Hungary Salary Guide

Posted by | March 10, 2015 | General

The salary guide for 2015 conducted by the recruitment specialists Reed is out with a great infographic about the Hungarian job market and an interactive map with average salary indications by sector, industry and role. As for the location you can choose several countries but unfortunately not dig deeper into Hungary so that you can compare cities vs country side for example. But lets have a look at average salaries in Hungary in different positions and sectors.

Average Salary in Hungary

RoleSectorIndustryMonthly avg gross salary
Marketing ManagerSales & MarketingMarketing875.000 HUF
Compliance SpecialistAccounting & FinanceBaning / Insurance680.000 HUF
Automation EngineerEngineeringEngineering575.000 HUF
ReceptionistExecutive SupportExecutive Support215.000 HUF
HR DirectorHRHR1.250.000 HUF
HR AdvisorHRHR 400.000 HUF
HR ConsultantHRHR500.000 HUF
IT Help Desk L1Customer ServiceShared Services350.000 HUF
IT Help Desk L2Customer ServiceShared Services500.000 HUF
Customer Service managerCustomer ServiceShared Services800.000 HUF
Sales ManagerSales Sales & Marketing950.000 HUF
Sales DirectorSales Sales & Marketing1.400.000 HUF
IT Project ManagerTechnologyTechnology850.000 HUF
Mobile DeveloperTechnologyTechnology1.050.000 HUF
Programmer / DeveloperTechnologyTechnology975.000 HUF

If you did not find your role go and have a look at the interactive map to check it.

Hungary Job Market Insights

The conducted survey reveals a few interesting stats that are visualized below and listed conveniently here:

  • 8% of workers have change their job 7+ times
  • 36% leave their job for better prospects
  • 19% leave their job because due to lack of satisfaction
  • and 14% left their employment for a better salary
  • 38% are currently looking for a new job!

What is most important to the participants:

  1. 27% Job satisfaction
  2. 18% work life balance
  3. 16% job security

It seems that the salary is not a top priority!

Do you find yourself among some of the groups? What is most important to you? And is your salary above or below average? Leave a comment below!

See the full infographic here:

 Hungary Salary Guide Overview Infographic

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24 Responses to “Hungary Salary Guide”

  1. Comment made by Oze Robert on Jun 21st 2015 at 2:46 am: Reply

    This is unreal.

    Welcome to the real world:
    Junior programmer earns 70,000-100,000
    Senior Mobile programmer earns 100,000-200,000 HUF
    Senior Java/.NET/C++ business programmer earns 200,000-450,000 HUF
    Over the 450,000 is extra high salary for just a programmer, but you can earn this if you are working in a bank.

    • Comment made by Lifeinbudapest on Nov 13th 2015 at 8:14 pm: Reply

      Are YOU joking, guy : 70 000 HUF for a receptionnist ? How it comes there is no huge refugee camp then on Margit Island to host them each and every night regarding than the minimum you spend for a flat (all included) is 70 000 HUF (and I am optimist regarding the price of the heating in winter…). So tiring, ages I’ve been suffering from that hungarian song “We are so poor, we are just working to survive, nothing more”. Most of the hungarians I met those last past years were in a more comfortable situation than 80% of my relatives in Spain. I am shouting loud in Western Europe, now, not to cry too much on Eastern Europe, even more since I’ve learned that 2 of my unskilled friends were earning 200 000 HUF and 220 000 HUF, first for a customer service (call center) and the second, unskilled secretary (opening letter, making coffee), yes at Garay Ter. My sister is doing the same job in Madrid for 557 euros per month (and she considers herself lucky !), it’s 175 000 HUF !!! Do you have an idea about the cost of life in Budapest and Madrid ? I hope, yes. Well, anyway, “mindegy” as I love saying there, keep crying, keep complaigning, yes yes you are suffering a million time more than the rest of Europe, please stay bling so we, foreigners, can take and enjoy the wealth you don’t see !
      Btw, thanks to the website for that good study !

    • Comment made by Andrea on Dec 11th 2015 at 10:16 am: Reply

      You live out of the world!
      We can’t find a junior Java programmer who is willing to come to work for less than 350 neetto average (about 500 gross)
      Seniors take about double and we can’t find.

    • Comment made by subharam on Apr 16th 2017 at 9:48 am: Reply

      What is the average monthly income of the people in hungary??

  2. Comment made by Oze Robert on Jun 21st 2015 at 2:55 am: Reply

    A receptionist earns 215,000 HUF. Where? Are you joking?
    He earns 70,000-90,000 HUF. This salary list / 3 = real world. 🙂

    • Comment made by RobT on Nov 1st 2015 at 8:42 pm: Reply

      The data clearly states GROSS. What the employee takes home is a VERY different story than what they cost a company. And this report is for companies, which is why Gross figures are stated.

    • Comment made by subharam on Apr 16th 2017 at 9:48 am: Reply

      What is the average monthly income of people in hungary?

  3. Comment made by Ltl on Aug 29th 2015 at 7:09 pm: Reply

    Might be a bit off-topic, does anyone hv any idea about the salary of a quant (quantitative analyst in investment banks) in Budapest?

  4. Comment made by ilona on Sep 9th 2015 at 4:08 am: Reply

    I see some errors related to the English translation due to the translator not understanding the nuances of the language. However, one can overlook the very poor sentence structure because the jist of the information is still fairly clear. What i cannot overlook is having %ages indicated that in total add up to more than 100. The basis for using percentages is that 100 represents the total amount (in this case, population)and the segments for subgroups must add up to that total. What a very poor breakdown.

    • Comment made by Matthias Janeck on Sep 9th 2015 at 7:31 am: Reply

      Dear Ilona,
      I cannot reproduce your comment regarding the ages because in the article there is nothing mentioned about the age. Please specify.

      • Comment made by Muhammad Shevchenko on Sep 10th 2015 at 2:03 pm: Reply

        I assume ‘%ages’ stands for ‘percentages’, makes sense that way. Also, you shouldn’t be misled by Ilona’s definition of the basis for using percentages. A person might have changed their job 7+ times, yet still looking for a new job at the same time. That one gets counted twice, thus making the sum totalling more than 100.

  5. Comment made by the reality on Aug 2nd 2016 at 6:51 pm: Reply

    I think they confused the Budapest residents with the poor hillbilly people.

  6. Comment made by Craig on Aug 24th 2016 at 6:24 am: Reply

    any work for archaeologists over there? separate from universities.
    And any idea of their wage brackets?


  7. Comment made by matthieu on Nov 10th 2016 at 8:34 am: Reply

    Hi everyone, I would like to know how approximatively earns a junior data scientist in Budapest please ?
    I am recently graduated in France and now looking for a job in Budapest. This information can be helpfull during my interview.

    Thank you.

  8. Comment made by memyselfandI on Jan 16th 2017 at 11:58 am: Reply

    I work at home. work at my own servicedesk. Earn now, 125.000 netto every month. So not so bad. Easy and so trustble.

    • Comment made by Ella Stern on Apr 20th 2018 at 5:00 am: Reply

      Hey, would you be willing to share info? I’ve just retired but not ready to be lulled into oblivion. Moved to the countryside so a servicedesk would also work for me. Thanks in advance.

  9. Comment made by memyselfandI on Jan 16th 2017 at 11:59 am: Reply

    sorry…. 125.000 every week 🙂 so about 500.000 a month netto

  10. Comment made by Cy on Feb 4th 2017 at 4:10 pm: Reply

    How much are associate lawyers earning in average law firms and international law firms in Budapest?

  11. Comment made by Truth on Feb 9th 2017 at 11:19 am: Reply

    Hungary is a wonder land for corporations, why?
    – Cheap labor comparing with west Europe
    – Smart and skilled labor
    – Lots of immigrants, so its easier to outsource any service
    – Politically is stable comparing with west Europe
    – Part of EU

    Magic for Outsourcing

  12. Comment made by Marc on Sep 11th 2017 at 9:23 pm: Reply

    Receptionist at 4-5* hotels earn:
    HUF 161.000-220.000, gross (brutto)

  13. Comment made by SeanH on Oct 21st 2017 at 10:04 am: Reply

    Very useful info which confirms I am being paid the average for my current Helpdesk L1 role. I deal mostly with German customers. So may I assume that the helpdesk positions in the survey are primarily for European clientele. Hence 2 or 3 languages required but no extra paid for such skills.

  14. Comment made by Andi Resuli on Jan 12th 2018 at 3:03 pm: Reply

    What will be a reasonably wage for a position of Senior Microsoft System Engineer in Budapest? Will that amount be enough for me, my wife and daughter of 5 yo?

    Anybody can tell me the minimum I should ask if the job position will be offered to me?

    I will require to relocate in Budapest for this and I would be nice if anyone can even tell me the cost of living in Budapest for long time (I have been once on July 2017 for 5 days as a tourist)

    Cheers everyone.

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  16. Comment made by DennisDM on Dec 28th 2019 at 7:54 am: Reply

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