'What are your salary expectations for this job?’ makes up the closing question of every recruiter. Being an international, you lack a sense of the average salary in Spain. Yet, setting a realistic salary expectation is key to a fruitful negotiation.
With this guide, you'll find your value in the job market in Spain in no time:
Taking a peek at other countries puts the average salary in Spain around the midfield of Europe. With an average salary of €2,710, Spain comes in 12th place; below England at €2,389 and above Cyprus at €1,939.
As an employee in Spain, you can expect a salary increase of 8 per cent every 17 months.”
Needless to say, the median wage gives you only a benchmark of what you can expect. In the end, your gross salary depends on various factors:
Level of education
Your pay rate will increase as you gain work experience. As a guideline, you can imagine that with two to five years of work experience, you will earn an average of 32 per cent more than an entry-level employee.
With more than five years of experience, you will earn an average of 36 per cent more. As soon as you reach the 10-year mark, your average salary will increase by 21 per cent. After fifteen years, you can expect another 14 per cent increase.
Your level of education remains a decisive argument for your salary in a job interview.
Take these figures as a reference for your monthly income:
|Education Level||Higher salary in %|
|Diploma or certificate||+ 17% more than high school diploma|
|Bachelor's Degree||24% more than with certificate only|
|Master's degree||29% more than Bachelor's Degree|
|PhD||23% more than Master's Degree|
It's 2021 and you might think gender should no longer (negatively) influence salary. And yet, it continues to emerge that women earn on average 4 per cent less in Spain than their male counterparts.
Don't use this factor as an indicator to settle on your gender-determined salary. Instead, use it as an incentive to get to the same level as men as a woman.
Which is the best-paid job in Spain? If you base your career choice on salary, you should choose these jobs:
The average salary in Spain varies based on your location. While you will earn an average of € 3,130 in the metropolis Barcelona, you can expect an average salary of € 2,910 in Málaga.
Don't forget: the cost of living in Barcelona is higher than in Málaga.
Employee rights are a top priority in Spain. So, Spain has introduced the eighth highest minimum wage out of 22 European countries to ensure that workers in Spain receive a fair wage.
In 2021, the minimum wage in Spain is € 1,108.03 per month.”
Calculated over 12 months, you should earn € 13,300.
On average, employees in Spain earn € 2,710 gross per month. Keep in mind that this represents the average: 25 per cent of the population makes less than €1,600 and 75 per cent earns less than €7,090.
Your career choice is the determining factor for your true average salary. So how much should you earn in your career field in Spain?
|Job Title||Average Salary in Spain|
|Financial Analyst||€ 3,510|
|Office Manager||€ 2,560|
|Creative Director||€ 2,790|
|Graphic Designer||€ 1,880|
|Aerospace Engineer||€ 3,680|
|Bank Branch Manager||€ 5,130|
|Project Manager||€ 3,440|
|Business Analyst||€ 3,620|
|Business Development Manager||€ 4,320|
|Construction Project Manager||€ 4,610|
|Customer Service Representitive||€ 1,210|
|Project Manager||€ 3,240|
|Waiter/ Waitress||€ 1,030|
|Human Resources Manager||€ 4,150|
|Sales Manager||€ 4,600|
Depending on your lifestyle, you will have different expectations of a comfortable life.
While in Barcelona you need a little more money to live on average, you need less money to live on in the suburbs of a city.
As a rule of thumb, you should expect an average of about €900 to live in Spain.