What can I earn in Dublin?

A lot of factors will dictate what you will earn in Dublin, most of which come down to your personal circumstances: your industry, qualifications and experience. Figures from show that salaries in Ireland are among the highest in Europe, despite a sharp reduction during the 2008-2013 recession.

In November 2018 indicated that the average wage in Ireland had increased by EUR1,188 over the past year. This brought the average wage in Ireland up to EUR38,878 per year and indicates that wages have increased by 8% in the last five years.

But median earnings – the mid-point in the pay scale where half of earners receive more and half less – may be a better way to gauge what an ordinary person takes home each year. The reports that median disposable income per person stood at US$38 per day. This translates to EUR31,564 in after-tax earnings per household (Irish households averaged 2.7 members in 2017).

Salaries per sector

Different sectors of the economy pay different wages. Each year, commissions a series of salary surveys to take the temperature of Ireland’s jobs market; we have linked their 2018 findings below. They don’t cover all fields, so we have included links to the relevant government departments for the healthcare and education sectors.

Logistics and storage

More goods are being moved than ever before, customers expect speedy delivery and just-in-time manufacturing has become widespread. The upshot is that the supply chain and logistics functions of many businesses are more important than ever. Warehouse supervisors can start on EUR30,000, while supply chain directors can see salaries of up to EUR180,000.

Arts and recreation

Teachers are in high demand in Dublin. The basic pay package starts at EUR35,958, rising to EUR67,538 for senior teachers.

teacher with a student

Professional services

Business is booming in Dublin, so accountancy is too. Annual salaries begin at EUR25,000 for accounting graduates, through to EUR250,000 for chief financial officers.

Banking is one of Dublin’s brightest sectors, so it’s no surprise that financial analysts and traders are doing well. Graduates working in a range of banking functions from investment banking to risk analysis start on salaries between EUR25,000-EUR30,000. These wages rise swiftly with experience. C-suite and board-level positions can attract remuneration packages rising to EUR350,000.

Industries from agriculture and food through to precision manufacturing are looking for engineering expertise. Quality assurance technicians may start on EUR30,000, while general managers can earn up to EUR135,000.

As more advertising moves online, the demand for digital marketers is unlikely to slacken. Annual salaries begin at EUR28,000 for SEO executives, rising to EUR180,000 for marketing directors. (2017 figures) start at EUR30,000 for an events executive.

Health and social care

Most healthcare professionals are receiving modest pay rises after deep cuts to their remuneration during the recession. Today, trainee phlebotomists can start on EUR19,048, senior nurses may receive EUR48,982, vascular physiologists can earn up to EUR 67,723, and hospital CEOs receive up to EUR100,000.

pharmaceutical industry worker

Dublin’s science and pharmaceutical sectors are enjoying healthy growth. Graduate development chemists start on EUR30,000, while R&D directors or quality directors can expect salaries of up to EUR180,000.

Information, Communications and Technology

Dublin’s emphasis on attracting large tech companies and fostering a dense ecosystem of start-ups means that IT professionals are in strong demand. Video games artists can start on EUR35,000, while the chief technical officer at a large company can expect a pay packet of up to EUR200,000.

The web is often the first touchpoint between businesses and their customers. That means there’s a healthy demand for skilled web developers. Application support engineers might start on EUR30,000, while experienced front-end developers can earn in excess of EUR60,000.

They say that data is the oil of the early 21st century economy, so data analysts are in high demand. Salaries begin at EUR45,000 and rise to EUR100,000 for experienced analysts.

Every business needs administrators to keep the show on the road. Annual salaries begin at EUR20,000 for data entry positions, rising to EUR80,000 for operations managers, and EUR90,000 for call centre managers.

Female software programmer working


Nothing is more important to a business than its people, which is why HR professionals are always in demand. Graduates begin on EUR25,000, while HR directors can earn up to EUR155,000.

Retail vacancies in the luxury good sector are holding up well. Figures from 2017 show that retail assistants can start on EUR22,000, while area managers can expect salaries of up to EUR90,000.

The digital economy may be coming on in leaps and bounds, but people still like the personal touch when making purchases. There are plenty of sales jobs out there. Merchandisers and telesales executives can begin on EUR25,000, while senior sales managers can expect salaries of up to EUR100,000.

Builders are breaking ground on more new products than at any time since 2007, so there is high demand for construction workers, architects, surveyors and property managers.

In the design phase, junior architects can start on EUR20,000. Senior project directors can expect up to EUR120,000 per annum.

In surveying, junior quantity surveyors start on EUR25,000, while managing surveyors may earn up to EUR100,000.

In the construction phase, engineers start on around EUR30,000, while contracts managers can earn up to EUR80,000.

In property management, junior property managers start on EUR20,000, rising to EUR60,000 for senior property managers.

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