At the very top of the salary tree in 2021 in Croatia were pilots with an average monthly salary of 21,936 Kuna. The Croatian employment website MojPosao reported yesterday the leading salaries across the country last year, and after pilots comes IT directors with 20,549 Kuna, regional directors with 20,154 Kuna and flight controllers and sales directors.
According to data from the portal the average net salary across Croatia in 2021 was 7,188 Kuna or just under 1,000 Euros a month. This is seven percent more than in 2020.
There is, as you would expect, a large difference between the highest earners and those struggling to get by, with managerial salaries on average 128 percent higher than average salaries across Croatia. Whereas on the flip side workers in the textile industry had salaries 35 percent lower than the average salary, whilst employees in the service industry had 28 percent lower.
Pilots have the largest salaries but who has the lowest?
Whilst pilots had a salary of 21,936 Kuna on the other hand seamstresses had an average monthly salary of 4,294 Kuna. These were followed by cleaners with 4,332 Kuna and hairdressers with 4,352 Kuna.
There is a difference in pay across the sectors, from the public to private, and also a difference in micro sectors. According to the MojPosao portal, salaries in foreign-owned private companies were nine percent higher than the average and averaged 7,860 Kuna. On the other hand, the salaries of employees of predominantly domestically owned companies were five percent lower than the average, 6,826 Kuna, the average salaries of state-owned companies are around 6,750 Kuna, which is six percent below the average, while the monthly salaries of publicly employed local self-government amounts to 6,570 Kuna, which is nine percent below the average.
Zagreb largest salaries in Croatia
And geography played its part in the salary divide with the City of Zagreb having the highest salaries last year, or 12 percent higher than the national level.
As expected, writes the MojPosao portal, respondents with rich work experience and a higher level of education have higher salaries compared to those with shorter length of service and lower education. Thus, workers with a postgraduate degree or a business school have an average of 59 percent higher salary than the average.
On the other hand, people with a university degree have an average salary of 17 percent higher than the average, at 8,443 Kuna.