What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Romania in 2021?

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.

But what about those looking to move to Romania to 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. (We’re talking about monthly salary – just to be clear.)

In my opinion, this paints a better and clearer picture of the country as a whole: by knowing the minimum and average salary in Romania, 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.

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 earn the average salary, you will be able to live a good life here in the country.

With the year 2020 being such a crazy one – and with 2021 still feeling the side-effects, we’re not seeing a spectacular increase in salaries in Romania, at least not similar to the previous years. But any increase is better than nothing, right?

UPDATE: This article was initially published in January 2017, but it has been rewritten and updated ever since to keep up with the increasing salaries in Romania – and I will continue to keep it up to date.

What is the minimum wage in Romania in 2021?

Until the end of 2018, things were pretty simple regarding the minimum wage in the country. We only had one minimum salary, and it was really low.

Now, things are a bit more complicated because there are THREE types of minimum salaries, depending on the experience level, studies each individual has, but also the field of work.

Therefore, the minimum salary structure in Romania is like this at the moment:

1. We have a general minimum salary of 1,386 Lei (which is around 285 Euros).

We’re talking about the net / 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.

The Gross minimum salary is 2,300 Lei. The minimum salary was increased by 40 lei (8 Eur) compared to 2020.

2. There is also a second-tier minimum salary in Romania for those who have completed college AND have 1 year of experience in the field: 1,413 Lei Net (around 290 Euros) – this is unchanged compared to 2019 and 2020, but around 5 Euros lower than last year, in reality, due to the exchange rate fluctuations.

The Gross salary for this category is 2,350 Lei.

3. Finally, we have a much larger salary for those working in construction: 2362 RON (around 485 Euros) – also unchanged from 2019 & 2020.

The gross salary here is 3,000 Lei per month in 2021.

These three salaries do complicate things a little bit in my opinion, but the change has been made already and apparently it works.

The main reason behind this change is to separate construction workers from the rest and offer better paying jobs to them, in order to reduce the job shortages.

Romania is bleeding workers who move to Western European countries, searching for better paying jobs.

By increasing the minimum salaries this much (yes, they were WAY lower a few years ago), the government hopes to keep workers at home – but it’s a difficult task since they are still way under what other countries in Europe are paying.

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 just 1,250 RON, then it was increased to 1,450 RON before getting to 1,900 RON in 2018 before 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 1,386 Lei for no studies / experience, 1,413 Lei for graduates with 1 year experience and 2,362 Lei for construction workers.

Currently, according to statistics, 1.4 million Romanians earn the minimum salary, out of around 7 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 highs each day, so in actual buying power things haven’t changed as much.

But this still resulted in an increased quality of life for those living on a minimum wage, even though things have slowed down a bit during the craziness that surrounds the years 2020 and 2021.

What is the average wage in Romania in 2021?

An interesting thing about the average salary in Romania in 2021 is this: even though the minimum wages have seen spectacular increases in the past few years, the average wages didn’t follow the same trend.

This makes sense, because average salaries are not regulated. And even with 2020 being such a strange year, average wages in Romania went up.

Back to actual values, the average take-home salary in Romania in 2021 is around 3,300 RON per month (675 Euros).

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 some 50 Euros – one of the biggest increases in recent years. It’s interesting to note that the average salary has more than doubled since 2013.

And despite 2020 bringing such a financial mess, it’s really encouraging to see that salaries are still going up.

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 under 1,500 Euros per month as a family of three living in the provinces in a smaller city, but larger ones might need more money.

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 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.

If you don’t want to, then I would have to say that for a foreigner moving here, the average take-home wage (685 Euros/month) would not be enough to live a decent life, if you have to pay for accommodation.

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).

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 even though things are changing here, many industries are left behind.

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 teachers must meet (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!

Also, there is an increasing demand for workers in the construction field, with decent salaries to follow (although still not the highest in the country).

With these in mind, let’s check out some of the best paid jobs in Romania. The salaries below are average amounts from 2020, so they might be a bit higher in 2021.

1. IT: 17,000 Lei (3,500 Euros per month for a Senior Software Dev)
2. Oil extraction: 9,000 lei (1,845 Euros per month)
3. Engineering: 7,300 Lei (1,500 Eur/month)
4. Banking: 5,859 Lei (1.200 Eur/month)
5. Heavy industry: 5,000 Lei (1.025 Euros per month)

Other jobs that pay well include:

Truck Driver: 4,500 RON (940 Eur)
Marketing: 4,500 RON (940 Eur)
BPO: 4,150 Lei (800 Euros per month)
Engineering: 4,000 RON (835 Eur)

Have in mind that these are just averages and estimates and actual salaries that a company is willing to pay can be very different from the values above.

Wrapping up

Hopefully knowing the minimum and average salary in Romania in 2021 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 have data from various industries or any comments to make that will help us all better understand the system in Romania, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts below.

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71 thoughts on “What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Romania in 2021?”

  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.

  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.

        • Were did you get these prices from? In Romanai the cheapest Sandro is 7700 €, which is less than 7000 BP, current price for the same in UK.

    • 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. 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!

  5. 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.

    • Hello Jc.glad to see that we are not alone!my wife is Romanian and I am French American looking seriously making the jump currently living in the US .we often feel that the world is becoming to small around us we ear about corruption in Romania well I am failing to comprehend the differences with are system??we are are going next month to look for properties around Constanta .luckily for us my wife owns an apartment in Bucharest ,looking forward to a more relax life

  6. 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.

  7. 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: https://www.romaniaexperience.com/why-living-in-a-romanian-village-might-not-be-the-thing-for-you/

      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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    • This is up to you to decide, but what I can say is that it would be a very good salary by Romanian standards. To compare, as a family of three we spend around $1,500 per month for a decent life here (but not paying rent/mortgage).

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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,


  19. 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.

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

    • Foysol, you can can change your profession once you arrive in Romania and while you work in construction – with no prior experience – you will probably get the minimum wage listed in this article.

      Regarding the other question – no, you can’t visit other countries with a Romanian visa.

  21. 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.

  22. Excellent post, with 2020 figures. i don’t know where you find the time to keep these posts up to date. i still have 2011 posts I need to refresh! Keep up the good work. its good to see that you have so many readers too. In case it helps, I wrote a guide for ex-pats/repats moving to Bucharest, with links to find say, apartment prices by area, cheapest gym membership (by far, this is fitpass.ro, outstanding site, does for fitness what uber does for travel), social groups such as Expats in Bucharest, various meetups etc. If anything needs adding, feel free to let me know as it needs revising regularly. https://blog.whitemountain.ro/2019/12/new-to-bucharest-toolkit-eveerything-you-need-to-know-to-get-settled/

    • It’s not easy keeping all these numbers (and articles) updated, but I’m doing my best. There’s a long list that needs updating, but I’m taking them one at a time. Thanks for sharing your resource, it’s definitely going to be helpful to people planning to move to Bucharest.

  23. How much is scope for IT in Romania. How much one should earn with 15+ years of experience in IT. Above 20,000k in Romanian currency per month ?

  24. Average wage in Romania was in the last month of 2019 3340 RON or 702 EUR, which means that in 2020 it will be even higher, as it always has. Just wait for March to see the INS statistic. If you want to write about the 2019 salary don’t title your article ‘What’s the average wage in 2020’ since we don’t really know what the average wage is yet. In 2020. Anyway. The problem is not with the average wage, which grows consistently, but with the minimum one which should be at least 50% of the average one. Also the growth is not spectacular whatsoever in the case of the minimum wage. Only 7.2%. When the average wage grew at least 13% each month (with the exception of, of course, December). Good job other than that.

    • I am constantly updating this article throughout the year(s) and it will always have the latest data available. I’m looking at more stable stats when deciding the average wage – creating the average of the past 12 months and not looking just at the past month. While it is correct that the average salary might be a bit higher or lower, it’s still as close to reality as possible in my opinion.

      • You said the average wage was 625 Euros in 2020; that value was correct only lets say until March 2019, other than that it grew past it. The closest data we have for 2020 is the December 2019 one which is 702 Euros. So my problem is that the difference is quite high, over 75 Euros. All the best.

  25. Hello sir.
    I’m from in nepal
    Now I’m now work in mainetti company ..sibiu
    Sir. I need the one information our salary
    I think .the company cheat me
    Our first contract paper $520/month
    But …now company only gives to $480
    Sir …piz help me
    Sir i need your help

  26. My wife and I are currently living in Constanta Romania. We are able to cover all our expenses (food, rent, utilities, phone, internet, public transport, etc.) for less than 1000 EUR per month. A family of two can survive here for 1000 EUR per month, but for a living standard comparable to western European countries, you probably will need a little extra.

    The average net salary in Romania (2020) is around RON 3180 (Source: Romanian-Insider.com). My wife and I each spend on average RON 3700 per month (765 EUR), slightly more than the average net salary. That pays for a comfortable but relatively simple life with very little luxury.

    The minimum rent here for a small apartment is typically around 3000 RON. Groceries can be quite expensive if you do not pay attention to prices (buying international brands from expensive grocery shops), but it is much cheaper if you know where to shop.

  27. I live in Brasov with my girlfriend in my own apartment and only one of us is working at the moment. I don’t have to pay rent . The average costs we have per month are (taking into account food, utilities, bills and miscellaneous) are around 2500 per month (maybe 2800 RON in the winter season, 2200 RON in the summer). This translates to around 508 euros on average per month.

    Honestly this is around what you need, in my mind, not only to survive but to live a comfortable life (going out in the week-ends – well not so much with COVID now, but you get the point – ordering food 75 of the time from various restaurants and some other activities which include various costs).

    Of course if we would stop ordering food so much and not buy so many sodas we could probably cut our expenses to something around 2000 RON per month on average. Which for 2 people seems like a great deal to me.

    I also believe Romania is a great place to live in. Call me nationalistic, but I feel like there’s so much potential in this medium-sized country. Of course we don’t have the salaries or GDP like in Western Europe or North America but we are catching up. And quickly. The highest ever average recorded wage was in December 2020, with 3620 RON or 743 EUR (at the conversion rate of that time). In March 2021 it was around 728 EUR, and since I’ve been observing the trends in wages (December 2016), the average salary in Romania this year will probably be something around 3600 RON or 731 EUR, which is great in my mind. If only the government would rise the minimum wage as well to be at least 50% of the real average wage that would be great. It would help around 1.4 million people to get out of relative poverty. But I’m going off the subject.

    I like the blog, keep up the good work.

    • Excellent stuff, Alexandru! Thanks for sharing these with us – especially the cost of living details. I will also share that part of your comment on my cost of living article as it will surely help a lot of people understand how cheap Romania can really be!


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