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 Eurostat show that salaries in Ireland are among the highest in Europe, despite a sharp reduction during the 2008-2013 recession.

In November 2018 official figures indicated that the average wage in Ireland had increased by €1,188 over the past year. This brought the average wage in Ireland up to €38,878 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 World Economic Forum’s Inclusive Development Index 2018 reports that median disposable income per person stood at US$38 per day. This translates to €31,564 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, IrishJobs.ie 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

Supply chain and logistics
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 €30,000, while supply chain directors can see salaries of up to €180,000.

Arts and recreation

Teachers are in high demand in Dublin. The basic pay package starts at €35,958, rising to €67,538 for senior teachers.

teacher with a student

Professional services

Business is booming in Dublin, so accountancy is too. Annual salaries begin at €25,000 for accounting graduates, through to €250,000 for chief financial officers.

Financial services
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 €25,000-€30,000. These wages rise swiftly with experience. C-suite and board-level positions can attract remuneration packages rising to €350,000.

Industries from agriculture and food through to precision manufacturing are looking for engineering expertise. Quality assurance technicians may start on €30,000, while general managers can earn up to €135,000.

Digital marketing
As more advertising moves online, the demand for digital marketers is unlikely to slacken. Annual salaries begin at €28,000 for SEO executives, rising to €180,000 for marketing directors. General marketing positions (2017 figures) start at €30,000 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 €19,048, senior nurses may receive €48,982, vascular physiologists can earn up to € 67,723, and hospital CEOs receive up to €100,000.

pharmaceutical industry worker

Science and pharmaceutical
Dublin’s science and pharmaceutical sectors are enjoying healthy growth. Graduate development chemists start on €30,000, while R&D directors or quality directors can expect salaries of up to €180,000.

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 €35,000, while the chief technical officer at a large company can expect a pay packet of up to €200,000.

Web developers
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 €30,000, while experienced front-end developers can earn in excess of €60,000.

Data analytics
They say that data is the oil of the early 21st century economy, so data analysts are in high demand. Salaries begin at €45,000 and rise to €100,000 for experienced analysts.

Business support
Every business needs administrators to keep the show on the road. Annual salaries begin at €20,000 for data entry positions, rising to €80,000 for operations managers, and €90,000 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 €25,000, while HR directors can earn up to €155,000.

Retail vacancies in the luxury good sector are holding up well. Figures from 2017 show that retail assistants can start on €22,000, while area managers can expect salaries of up to €90,000.

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 €25,000, while senior sales managers can expect salaries of up to €100,000.

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 €20,000. Senior project directors can expect up to €120,000 per annum.

In surveying, junior quantity surveyors start on €25,000, while managing surveyors may earn up to €100,000.

In the construction phase, engineers start on around €30,000, while contracts managers can earn up to €80,000.

In property management, junior property managers start on €20,000, rising to €60,000 for senior property managers.

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