It's difficult to say which is the "normal" salary in Barcelona. The minimum salary for working people, the so called "salario mínimo", is euros ( US dolars. Will Euros per month be a suitable salary for living alone? no kids, Barcelona's rents are sky rocketed yet you can get a decent room in a nice zone for. We explain utilities, rent, food, and salary, all compared to similar prices in the UK. It will cost the average person € per month to live in Spain, if you and Barcelona to similar cities in the UK such as London, lower living.
Namely I want to avoid depresive nature of given flat and have at least two choices so I could feel like I'm in control of anything.
I telling myself I'm in that great situation that I can afford living here, but oh boy it's not easy. The issue is that they absolutely don't care. The whole city doesn't care. Neither government, or people. Diogo on Jan 07, : Manuel,I dont understand your comment. Where do spend your money? So, before saying those things, explain that you say that because you drink, smoke, go to parties, maybe have a car or a moto, go out for dinner a lot, etc.
Obviously, it will always depend on the kind of life you have. Personally, I prefer to hearn a bit less and have good weather. Money is not everything and countries with bad weather are depressive! That's why you find so many nordics living here. Less than that forget about it.
Anyway while the city is generally convenient and pretty, it's plagued by migrants committing crimes every day more violently and political conflict in the streets which seem to be on the increase. The social situation isn't good. Most people are either very burdened by problems or they're consumed by party life and are out of their minds. In general society seems unstable and not cohesive at all.
There's not a sense of community and uncertainty looms. So although you can work, have your place, your vehicle, your public "free" healthcare, proximity to plenty of awesome natural spaces of all sorts, generally good food and ease of transportation etc etc, you can't expect to come here to an utopia.
Many people lower their guard and end up scorched. Barcelona is perfectly located on the Mediterranean, except for a couple of very hot summer months, the weather is sunny and mild and it's simply a great location climatwise.
Also, despite the Catalans being a bit closed off, unless you come out with the topic of Independendence, people are friendly here, which is, with the sun, what I missed the most from the South. These are the main advantages of the city. One other thing, even if not experienced first hand is healthcare, which is tax subsidised and great quality.
At the hand of the day I'm glad I came here to see that, as much as the weather makes it a lovely place, other downsides counterbalance it and that it's not the paradise on earth people expect it to be. Do you live by the day, feel carefree about the future, don't mind a low salary and a lot of financial distress if you get sunny weather all year long?
Or do you perhaps have the luck to work as a freelance for many clients that are Nordics based? In this case Bcn is a great option. Do you need to plan things ahead, need financial and material stability to maintain mental sanity, do you plan on settling and buying a house of your own, build a family and have savings? If you rely on doing this with a Spanish contract, either you don't move here at all or you move for a couple of years as RealTalk suggests and keep in mind you'll need to leave.
There you feel like you can do better in life, which is something Bcn can't give you. Best luck to you all! Jhon on Jul 21, : Is 50K per year a good salary for a single person? Anonymous on Jun 18, : Is 50K per year a good salary for a single person? That said, salaries are quite low here, as the cost of living is as well, and jobs, although getting better, can still be difficult to find. Di on Jun 03, : Hi, my boyfriend and I are considering to move to Barcelona in one year from now.
While he is native in Spanish and English I am still studying Spanish. I have 2 years of experience in Digital Marketing. Is this industry developed in Barcelona? Can I expect to find job easily in the field with competitive salary for Barcelona? Dario parsa on May 24, : Hi, thank you for the helpful entries.
I and my friends must go to Barcelona to continue their studies. Of course, it's better to be financially more economical. Anonymous on May 13, : John What a stupid question to ask.
You must have alot of time on your hands. I have 7 years experience as a Software Developer. Is it a good salary to live in Barcelona my girlfriend and me?
We're both 30 yo and we're not planning to have children for the moment Anonymous on Apr 19, : Hello JV Thought I'd chime in on your questions. I love Barcelona and Spain in general. Over the past two years Barcelona and most of Spain has become very dangerous because of many migrants being allowed to stay in Barcelona.
Riots and protests are frequent, that's a shame. I lived in Barcelona for almost 14 years as a retired foreigner but I left in November Muggings and murders are frequent these days in beautiful Barcelona, sadly. I wouldn't recommend it honestly. Stay out of the plaza at night even though it's normally crowded due to abductions and armed robberies. Anything South of the city is dangerous day or night. Dress down don't wear Ray Ban sunglasses or expensive jewelry avoid anyone that stops you on the street to chit chat.
Eat where the locals normally eat and avoid touristy restaurants if possible. Hope this helped some have a safe trip. Is it safe? Are there areas to seek or avoid?
To the rest of you on here who don't have a clue figure this out. Look at how rapidly the Euro is declining and how many expats are pulling the pin getting out of Barcelona selling everything. That's a very good indication of the failing Euro.
Spainards are in it to fleece money from foreigners no doubt. When Brexit finishes with the Eurozone it'll cease and desist. No money no honey no euro valuation.
People in Barcelona are jerks towards foreigners, that's a given. Asking what's a good salary is ideotic too especially since the Euro is so volitale,DUH!!!!! Realtalk on Feb 20, : Would the dum dums who keep posting about their obvious decent salary pleas go off-load their insecurities elsewhere! Barcelona is shit for the long-term and ok for years max.
Locals aren't too friendly as they see you as a cause of the cities many economical problems. Salaries are awful, work hours long, rent is super high, apartments are cold as hell in winter time. Good jobs are hard to come by and there is a surplus of MBA studenty and people with masters willing to work way below their usual fee demands.
The foo and weather is good but thats about it, these locals are so greedy. Don't believe me? My advise is, come for a year or two and then go somewhere better for serious things like pensions, salaries, house prices that make sense etc. And oh yeah I forgot to mention the insane amount of theft here. Long term rental apartments. She currently works as a freelance writer, covering a variety of subjects, especially language, literature, history and archaeology.
Sara, we have recently moved here, and on Idealista Barcelona, I see plenty of apartments, with a range of values, amenities, etc. Currently,at least. Those salaries are hilarious. I am here over 10 years and very few people earn over 25k and normal people earn about a month after tax. Teachers get around if they are working in a school, otherwise they need to jaunt from one end of the city to the other giving lessons.
Being self-employed is ridiculous and very costly so most people work in black. Airbnb has made a real mess of the city for anyone thats not on a northern European salary as its out-priced the centre due to landlords wanting quick fast money.
Its a great city for a nice lifestyle but if you want a career, pension, quality housing etc. Im a dentist and id like to move to Barcelona. How much do dentists earn there? A hole perhaps! And for outlying districts?! The cost of living in Spain. Last update on May 22, The cost of living in Spain: an overview Spain is a very popular destination for expats, especially those moving from Britain.
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