Minimum Salary Significantly Increased

TR - The 2016 minimum salary level for foreign workers has increased to TRY 1,647 per month (approximately USD 542.55).

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The minimum salary for foreign workers has increased to TRY 1,647 per month (approximately USD 542.55). Although the minimum salary level is usually reviewed every six months, this amount will remain consistent for 2016.

In addition to the minimum salary requirement, foreign employees must be paid at least the amount a local employee in the same position would earn. Key examples include:

• High-level managers, pilots and engineers/architects granted an interim work permit must be paid at least 6.5 times the minimum wage (TRY 10,706 gross per month);
• Department managers and engineers/architects must be paid at least four times the minimum wage (TRY 6,588 gross per month); and
• Employees in a position requiring expertise and teachers must be paid at least three times the minimum wage (TRY 4,941 gross per month).

The salary requirements above do not include allowances or benefits.

What This Means for Employers

Employers should work with their immigration professional to ensure that they meet the relevant minimum salary requirements for foreign employees in Turkey.

Fragomen worked closely with Bener (Istanbul) to prepare this alert. It is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to


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