What is a good salary in Poland?


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By Wallace - Posted on
11 May 2017
What would a basic good salary be in Warsaw for an expat who's used to medium-range living with the odd luxury thrown in?
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A "good" salary in Poland is a fairly subjective topic, but if we're generalizing - which we are, then I would say 5000 PLZ is a good amount for an expat to earn who's looking for good accommodation in the city centre and a bit extra to enjoy themselves with or to save.

You'll find yourself paying at least 2000 PLZ for decent digs in prime proximity to everything, and then you can anticipate spending about 800 PLZ on food, 100 to 200 PLZ on utilities and another 150 PLZ on transport (counting on a mixture of public and private transport).

If you want a car and have a fetish for eating out, you would probably need to earn a salary of 6000 to 7000 PLZ per month in Warsaw.
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Hi, I am Asian & post graduate engineer with 10 years experience. I have got opportunity in Poland. What would be the salary per month based on above qualification/experience.

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Are we talking 5000 net to?

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Hi All, would 8000 net PLN is enough for a single person to live in studio flat in central Warsaw?

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Attempting some answers to the above questions:

"Hi, I am Asian & post graduate engineer with 10 years experience. I have got opportunity in Poland. What would be the salary per month based on above qualification/experience."

Depends a lot on the company I think - international or Polish. If I were you I'd consider what you would require as a minimum income to be happy (see above answers from Stephanie and my answers below) and work from there when you negotiate.

"Are we talking 5000 net to?"

Yes.

"Hi All, would 8000 net PLN is enough for a single person to live in studio flat in central Warsaw?"

Yes. You should be able to live comfortably with 8000 net, this would even be enough for a small family with more modest spending.

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Earning €3,000 a month would cover the cost of living in gdansk? What about a couple with no children? I'm a none EU resident as well

This is about 12000 zl per month. It is enough even if the couple has 2-3 children

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an employer called me a week ago for a vacancy in Krakow , he is asking for a salary expectation.

I'm non EU resident and married as well and i earn around 4000$ in my country, could you please help me ?

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Ahmad, I would try to ask back what they are willing to offer. Assuming Krakow has around the same living costs as in Warsaw, you need minimum 5-7000 PLN net monthly (I'm not sure about the tax level so I can't say what you should have in total salary) depending on what kind of housing and lifestyle you want. 4000 USD is between 12000 and 13000 PLN so if I were you I wouldn't want to accept a significant salary reduction. Perhaps you could just inform them of your current salary level?

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Hi all, I have been offered a position with a large international company in Poland. In the IT industry. The position will be for a IT Manager. What would be a good salary.

I am married with 2 Children.

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In poland good solary is 1000euro.
The average salary is about 300 euro.standard of living is tragic

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what is bad sallary in poland :-)?

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Hi all,
I've been offered a net salary of 8000PLN netto in Bydgoscz for the post of an IT Engineer. would it be enough to survive for a family(Indian) of 3?

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I'm a polish bloke who had to leave Poland in 2004 because of a tragic economic situation. 8000zl/net/month is a 'dream' of vast majority of Poles. Average polish monthly pay is 1500-2000zl/net. Enjoy your stay in Poland!:D

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Hello everyody! Can you please advise me if a salary of 650 euro/month net would be enaugh for living in Lodz. Thank you in advance!

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Good Day All,

I have been offered a Salary of 14500 Zloty Gross. I am not an EU Citizen, and I am married and have 2 Children. Will that be sufficient to provide for my family?

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What is the Salary i shud be asking to the recruiter for the job opportunity which i am getting in warsaw,poland.

I am an Indian,(single) , How is considered as a good deal for a Senior software engineer post for SAP Testing after the deduction of tax and other things..

How much monthly income shoud i demand ?Please help

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Hi to you all.
I am in Poland, Warsaw, for 4 months now working for an international company, and I can share with you the following:

- rent in a good district, new flat,modern, with all the admin charges included is about 2 300 zl/ mth(Internet & cable included);
- public transportation - 100 zl/mth;
- phone expenses (SIM card with Play allowing you to have free, unlimited conversation with Play users) - 50 zl for 3 months;
- meals - lunch in cantine - around 15 zl/ in the restaurant 25 - 50 zl/ based on your preferences;
- food/ week for 1 person(vegetables, fruits, eggs, bread, wine, eggs, cheese, meat, juice, water) - around 100 zl;
- taxi - 8 zl + 2.4 zl/hm;
The expenses exposed before are basic, so, I can say that 3000 zl is the minimum for a person living on standard level. Of course, anything above that is more than welcome.

2 more things - gas price (I saw this evening) - 5.49 zl/l and the kindergarten for kids is between 1000 - 1500 zl/ mth.

Good luck,
Mihaela

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For Krakow around 8.000 PLN after the taxes is enough?

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Hi Everyone,

I would like to say that if you have a family and want to rent an appartament in Warsaw, you hve to spend for it at least 2500 PLN / month. For food/transport/fun I spend around 1300 PLN/month so you can count it for you. The price of living are same for all big cities in Poland ( Gdansk,Poznan,Lodz,Krakow,Wroclaw,Katowice,Szczecin) The differences are in prices of appartaments ( Warsaw - 2500 PLN ( 2 rooms with fees ) the rest of the country it is like 2000PLN/everything.

If you want to rent a room it is of course cheaper -700-1000 PLN/Warsaw, 600-700 PLN/the rest

Hope that it will be usefull for you guys ;)

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Hello,

I have a wife and one kid. I have a job offerred at 5100 zloty net. Is it enough for living in Krakow? I would like to rent a clean apartment with two bedrooms, near some bus/train station, dining out once a week, pay bills (internet, phone, TV, gas, electric...), buy food, drinks, clothing and others enough for my family. How much will I pay in a month? Any responses are really appreciated.

Van.

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Hi all, please read the previous posts before asking a new question!

It seems to me that this topic has been quite well explained. To summarize:

- You need around 4-5000 PLN net to cover the living costs in a city for a single person, with an apartment not in the exact downtown but quite close, not in the suburbs. This is twice the average Polish salary.

- To have a comfortable life with a family (2 children), around 8000 PLN/month net is OK. This is my situation.

- With e.g. 10 000 PLN/month net you can afford a larger apartment and a good standard of living with 2-3 children. This salary is 3-5 times more than what the average Polish person earns.

- With 12 000 PLN/month net you can choose between an even larger apartment, a better (more expensive) location or more money to spend on lifestyle.

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Hi, Please help me what is the good salary for IT (mid ware computer) person. I am married and 2 kids.

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Hello, I have been offered a job as a proofreader in an international company in Krakow and I need to make a salary proposal. I am University graduate, very experienced professional in the field, I wonder what would be the appropriate salary in order to relocate and start a new life. Any suggestions are more than welcome! Thank you

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I am about to get an offer to work as an Hr Administrator in Poznan. I live in Portugal. How much should I ask? I have a more than comfortable living and would like to have the same lifestyle

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I have received an offer to work in a IT company in Wroclaw and the salary range according to them is between 10.000 PLZ and 13.000 PLZ.
I am from Brazil, have a wife and a little baby. As a Senior level and more than 10 years experience What Would be enough to live in Wroclaw with my wife and Baby? Would I be able to rent a house/apt downtown and a life having a car (just in case) to able to travel and so on?

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Hello all,

I have been offered 5500 pln in Krakow. Please let me know will it sufficient in Krakow city, I am from India. I know this question is already been asked in this forum but that is old data. I will be joining in 2017, so please provide updated info.

Thanks in advance

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I think it would be a bit of a tight squeeze living on that salary. You can see some cost of living data by clicking here - also try looking up Krakow on cost of living websites like Numbeo and Expatistan.
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Thanks for information Meagan,

My salary is still under discussion, please advice how much will be sufficient(after taxation), if want to save atleast 2000 PLN.
Considering I will be moving alone and ready for shared accomodation.

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Dear All,

I have over 5years exp in IT and I have been offerred 6000PLN net in hand, I am asking 8000PLN in hand.
As per current cost of living, If I am planning to save at least 2500PLN how much will be a good take home salary? I am from India and I will be moving as a bachelor to Poland by May 2017 for a long onsite period of approx 2years.

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I have 5+ years of experience in accounts payable , what is the salary i can expect to stay in Warsaw.

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