What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Romania in 2022?

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 move 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 and work here? In today’s article, we’ll cover that aspect by looking at the monthly minimum wage in Romania, as well as the monthly 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, you will know both where your level of income would place in rapport to the average Romanian, but also what to expect from the job 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 at least earn the average salary, you will be able to live a good life here in the country.

With the year 2021 being such a crazy one with massive inflation and everything else – and with 2022 still feeling the side-effects, we’re seeing some interesting movement on the salary market as well.

While the increase in overall earnings here are not as spectacular as they were prior to 2020, we still talk about increases which are always better than nothing, right?

UPDATE: This article was initially published in January 2017, but it has been rewritten and updated ever since, every year, 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 2022?

The minimum salary in Romania in 2022 is 2,550 Lei gross or 1,524 Lei net. This means that somebody on minimum wages would bring home around 310 Euros each month.

This is a small increase compared to last year’s minimum salary which was 2,350 lei gross and around 1,413 Lei Net (or 290 Euros).

This means that, compared to last year, the minimum wage in Romania has increased by around 20 Euros or around 7%, which is basically on par with the official inflation.

Last year, we actually had three different tiers of minimum salaries, but fortunately the government decided to switch to a single minimum wage as it makes more sense.

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 in the near future.

Romania is still bleeding workers who move to Western European countries, searching for better paying jobs and minimum wages have been increased a lot over the past several years, even though the numbers might still seem pretty low.

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. Since then, the growth has been a bit slower, but any growth is better than none.

In conclusion, the take home minimum wage in Romania is around 310 Euros per month (or 1,524 lei) but companies are only allowed to pay the minimum wage for a maximum of 24 months before being obliged by law to increase it.

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.

I would go as far as say that, with such a high inflation rates in 2021 (although officially we’re at around 7.5%), the buying power decreased a lot.

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 2022?

An interesting thing about the average salary in Romania in 2022 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 and 2021 being such strange years, average wages in Romania kept going up.

Back to actual values, the average take-home salary in Romania in 2022 is around 3,500 Lei per month (around 705 Euros). This is an increase of around 200 Lei compared to last year. The Gross Salary is around 6,000 Lei (yup, that much goes to taxes!)

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 some 40 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 2021 bringing such a financial mess, it’s really encouraging to see that salaries are still going up both average and minimum wages.

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 (705 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 2022.

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 2022 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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28 thoughts on “What Is the Minimum and Average Salary in Romania in 2022?”

  1. 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

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  2. 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).

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    • 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.

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  3. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • It does make sense because it’s about offer and demand. I am from Romania and I would love Dacia to be cheaper here, but it is what it is. It’s because the salaries are not that high and we can only afford (most of the time anyway) cheap cars like Dacia. And because if that, the demand is really high here and in other poor countries (like Russia)

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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 ?

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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    • 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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  8. 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

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  9. Hello, I am applying for a job in Romania from China. The employer is responsible for taxes and insurance, as well as accommodation and meals, and pays me 1,000 Euros every month. Can I live well in Bucharest?

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  10. Hello, I am a Romanian by birth, leaving abroad for 20+ years, in fact, changing several countries in Western Europe.
    I see a comment above regarding corruption and bureaucracy. Well, I do not believe 1 second those being true or higher than other countries.
    I leave in France right now, and I can assure you bureaucracy is higher than in Romania. Besides, I see nobody mentioning security in Romania, probably the highest in Europe.
    Regarding wages, the following: at large city, living standard for a upper range salary is one of the best in Europe. Indeed, it is negatively compensated by small city and village, well beyond Western European standards.
    You take your partner out Saturday and have a great evening on any large city for. 40- 60Euro, with drinks, 3 course dinner… it would be 150Euro in France or Italy, Barcelona or Madrid. Up to 400Euro in Norway.

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  11. ” 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. ”
    I really hope you are just joking here.
    Who and where did you ever see this in Romania?
    We get 350 euros a month working like animals on 12-14 h shifts 5-6 days a week.
    USA avarage is around 4000$ with 10h work 4 days a week, PS5 costs 500$
    Romania avarage is around 500 hardly and the PS4 costs 800$, not to mention the hard work we do and the hugely hours we make.
    Friendly advice, just don’t come in this country.

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  12. Hi. It is my understanding that there are a large amount of online ‘models’ based in Romania. I wonder if they are likely to earn closer to the minimum wage or if their earnings are better than that?
    I am a social scientist who is currently researching the adult industry and am interested in earnings. I found your article very enlightening about the general income and living costs in the country and if I can find specifics regarding my area of study that would be fantastic!

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    • Yes, this is a booming industry in the country and the people working there usually earn way more than the average Romanian makes per month. You can search for job postings online and you’ll see that salaries usually start at around 1,500 Euros per month.

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  13. Hi, my company is thinking of employing a remote project manager (for translation services) and we have had applications from people in Romania, what would be a good, above-average salary for this type of job? It would be full time, Monday to Friday. Thanks in advance.

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    • one salary is not enough at all. not even two, especially if u have kids and if u want to live a life where u have enough food at home for everyone.

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