List of countries by average wage

The average wage is a measure of total income after taxes divided by total number of employees employed. In this article, the average wage is adjusted for living expenses "purchasing power parity" (PPP).

The wage distribution is right-skewed; the majority of people earn less than the average wage. For an alternative measure, the median household income uses median instead of average.

OECD statistics

The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) dataset contains data on average annual wages for full-time and full-year equivalent employees in the total economy. Average annual wages per full-time equivalent dependent employee are obtained by dividing the national-accounts-based total wage bill by the average number of employees in the total economy, which is then multiplied by the ratio of average usual weekly hours per full-time employee to average usually weekly hours for all employees.

Average wages are converted in US dollar nominal using 2013 US dollar nominal for private consumption and are deflated by a price deflator for private final consumption expenditures in 2013 prices. The OECD is a weighted average based on dependent employment weights in 2013 for the countries shown.[1]

Average annual wages 2016 (US$)[2]
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CountryPPPNominal
 Luxembourg62,63666,770
 United States60,15460,154
  Switzerland60,12485,718
 Iceland55,98473,609
 Norway53,64363,122
 Netherlands52,83351,669
 Denmark52,58064,310
 Australia52,06359,538
 Ireland51,68156,787
 Belgium49,58747,674
 Canada48,40348,688
 Austria48,29545,819
 Germany47,58544,466
 France42,99240,718
 United Kingdom42,83546,252
 Sweden42,81646,804
 Finland42,12745,584
 New Zealand39,39744,636
 Japan39,11339,089
 Spain37,33330,613
 Italy35,39732,205
 Slovenia34,96525,171
 Israel34,02338,942
 South Korea32,39929,125
 Estonia28,62115,726
 Chile28,43418,157
 Poland25,92112,154
 Greece25,12419,189
 Portugal24,52918,333
 Czech Republic23,72213,587
 Slovak Republic23,50813,934
 Lithuania22,94912,538
 Latvia22,38914,017
 Hungary22,91112,157
 Mexico19,3119,812

UNECE statistics

Gross average monthly wage estimates for 2015 are computed by converting national currency figures from the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Statistical Database, compiled from national and international (OECD, EUROSTAT, CIS) official sources. Wages in US dollars are computed by the UNECE Secretariat using nominal exchange rates.

Gross average monthly wages cover total wages and salaries in cash and in kind, before any tax deduction and before social security contributions. They include wages and salaries, remuneration for time not worked, bonuses and gratuities paid by the employer to the employee. Wages cover the total economy and are expressed per full-time equivalent employee.[3]

Country Average
monthly
wage
  Switzerland$7,466
 Luxembourg$5,583
 Norway$5,418
 Denmark$5,310
 United States$4,893
 Australia$4,700
 Ireland$4,379
 Netherlands$4,289
 Canada$4,134
 Belgium$3,963
 Sweden$3,849
 Finland$3,781
 Austria$3,761
 Germany$3,478
 United Kingdom$3,461
 France$3,374
 Italy$2,671
 Spain$2,541
 Israel$2,405
 Slovenia$2,052
 Greece$1,631
 Portugal$1,513
 Poland $1,356
 Croatia $1,173
 Slovakia$1,138
 Czech Republic$1,065
 Hungary$1,063
 Romania$919
 Lithuania$914
 Bosnia and Herzegovina$801
 Trinidad and Tobago$736 [4]
 Bulgaria$627
 Belarus$422
 Armenia$386
 Albania$379

Other

Other countries not listed above:

Lebanon has an average monthly wage of $600, with the minimum salary required by law being $400.

See also

References

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