Average Salary in Russia
Do you want to know the average salary in Russia? If yes you have come to the right place. Not only that, I am also going to write which are the best paying jobs for Expats in Russia.
Introduction: Average Salary in Russia
“How much will my salary be?” – is probably one of the first questions that you have before heading to Russia.
Unfortunately its very hard to identify the exact amount of money you will earn, as most of the salaries are classified as private and confidential information.
But since there is a huge interest in this topic I will do my best to give you the most correct info regarding the average salary in Russia.
Minimum Wage in Russia Per Hour
Currently the minimum wage in Russia is 5,965 rubles ($105) per month, which works out to be around $0.70 per hour when calculated based on 40 hour week.
Well, even in Russia $100 bucks is not a lot of money, especially if you live in a city like Moscow where the rental of a small one room in outskirts of Moscow can cost you 6,000 rubles per month.
However, Russian Government expects the minimum wage in Russia to grow to 9,849 rubles ($174) per month by the end of 2018.
Average Salary in Russia 2017
Alright now that I have covered Minimum Wage in Russia Per Hour and Per Month, I will show you now the average salary in Russia.
Note that the below information mainly reflects what a Russian worker usually earns, expats and other foreigners usually earn a different amount of salary.
For example, a local Russian employee will earn much less than an expat because an expat will receive his/her salary in USD and will be provided with a rental, flights, schooling and other types compensations.
Average Salary in Russia (per year)
There are two types of salaries that you can get in Russia. First is the expat’s salary and the second is local’s salary, with the latter being of course lower than the expat’s salary.
I hope that you can get expat’s salary in Russia but if you can’t here’s what you should expect.
Analysis: Average Salary in Russia vs the World
The average salary in Russia in 2017 was $570. Below I have made a table where you can compare average salary in Russia 2017 to other countries during the same period.
Average Salary Worldwide
As you can see from the above table the average salary in Russia is much lower to what you can earn in other countries. But you must take into account the cost of living and if you are an expat in Russia your salary can be much higher.
Average Salary in Russia 2017 by Regions
I know at first look $570 doesn’t sound like a lot of money even in Russia.
Instead, let’s have a look at the below table. Here we can see an average salary in Russia by regions and it makes much better sense now.
Average Salary in Russia 2017 by Region
|Moscow Region||RUB 42,000 ($742)|
|Moscow||RUB 65,000 ($1,149)|
|Saint - Petersburg||RUB 45,500 ($800)|
|Astrahan||RUB 27,500 ($490)|
|Novosibirsk||RUB 32,000 ($565)|
As you can see now the salaries are much higher, that’s because Russia is so huge geographically. For example, if an average salary in Moscow is $1,149 then in a small remote city the average salary can be $200.
I advise to look deep into these figures and decide which city you are going to live before coming to Russia.
Average Salary in Russia 2017 by Industry
Based on the statistics, the average salary in Russia is affected by the industry in which the employee works.
Let’s have a look at the below table.
Average Salary in Russia 2017 by Industry
|Oil & Gas||RUB 90,800 ($1,600)|
|Financial||RUB 71,500 ($1,250)|
|Construction||RUB 32700 ($578)|
|Fishing||RUB 58,100 ($1,020)|
|Energy||RUB 79,800 ($1,400)|
Based on the table those who work in Oil & Gas and Energy receive the highest salary in Russia.
Therefore, your profession and set of skills play an important role too in your salary scale.
I hope the above tables gave you a perspective of what a Russian earns based on his/her location and profession.
Highest Paid Jobs in Russia for Expats
Expat’s Salary in Russia is usually higher to what an average Russian earns.
For example, an Expat CEO can earn in Russia $120,000 per year while the Russian CEO will only make $80,000 per year.
There was a time when Russia was the best country for expats in terms of salary. However, the financial crisis in 2008 and increase in local professionals reduced the demand for expats.
But thanks to a lower tax rate and a huge interest in Russia, many expats still decide to come here, even those who don’t have job offers on hand.
Below we are going to look at some of the most popular jobs that Expats usually take when they come to Russia.
English Teacher Salary in Russia 2017
If you are a native English speaker you can easily find a job as an English Teacher.
Some companies might require that you have a previous teaching experience and certifications (i.e TESL) but it’s not necessary.
English Teachers (native) usually earn RUB 50,000 ($880) – RUB 100,000 ($1,768) per month. Some schools also offer sponsored visa, accommodation and paid flight tickets.
Here are some examples of the English Teacher vacancies that were posted on RULEXPAT’s job board:
Native English Teacher in Moscow ($1,200 and up to $1,950) – Company offers free internal training and 4 weeks of paid vacation
Native English Teacher in Moscow (up to RUB 150,000 or $2,652) – Company offers migration support, rent compensation etc
English Teacher for Kids in English First (Moscow) – Sponsored Visa, Health Insurance, Training & Development Programs etc.
Governor/Governess Salary in Russia 2017
Lately, I have noticed lots of job posting on RULEPXAT’s job board for Governor/Governess. They were mostly for Native English Speakers, but there were some who were looking for French and Italian Governor/Governess.
Basically, a Governor works for an HNW (High Net Worth) family in Russia (usually in rich suburbs like Rublevka).
Depending on the family you will be either required to teach kids and help them with their homework or sometimes its just sit and play with them in English. Which is great, considering you can earn $5000 or more per month.
You will not be required to clean/cook or do any other chores. Usually, the family has Russian nannies doing and “Expat Nannies’ doing teaching and playing.
Most of these families are looking for Native English Speakers with prior experience and higher education (B.A or M.A). You might live together with the family if not the families usually provide a drive to pick you up from the house to the child.
Here are some examples of the Governor/Governess vacancies that were posted on RULEXPAT’s job board:
Native English Governess in Moscow (£4,000 or $5,600 per month) – private accommodation, food and all living expenses will be covered by the employer.
Two Native English Governors/Governess in Moscow-Monaco-Singapore (GBP 4,000 or $5,6000 p/w) – travel with the family to Monaco and Singapore (paid flights), accommodation etc
If you are interested in this type of vacancies I strongly advise you to read this article by The Moscow Times: “Russia’s Wealthiest Families Still Pay Top Dollar for Foreign Nannies”.
Corporate Jobs Salary in Russia 2017
I wrote above that Russian companies are more likely to hire a Russian candidate for a C-Suite or management position than an expensive expat.
However, there are still companies in Russia that will choose to hire an Expat. Although it will be more expensive, a foreign qualified professional can bring valuable experience and expertise.
Not only that, some Russian companies hire expats to get more foreign clients as expats give the image that everything is done correctly and according to law.
Here are some examples of the Corporate Job vacancies that were posted on RULEXPAT’s job board:
Pioneering Finance Manager ($200k + Benefits) – 10% bonus, Serviced Car, Expat Housing, Schooling, Annual Flights etc
Service Delivery Expert – Onsite Services Asset Mngmt & In Country Depl – Career Growth, Leading Player in the Industry
CFO for an International Leading Manufacturer in Siberia – Career Growth, Great Salary Package
Final Words on Salary In Russia
I hope this post has given you the information you were looking for.
Its hard to know everyone’s situation, so if you have any questions please leave it in the comment box below and I will reply to them as soon as I can.