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General Employee Pay Regulations in Brazil

Minimum wage

BRL 1,100 per month (around EUR 170) paid 13 times a year

Five states have their own minimum wage; each one must be higher than the federal minimum wage listed above.

  • São Paulo: BRL 1,108.38
  • Rio de Janeiro: BRL 1,136.53
  • Paraná: BRL 1,467.40
  • Santa Catarina: BRL 1,281
  • Rio Grande do Sul: BRL 1,175.15


There are two different pay frequencies, monthly or bimonthly, that companies adopt in Brazil, depending solely on the company and the CBA applicable.


If paid once a month, employees are usually paid on the 5th day of the following month. If paid twice a month, employees are usually paid on the 5th and 20th of the month.

Payment requirements

It’s mandatory to make payments to employees or to the Brazilian authorities from a local bank account.

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