Eavesdrop in any café bar in Croatia and you’ll hear the same comment, “People only enter politics in this country for the salary.” But just how much are the leading politicians in the country earning? Are the seriously out performing other leading business people in the country? As the Croatian average salary in January 2019 was around 5,500 Kuna net are the politicians and civil servants keeping up with the national average.
The Prime Minister of Croatia, who you might presume has the largest salary, took home 21,655.57 Kuna a month in 2018. And although Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic is undoubtedly the most powerful politician in the country he doesn’t have the highest pay. According to an article in Vijesti.hr the highest paid politician in Croatia is the President, Kolinda Grabr-Kitarovic, who last year took home a healthy 24,376.20 Kuna last year.
The Defense Minister, Damir Krstičević, has a salary of 6,255.40. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction and Physical Planning, Predrag Štromar, received 19.051,42 Kuna, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić received a monthly salary of 19,341.81 in 2016.
Vice President of the Parliament, Božo Petrov, received a salary in the amount of 19,893.50 Kuna in January this year. HDZ Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolušić received a salary of 20,312.00 last July.
In fact, even the President of the Croatian Parliament received a bigger salary than the Prime Minister, with 22,442.88 Kunas.
But whilst you may think that the politicians of Croatia are earning the big bucks it is in fact the bankers that are leading the rich list. The Vice Governor of the Croatian National Bank (CNB) Michael Faulend, received a salary of 33,860.81 Kunas this January. And the governor of the Croatian National Bank, Boris Vujčić, takes home a generous 41,264.20 Kuna.