In 2019, the average gross monthly salary in Hungary amounted to HUF 295,000 (EUR 825), equivalent to an average net income of HUF 200,000 (EUR 560). There are, however, considerable differences across the country with 14 counties (out of the 19) below this amount, according to leftist GKI Economic Research’s analysis.
Principally, employees in the Western and Central Transdanubia region earned above average, while Southern Transdanubia and the Northeastern counties remained below the national average.
Pest and Győr-Moson-Sopron counties scored the highest average monthly income with HUF 223,000 (EUR 624). Fejér (HUF 220,000- EUR 616), Komárom-Esztergom (HUF 216,000- EUR 604) and Vas (HUF 208,000- EUR 582) counties also finished above the line.
On the other hand, the lowest net earnings were recorded in Nógrád, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Somogy (all HUF 172,000- EUR 481), Békés (HUF 170,000- EUR 476) and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties (HUF 157,000- EUR 439).
The various types of municipalities also show differences. While an average Budapester could take home HUF 260,000 (EUR 727) in 2019, this sum in a city with county rights came out to HUF 214,000 (EUR 599). Residents in other towns could earn HUF 186,000 (EUR 520), while villagers HUF 161,000 (EUR 450).
Telki finished on the top of the list, as an employee of the Budapest metropolitan area village could pocket an average of HUF 390,000 (EUR 1,091) a month in 2019. Csenyéte (in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county) finished at the opposite end of the spectrum with an average net income of HUF 31,000 (EUR 87) per month.
After Telki, Budapest’s 12th and 2nd districts (both on the Buda side) came in second and third with HUF 383,000 (EUR 1,072) and HUF 376,000 (EUR 1,052) respectively. Moreover, those on the Buda side earned HUF 110,000 (EUR 308) more than those living on the Pest side.
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