Junior developers with up to 3 years years experience typically earn around €4774 a month or €61,378 a year and the most experienced senior JS developers up to around €6119 a month or €80,882 a year.
Eastern Europe has long been a popular region for employers from the high wage economies of Western Europe and North America to recruit remote software developers and other IT specialists. The region has large numbers of qualified professionals and, at least from Western Europe, offers convenient travel logistics and time zone compatibility.
Software developer salaries have also traditionally been relatively lower compared to those commanded by comparable professionals in Western Europe and North America with tax regimes also offering further savings.
Over the past few years, the gap between the take-home pay of IT specialists based in Eastern Europe and their peers in high wage economies has closed. There is now often not a big difference in salaries, though there is still often some. But significant cost efficiencies can still be realised because taxes, social security and pension contributions are generally much lower.
Eastern Europe spans a large number of countries and there are some variations in IT specialist salary ranges from one to another. However, those differences are becoming less significant. Here we’ll look at data from the region’s two largest labour markets for software developers and other IT specialists – Poland and Ukraine.
The top of the range is put at $150,000 a year or $12,500 but there are live job ads on the site offering up to $180,000 a year or $15,000 a month for senior roles combining other languages and technologies in the tech stack.