of the lowest costs of living in Europe, making it an amazing choice for people who wish to retire here, as well as digital nomads or those who get their income from outside the country.

UPDATE: This article was initially published in Janaury 2017, but it has been rewritten and updated with 2019 numbers in February 2019.

But what about those looking to move to Romania and work here? In today’s article, we’ll cover that aspect by looking at the minimum wage in Romania, as well as the average salary in Romania.

In my opinion, this paints a better and clearer picture of the country as a whole: by knowing the minimum and average salary in a country, you won’t just know where your level of income would place you if you were to live here, but you also what to expect from the jobs market itself. So let’s get it started!

What is the minimum wage in Romania in 2019?

Until the end of 2018, things were pretty simple regarding the minimum wage. Now, things are a bit more complicated because the government has introduced THREE types of minimum salaries, depending on the experience and studies of the individual, but also the field of work.

Therefore, the minimum salary structure in Romania is this:

  1. We have a general minimum salary of 1,263 RON (which is around 265 Euros or $300). We’re talking about the net salary / take-home salary, so this is actually what an employee brings home after taxes and all contributions (like health insurance and pension contribution) is paid.
  2. Next, we have an increased minimum salary for those who have completed college AND have 1 year of experience in the field: 1,413 RON (around 300 Euros or $335).
  3. Finally, we have a much increased salary for those working in construction: 2362 RON (around 500 Euros or 560 USD)

If you’re interested in the gross salary, that is 2,080 RON (so this is before tax) for the first category, 2,350 for the second and 3,000 RON for constructions.

The minimum salary in Romania has increased to this value starting January 1st 2019, following constant (and substantial) increases in the past couple of years. For example, in January 2017 the gross minimum wage was 1,250 RON, then it was increased to 1,450 RON before getting to 1,900 RON in 2018 and then getting to today’s values.

Conclusion: The Take Home minimum wage in Romania depends on your studies, experience and field of work. That is is 1,263 RON for no studies / experience, 1,413 RON for graduates with 1 year experience and 2,362 RON for construction workers.

While the increase is spectacular indeed (a 140% increase in the construction field, for example, compared to 2017), there are many voices who claim that these increases are not made on solid grounds and their effect will be that of destroying the economy as they are not sustainable.

Right now, these voices seem to be right, even though the new salary structure has just become official: prices are rising in Romania, inflation is starting to get out of control, the exchange rates for EUROS and USD are reaching new highs each day and things don’t look good right now.

For example, the take home minimum salary in 2019 equals $300, despite an increase of 100 RON. However, last year, the lower salary was, in USD, 310. So, there you have it: people think that they earn more, but the truth is completely different…

What is the average wage in Romania in 2019?

A funny thing about the average salary in Romania in 2019 is this: even though the minimum wages have seen spectacular increases lately, the average wages didn’t follow the same trend. On the contrary, some people are earning less money in 2019 because of heavy changes in the tax system.

Still, the average salaries have increased a bit compared to previous years, but they are closer to today’s minimum numbers which is pretty strange to look at. Also, the increased numbers don’t manage to get a lot over inflation and increased exchange rates, meaning that the actual purchase power is similar to that of 2018, despite the increase.

Back to actual values, the average take-home salary in Romania in 2019 is around 2,700 RON per month (570 Euros or $645). You can check out the National Institute of statistics for updated monthly values of the average wage in the country.

An interesting thing to note about the average salary in Romania is that it kept growing – slowly but steadily – over the past few years. Compared to 2013, for example, the average wage increased by about 230 Euros. This is a 67% increase so, despite the increasing inflation and general prices, things are still looking pretty good.

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 cities. In other words, you the potential to earn more in the larger cities but the cost of living there is also higher.

Cost of living

Back in 2014, I wrote an article detailing how you can live in the country on $1,000 per month. I had to update that article in 2019, 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 want to read a more in-depth look at the cost of living in Romania, you can check out my latest article on this matter.

Best paid jobs in Romania

Finding a job in Romania – especially if you don’t speak the language – could prove difficult to say the least. The bureaucracy and employment systems are old and outdated and plain stupid.

I remember reading an article a while ago about Noble prize winners who would not be allowed to become University teachers in Romania because they would not meet the silly criteria (not that any Noble prize winner wanted to start teaching in Romania…)

However, there are some areas where it’s easier to find jobs in the country and fortunately these are also the best paying jobs in Romania. Think about large corporations and IT and you have a clear picture!

These were the best paying jobs in the country in 2016, with the mention that 2019 data will follow a similar trend (take-home average salary per month):

1. IT: 5,340 RON (1,185 Euros per month)
2. Oil extraction: 4,829 RON (1,070 Euros per month)
3. Heavy industry: 4,450 RON (985 Euros per month)
4. Insurance and private pensions: 4,309 RON (955 Euros per month)
5. Banks: 4,280 RON (950 Euros per month)

Hopefully knowing the minimum and average salary in Romania 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.


  1. Super low isn’t it compared to the rest of the E.U. I remember us comparing with Malta a couple of years ago when l thought it was so low over there before realizing it’s even lower there. I think the language barrier would probably prevent a lot of people from working. You need to have some business going if you need to work while living there. Thanks for giving us a good picture of life in Romania.

    • And Bigger than all Romania’s neigbours ( besides Hungary) Bigger than : Serbia, Bulgaria, R. Moldova and Ukraine . Compare Romania with the other European States in the region, not with all the Old European Empires that had hundreds of Colonies and slaves all over the World .

  2. Hi Calin: Long time, no hear–ha, ha! How’s the weather?
    IT seems to be the highest paying career all over. Is there an
    area in Romania which is a hub of IT activity? You know,
    like “Silicon Valley” in San Jose, CA USA.
    I wish I paid more attention in school, but I don’t have the brain
    power to write code, etc. Me, I’d be satisfied (back in the day)
    working for a successful IT company where I’d be some support
    role–like an office manager (being obsessive–compulsive helps;-)).
    What’s next for your travel write-ups? Have you ever been
    to Chișinău, Moldova? How does it compare with Bucharest?
    Hope your next blog entry won’t be so long in the waiting–ha!
    Thanks for the salary update!
    ~Teil (USA)

    • Hello Teil,

      There’s no real IT hub like Silicon Valley in Romania, but the larger cities attract the bigger crowds.

      The weather is pretty warm for this time of the year and we’ve had no snow in Drobeta Turnu Severin (although it did snow throughout the country).

      I’ve never been to Chisinau, but from what I’ve heard, Molodova is even poorer than Romania as they didn’t have the EU to pour funds into them for the past several years.

  3. Hi Calin,
    That is interesting, and the top wages(like IT) are actually a little higher than I thought, which I’m sure don’t seem that high to the people in those positions! Cluj seems like it would be most active for the better IT jobs, but maybe some in Bucharest as well. I suspect it’s a universal problem, but too often as wages go up, so does the cost of living, and it seems like you’re not really gaining much.

    From all my research, (on paper and from afar unfortunately!), very few countries in the world, can compare with Romania’s overall appeal to expats, if you can get deal with four seasons (& cold winters), and the bureaucracy of establishing residency. Beautiful countryside, friendly people, low crime, and one of the lowest costs of living are hard to beat. Southeast Asia and Central/South America are warmer, but maybe too hot for some, plus have higher crime, and arguably aren’t as beautiful. Plus, for expats who grew up in the west, culturally, your lifestyles will be more aligned with the way Romanians live, than those in S.E. Asia, for example.

    Calin, as you noted in a previous article, Budapest may be an amazing city, but is a big city, with big city issues, and higher costs. Again, only on paper and through research online and with a few expats, Romania beats the competition, with Bulgaria also worthy of consideration. Ideally, I’d love to see Romanian wages go up, so more young people would stay in the country, but selfishly I would also like cost of living to remain low for us expats who plan to settle there. Thanks again for your interesting insights Calin! Best Regards, JC

    • There is still a big division between the top earners and the little earners. We should also take retired people living in the country into account – and many of them have pensions of 100 Euros or less. This means that the overall income of the population – if it was possible to get the numbers – would be well under the average wage.

      Even if the buying power of some Romanians might have increased a bit in the past few years, that only managed to bring a few more into a middle class status – and for many years after the revolution, it was said that there’s no middle class in Romania. So I personally believe it will take some time before cost of living increases, especially if the newly elected government keeps their promise and slash taxes even more.

      • You bring up an interesting point, and it brings to mind something many outside the U.S. may never suspect. But, I read recently, that it’s believed as many as 30% of retired Americans in some areas, rely entirely, or almost entirely on their Social Security benefits to survive. Therefore, if the average benefit is $1,300 a month, and there are a husband & wife, each getting that or more, and their mortgages & cars are paid off, then they may be ok. But, let’s say you’re on your own, and only draw $1,000 a month, and still have to cover rent. hmm? In America? Good luck!

        And unfortunately, cost of living increases are a joke. Last year, S.S. recipients got no increase, and some got as little as $4 a month more for 2017. I assure you that actual cost of living in the U.S. will increase a lot more than $4 a month this year. I’m not trying to say it’s as difficult in the U.S. for it’s low income citizens, as it is in Romania or elsewhere. But, even though there are super wealthy people here, there are also a lot of people here struggling just to survive as well. So, this is why so many retirees are starting to consider less expensive living options all over the world, and even those with a decent amount put away in savings & retirement accts are afraid. Why? It’s simple, because people are living longer, and often trying to maintain the same lifestyle they had when they were working and making a good income, and their savings could be gone a lot faster than they planned.
        If that happens, then what?

        That’s why I think Romania (and other less costly options), may provide a lifeline for those expats whose finances may not support their hopefully, many long years of retirement anywhere else.

        • Indeed, JC! The poor will always have a tough life no matter where they live. The good thing is that at least in some cases, the poor of one country can be the decent living folks of another. 🙂

      • As a visitor from the UK many things like food are cheaper, but other things are stupidly expensive. Shampoo, for example, is about 3x the UK price. I can buy a Dacia car in the UK for about 80% of the price in Romania, where they are made. This seems crazy considering the average salary in UK is about 4x Romanian salary. It makes you appreciate their hospitality all the more when you realise that Romania is not a cheap place to live for Romanians.

        • Exactly – I always say this. Romania is cheap for those who don’t rely on the income coming from the country. But I had no idea that the Dacia cars are cheaper in other countries – that really makes no sense.

    • Hi Calin,

      Thanks for all information. I found this www by Chance when searching for information concerning wages in Romania. The background is that currently I am in charge, to find a person for position of project manager in advertising company. Could you advice average romanian wages at this position at advertising companies as well as best solution to find proper person (Newspaper, web site etc.)?

  4. Interesting!! I love reading about this stuff because the wages are so much higher here in the U.S. and many times we don’t appreciate that. Then again the cost of living is higher in many states as well. Thanks for sharing, C! Hope you had a good holiday!

    • Everything is relative in this life…
      For a lousy one bedroom apartment in the Silicon Valley which is full of asbestos (there are even signs posted on the outside of the building, so you were told and don’t sue if something happens along the way) you pay 2,400 Dollars rent per month which is clean shaved money. On the top of that you’ll pay for garbage, water, electricity, home insurance, cable TV / Internet.
      You also need to eat, dress, make care payments, purchase gasoline, maintain your vehicle, car insurance, car registration, medical insurance, State and Federal Taxes, Disability deductions, etc.
      If you’re single and all these payments are coming out of one single paycheck -BUCKLE UP!

  5. As the Japanese say: “Benkyou shimashita!” or “I have studied and learned” from this article, thank you. Yes, the minimum and average salaries look very low from our perspective in more prosperous countries. But we must remember that the typical Romanian is also very savvy in finding good deals, low rents, etc., and most have an extended “safety net” of family and friends who provide food and monetary assistance if it is needed. Just the bureaucratic grind in Romania would be too much for most go-it-alone retirees, not to mention the difficulty of learning the Romanian language. I am sitting here in my father’s assisted living retirement home in California which is costing him $6000 a month, I kid you not. He is only mildly happy with the service he is getting. Every special request takes days to get fulfilled and the maids spend more time looking at their smart phones than cleaning. I already told you about the cable TV fiasco. Romania would be the ideal country to build up a retirement home industry. You could import all these “golden geezers” who would love the friendly Romanians and the interesting cultural offerings. They would bring money and jobs and probably much higher standards of health care for all Romanians with them. This has happened in Costa Rica and Panama, why not in Romania?

    • Wow, that’s indeed a big amount of money to spend on a monthly basis! Your father has the right to be very picky for that kind of money!

      And I do believe that your proposed business could actually be a good idea for somebody who would have the money to start it up and a nice plan for marketing it outside the country!

  6. Plus, another interesting revelation here. I’ve noticed that not only a few posters here on your blog, but several on other expat forums, where one partner of a couple, is Romanian, and they either currently live in the U.S. or were, and have now decided to go back to Romania to live after years of a successful life here in the U.S.A. This is very telling, and not always just financially motivated. It certainly makes the decision to move to Romania easier, but it seems it’s also about a simpler, more enjoyable life. Many of these couples have been successful enough in America, but making the decision to live the rest of their lives in Romania. This speaks volumes on the broad appeal of a wondrous place like Romania.

  7. Reply to: Teil B Jorgensen
    The ‘Silicon Valley’ of Romania is Cluj from IT perspective, I remember I saw some TV news stating that, the potential is high and the it jobs are growing. There are lots of students that graduate faculties and then they stay in the city,so it’s a young and opened city. Now, what I find funny is that we work in it and earn -average- together and we save each month more than the average in few eu countries .. and we eat what we like, go out and we afford a car.
    There are plenty of jobs in IT and not only on programming, I encourage you to visit and if you like it make it for long term. Young people speak EN and they are quite friendly, most of the time after you start knowing them they are loyal and you keep them for life.
    I would say that the focus is family, that’s because after 8 hours most people leave work instantaneously in 5 minutes the office is 90% empty and still complain we spend too much time at work:) If it was career, than they would spend more time at work, wouldn’t they?
    Some of the reasons for coming could be : low crime rate and building a family, good tasty food, feel free – if you’ll have the curiosity you’ll unravel here the original religion that helps geting closer to God for real (why not mention that), natural landscapes and access to seaside.
    Some of the unpleasant reasons could be: bureaucracy- would lose your patience if you need something from the public representatives, the changing weather, TV shows were you see how rich the politicians are from their ‘ways’, few people from other countries call people ‘gypsy’ unjustly.

  8. Nice article! My wife is Romanian and I’m American. We currently live in the U.S., but, more and more, we are talking about retiring in Romania. So the info you provide here is good to know. Now if I could just discipline myself to learn the Romanian language! We are also practicing Orthodox Christians, so it would be nice to live in an Orthodox country. A concern that I have is this: I like living in a more rural area, in the countryside. But would it be safe outside of the cities? Are the gypsies a concern in the countryside? I know this may sound offensive, but from what I’ve heard from my wife, gypsies can be very dangerous if you are away from the city crowds. Plus, they would not think twice about coming onto your property and stealing your stuff. Is it like that or have things gotten better? Sorry if this offends you.

    • Hello John,

      For most of Romania, knowing the language is not really a must as you can easily get by with English and learn as you go.

      If you want to live in more rural areas, the quality of live and the education level of people will start to go down. The farther you go away from the cities, the bigger the culture shock will be.

      Things have improved a lot in the villages, but I wouldn’t suggest anybody moving to Romania to jump straight into village life. Safety concern should still be considered: people are still extremely poor, so there can be stealing involved. I wrote a bit more about living in a Romanian village here:

      However, you have options. Near the large cities (and even smaller ones), some communities of people wishing to live a more rural life are starting to be formed. It’s basically places close to the city where younger people are buying land, building or rebuilding houses and live there. That could be an option.

    • John, I was born in Romania and got married at 27 to a great guy from OK. I’ve been here for over 20 years, but I visit my siblings and mom every 2 years.
      From what I observed, Romania is much safer than US, you just need to use your best judgment of places you visit but rural towns are actually pretty safe because everyone knows everyone by name and everything, my mom lives in a small town and she knows everyone by name.
      Besides, Romania is absolutely beautiful and full of great places to visit, lots of monasteries, old churches, heavenly places in the mountains that looks almost unreal, great summer vacation places by the Black Sea etc.
      My favorite part about it is that you can get anywhere you want by car within 5-6 hours, depends where you start.

  9. Well
    Guys there is the imaginary economy
    And the truth.
    And the truth is, most countries citizens are suffering with high mortgages,rent levels
    and bad interest rates, with unhelpful banks, and lots of those citizens have to rely on credit.

    So it’s incomparable to say one is better off because houses are more expensive and wages are higher , surely it’s a balance and it usually balances out that we are all much the same.

    Several times I had to take Cialis from official pharmacies, the effect was just great! Well, then I decided to save and ordered Cialis pills over the Internet on It turned out much cheaper because of the discounts. The effect of Cialis tablets was amazing as usual. I’m already starting to get used to it and forget my erection problems.

  10. Comment:I’m from Nepal and I just applied for Romania to work there .there in demand paper we get job offer for beer company and the salary will 500 euros I really very confused is that true salary the agency said or not I want find the minimum salary for beer employment and the agency said if I spend five years in Romania I will legally hold the citizenship of there that makes me to work easily in other European countries.

    • Hello. There are various positions that you can hold in a beer company, so salaries vary. You should pay attention to see if 500 Euros is what you take home or the salary before taxes. If it’s before taxes, the actual salary will be lower.

      Have in mind that even for Romania, 500 Euros is a relatively low salary, especially if you have to pay rent for it. If you have housing and/or some of the food paid for, things will be better. Otherwise, it will be a struggle to make ends meet on this amount.

  11. hi i am filipino working here in dubai. My customer romanian offer me a job in romania to a oil company he offer me 40 dollars a day with free accomodation and food. Sir can I know if the offer is true?

  12. Hello C. the Romanian.

    I am Indian. I am applying for a position at my same employer at Bucharest, Romania. I will bring my family too (wife, 2 children). How is the education system? is it easy to find English medium schools? My motto is not only earning and saving much. I want a peaceful life with decent bank balance. Please give me your opinion.

    • Hello Arun,

      I have answered your message yesterday, but it seems it has magically vanished 🙂 Let me try again.

      Finding schools that teach in English is not difficult, but the prices are high by Romanian standards, going all the way up to 20,000 Euros per year per child. Basically, the older the child, the higher the costs.

  13. I’m an indian mechanical graduate student. You have mentioned heavy industry and oil company, I think I can find my job in there, but how’s the life of people in romania do they like respect outsiders and how much will it cost for a single person to live in there..

  14. Helloo C.The Romanian

    I always had dream to travel to Romania!!! I guess that was a famous girl called Inna at a Tv music channel and I keep following her music then I figured out she is Romanian and after that I found more and more Romanian Artists and singer and more and more falling love with the music since 2010!!! When I moved to Australia I promise myself once I get my citizenship I will travel to Romania and finally I did the trip to Romania about 3 months ago and once I come back from Romania to Australia! I felt like I lost part of myself and I get so homesick in Australia!!! Every day I’m thinking about to come back to Romania ?? but the problem is I don’t have much money to start a decent living! Now I’m looking for a solution to study here in Australia so I can earn good money in Romania and live like a Queen! I don’t know which way to take? Or I thought I stay in Australia and work here to save money and buy a beautiful house in Bucharest? How is the investment in property? I would love to buy a luxury house there with nice high salari! The only thing is to figuring out what to do 🙁 I love Romania so so much it is feel like my original home ? ❤️??

    • Hello Masha,

      I am happy to hear that you enjoy Romania so much. There are indeed a lot of options, including getting a well paying job here, but it all depends on your experience, profession and… a bit of luck 🙂 You could still find some good jobs here, although salaries will never match those in Australia (although the cost of living is much smaller).

      Regarding a luxury property in Bucharest… these can get pretty expensive. The housing market has seen steep increases in prices recently, and decent 3-room (2 bedroom) apartments cost from 60,000 Euros and up. A luxury property could be well over 100,000 and up to 200,000 euros, depending on location and requirements (number of rooms, whether it’s an apartment or a house etc).

      Hopefully this helps a bit at least in terms of planning your next moves.

  15. Hello C. The Romanian

    I think it’s every where in the world are like that! But you know why? If you are not happy living in a country that has the beat salary I would feel not good at all!!!
    Which when I came to Romania and saw the culture and the country has an amazing vibration!!! Now I have committed that I really want to settle in Romani and at this moment I’m doing my best to find something that suits my experience in Romania!!! I am currently studying diploma of aviation in n commercial pilot ?‍✈️ to fly helicopters! Do you think I can find a job that comes with good salary? I also thinking about studying Romanian Language at University! If I find a job as pilot there it will be amazing so I can pay my studies fees as well ?❤️ What do you think? My plan works ? As you can see I am very positive person hehe….
    Would love to hear your opinion about this please ??????

    • Hello Masha,

      I am happy to see that you are indeed extremely positive. Unfortunately, I have no idea about jobs as pilots here in the country – that is surely very specific. I would guess that the salary for that type of job would be really good, too. I am sorry I can’t be more helpful though… 🙂

    • wow. nice to hear this, I accidentally bumped into this blog. A neighbor of mine work on a SMURD helicopter (EMP services), as a pilot he makes 2,000-3,000 EUR depending on your level. They are militarized, so you’d need to join the structure.

  16. hi – I’m doing some research and would like to find out what the average gross wage is for male manual workers in Romania. Do you know that, or do you know how I have find out please?

  17. Hey C,
    Great article.
    I am having more than 6 year experience in a bank and 1 year experience in IT (In Sri Lanka).
    I have a diploma in IT, English and following a higher national diploma as well.
    What will be my chances of getting a job there in Romania. Can you please give me your opinion?.
    And our first language is not English.Will that be a problem ?

    • Hello Roshan! It is really difficult to say. It depends on the city that you would choose to live in – the larger ones would offer better opportunities. Most companies prefer their employees to speak Romanian, but the fact that you already speak English should be a good start. The only way to find out would be to try and apply to a few jobs – is one of the most popular platforms for job seekers in the country.

  18. I plan to pursue PHD degree at ioan cuza iasi university. After i finish my study i want to live and work in romania. How difficult is to find a job for people who hold PHD degree and has 44 years old?

  19. I have been offered an english teaching job with free accomodation and a monthly wage of $1000 Euro. Is this enough to live on in Bucharest?

    • Hello Krystina,

      Since you’d have accommodation taken care of, the money should allow you to live a decent life in Bucharest. Just make sure that it’s the take home salary – if not, what you actually get will be much lower and probably not enough.

    • If accommodation is included as a benefit and we’re talking about take home pay, it is a decent salary. It is above the average wage in Romania and a thrifty person can put some money aside as well being paid 700 euros per month.

  20. Hi Calin, thanks for your interesting and helpful blog posts. We recruit people from across Europe to work with their language skills in one of the many multilingual callcenters in Bucharest. Salaries will generally be at around 900-1000 euro net (take home) plus some additional benefits, especially for people speaking Dutch, German or other hard to find languages. It may even be a bit higher yet not very much. We always tell people, and considering what you write this seems true, this will provide a reasonable and doable standard of living in a city like Bucharest and you should manage to maintain yourself. Do you agree? I always sometimes feel that Romanian people want to convince you that 1000 is even not good enough though, and things like health insurance make a big difference (if you need to go to a hospital be ready to pay extra even if insured…). Also, groceries and clothing is almost same price as in, say, Holland or Germany, I have the impression. I am curious about your thoughts, thanks.

    • Hello Niels,

      Yes, I agree that 1,000 Euros per month can be considered a good salary for people living in Romania. Groceries and food prices are indeed similar to those in Western Europe, but those who plan a bit can still get them for up to 50% less than in the Western countries. Bucharest is a bit more expensive than other cities, but I would still say that such a wage for a callcenter job is very good.

  21. Hi C,

    I’m actually doing research on higher education in Romania. Would you be able to give me a rough idea of how much a university professor makes in Romania? Say, entry level, first year teaching professor, if that helps.

    Thank you for any help you can provide!

    • Hello,

      After a bit of research, I found that the salary for an entry level teacher would be somewhere around 4.670 lei (a bit over 1,000 Euros), going up to around 6,000 lei for those with 6 years of teaching behind them.

  22. Hey Calin,
    Too bad I’m not 40 years younger!;-)
    I’d jump into the oil extraction or heavy industry field–ha, ha!
    (Too stupid for IT!;-))
    Any great wall needed in Romania? Sheesh! The USA has gone nutso!
    Hope all is well with you and yours,
    ~Teil (2019)

    • Hi c,I am shohel, how are you, i want to come rumania and work super-shop , and salary want to pay 500 Euro, and accommodation company, so Mr c just i want to know this salary Enough for me?please advice me.

    • Shohel, I discussed this in a previous comment. It’s not a lot of money to live on, actually as we’re talking about the minimum salary in the country (or at least very close to it).

      BUT if this the take-home salary (NET salary), if you have accommodation paid for and the food paid for as well, it will definitely be more than enough. Even without food paid for, the amount could be enough for you to live here, although you won’t afford many luxuries, most likely.

  23. Two things you got wrong: the minimum wage even in dollars is not lower than the one in 2018 and the average wage is higher than what you described in there.
    If we compare the USD to RON conversion rate of January 3rd 2018 to the one on January 3rd 2019 we’ll find out that in 2018 it was 3.86. We divide 1162 ( the minimum net salary back then) by 3.86 and the result is 301 dollars. Then we take 1263 ( the minimum net salary now) and we divide it with the conversion rate of 3rd January 2019, which is 4.10. The result is 308 dollars. So although the wage increase was almost completely erased by the increase in the conversion rate it is still a few dollars higher. Even with the current rate of 4.18 the minimum net wage is 302, so higher. So people earn higher than in 2018. Stop trying to paint the picture as if we’re moving backwards instead of advancing.
    Secondly, the net average wage in December 2018, the last month INS has data for, was 2957 lei, or 4938 lei, the gross one. If we divide that by 4.65, the conversion rate in December 2018 for the euro and 4.08, the conversion rate for the dollar we find out that the average wage in Romania is 636 euros or 725 dollars, much higher than what you described in there. Please actualize the information so you don’t spread false data across such a vast group of people, since I’ve seen a lot of foreigners follow your blog. It would be nice to actualize the data for the top 5 paying industries as well. You can find them here:
    And to further compare, in 2013 the net salary was 1760 lei, and if we convert the sum with the conversion rates back then we get 396 euros and (surprisingly!) 542 dollars. Though we need to focus on the euro value since Romania aligns itself with the international markets through the euro, not the dollar. That mean that we earn with 340 euros more than 5 years ago, which is a 85% increase over the course of 5 years. ( it will be 100 % at in the mid of 2020 based on projections). So we are going in the right direction and we are richer and richer by the day.

    • 1. I only compared the data with the one that I had in this article before updating it. I was always using averages and based on my calculations, these are the results. We could go and take inflation into account and that decrease would be even higher, but we won’t do that as these things happen in more countries, not just in Romania. It was more of a fun fact though, especially as exchange rates are not set in stone.

      2. The average salary is, just as its name suggests, an average: we can’t take the highest paying month (December 2018) and consider it an average for the entire year. We need to add all months, divide by 12 and get the average. This is how things go.

      However, as I said in the article, both the average wages and minimum salary have gone up a lot in the past several years and hopefully they will keep going up. I will look into changing the numbers for the top paying industries, though, as those were indeed 2016 values at the moment of writing this comment (and as mentioned in the article)

      I am really happy to read a comment from a fellow Romanian too and I am even more thrilled to hear that you are happy with the direction the country is heading to and you feel richer and richer day by day. Hopefully this will attract more skilled workers and keep home the huge numbers of people leaving Romania for better paying jobs and better lives.

      • In April, the highest earning month of the year so far, the salaries have been 660 euros or 739 dollars – another increase. Next year during the same time I’m expecting them to reach at least 700 euros. We’ll see after December 2019.

    • “That mean that we earn with 340 euros more than 5 years ago, which is a 85% increase over the course of 5 years. ( it will be 100 % at in the mid of 2020 based on projections). So we are going in the right direction and we are richer and richer by the day.”

      Yea right, my ass. what an amount of bull***t seriously

      • Do you have a problem with the truth, or you like to bathe in self-loathing and never see the good side of life? In this case represented by that statistic

  24. C, I miss the column that showed recent comments. I would check this page regularly to see if anyone had new comments or concerns worth reading. Can you add that to your opening page? Perhaps it is still here somwhere?? Opening page is good. I would not say it is a lot better it is just different. I would not change it a lot as most people dislike change. You are still doing a great job and thanks for this blog!! 🙂


    • I always wondered if people actually care about the recent comments or not. They are now once again available in the sidebar, on all pages. I know design-related changes are the most difficult to accept as things you’re used with work the best, but some upgrades had to be made and with them came the changes. At least they don’t happen too often…

  25. hello , what about the job placement for Nepalese? Is it easy for human resource companies like ours get easily tied up with companies of Romania ?what are the chances and field of increasing the visa rate and in which field manpower get easy visa ?

  26. Enjoyed this very much i have many friends in Romania and love the country. I have actually been going there since the year 2000. So i have seen alot of change. I have been wondering about the changes in the salary but it was hard to find any statistics. Good article i enjoyed it very much

  27. Hi Calin,

    Can you tell us what the average nurse makes in Romania? As in, hospital nurse? I imagine there would be a big difference in wages (state hospitals vs private).

    • The base salary stars at around 520 Euros (take home), but there are many factors that can increase it, from studies to how long the person has worked in the field, and other bonuses (nigh shifts and so on). Unfortunately, I don’t know the situation in private hospitals, but it would make sense for the salaries to be higher.

  28. Hi.. My name is clarissa i am from philippines and my husband is from bangladesh we want to apply for work permit in romania.. Is it hard or ..easy??

    Please reply.. We appriciate

    • Hello Clarisse. If you have a job offer, it should be very easy to get the work permit and in this case, it’s the company that does it all for you. But you do need the job offer/contract first.

    • I’m sorry what? Maybe you consider it cheap because foreigners get bigger salaries if they come to work here, or they have great retirement income. But let me tell you this, as a person who’s lived in Germany and Romania, the differences for food and household products ARE NONEXISTENT. Better yet I’d say I found some of the same products in Germany cheaper. Not to mention that brands like Syos for example(and every other product brand out there) make the products for Romania very sh***y compared to the ones for France or Germany or any other “high class country”,and they sell them at the same prices? And to top it off, do some research on the minimum wages in other countries of the EU. In Germany it.s 1.500€ in Romania it.s 450€ :))) exsqueeze me? Let.s talk about rent now. Rent in Germany Berlin, around 350-650€; rent in Romania Bucharest, around 350-700€. And I.m talking about a 2 bedroom decent apartment and in decent areas. Oh and to top it off, Romania’s living rooms are considered bedrooms so in reality you get a one bedroom apartment with livingroom. So, make me understand with our current salaries, how is living cheaper when I, with a 1k€ salary barely cover all my living expenses?

  29. Hello Sir,

    I am a Filipino citizen, me and my wife both applied to a Romanian company for fruit packaging job and the Company already secured our job, then we ourselves secured entry visa for Romania which is a work permit visa. We are 3 years experienced workers (from EPZA Cavite Philippines) and our salary is 2600 RON, with free accommodation provided by the Company itself ..

    However the only problem is, we have 2 kids, our son Stephen is 4 years and daughter Ashlyn is 3 years old and our employer company in Romania saying us that they CANNOT provide us any guarantee that we can take our children with us in Romania, because our children are NOT 18 years old yet so they cannot get a work permit visa and cannot travel to Romania with us, which is kinda disappointing for us right now ..

    Dear Sir our question is to you, when will we get the permanent residency permit? When will we be able to take our kids in Romania? Because our ultimate plan is to stay in Romania forever as a whole family.

    Take Care,


  30. I’m trying to go to Romania Work permit visa. it could be construction visa. after go to threre i want change my profession. it is possible? and how much salary a foreign construction worker. i have no experience in construction work. I am graduated.

  31. If i go to Romania for work permit visa. Can i go to Sarbia, Hungary and others schengen countries for visiting. I’m Bangladeshi.

  32. Dear C the Romanian
    I simply want to tell you that I am impressed with your knowledge and answers you gave out. You seem to be very eloquent in English too. I think you are a very interesting person. I hope I get to meet you some day. I grew up in Romania but it has been almost 14 years since my last visit I miss Romania very much. I pray daily that I get another chance to visit Romania again. Right now it looks impossible to me to visit (there are so many factors involved) however I have faith that I will visit again my native country. Romania is truly a wonderful place.

  33. I find it really annoying that I read the {your} articles, it just keep saying Average Salary is..yada yada..BUT You Never say for what TIME period! OK, so you do once, you say MONT! FINALLY! This is the 2nd article of yours talking about $ in Romania..& just now I see, but only in ONE reference- MONTH! ..are all the ‘Other’ $ amounts, pert Month too? Per Year..per WEEK!>?? gahh…but thnx u for your service! grrr..:) ffs

    • In Romania, salaries are calculated and paid monthly, not per year or per week and as far as I knew most people have things like “monthly budgets” and calculate everything on a monthly basis – you pay bills monthly, subscriptions are generally monthly… even Netflix is paid once per month. Plus in most of Europe (if not everywhere), salaries are paid monthly, so I didn’t really think that I really had to insist on this matter. But I will make sure to make it a bit more clear in the future that I’m talking about monthly wages.

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