Salary levels and everydays costs in Estonia

Last updated in September 2018 

What is the salary level in Estonia?

In 2017, average monthly gross wage in Estonia was 1221 euros, according to Statistics Estonia (2018). In the 1st quarter of 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were the highest in financial and insurance activities, energetics and information and communication (IT). For example, if you work as a software team lead you can expect to earn a monthly gross salary of 3662 euros (source: Fontes Salary Survey 2017).

In the 1st quarter of 2018, by county, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were the highest in Harju (1386 euros) and Tartu (1209 euros) counties and the lowest in Hiiu (896 euros) and Saare (930 euros) counties, according to Statistics Estonia (2018). More information on the salaries is available on the website of Statistics Estonia.

What are the working conditions in Estonia?

Working conditions are usually flexible, meaning that we usually work 8 hours a day, 5 days per week. Working conditions also depend on the sector – some companies are more strict with the working times and others allow their employees to be more flexible and choose their own preferred times of working. In general, Estonian companies have a work culture based on merit, which means that it is more important to get things done rather than spend a lot of time in the office.

Annual vacation is 28 days and by law you should use at least 14 days of vacation days in a row to get better rest 🙂 .

Plus, we have 10 public holidays a year.

What is the cost of living in Estonia?

No other tech hub beats Tallinn when it comes to optimizing your monthly expenses. Rent in Tallinn is 3 times cheaper than in Amsterdam and 8 times more affordable than in San Francisco (source: Our free public transport in the capital and free public healthcare leave you more money to spend on fun things that matter to you – be it sports, music or other.

Here are some examples of average prices as of January 2018:

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