List of countries by average wage (nominal)

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The average wage is a measure of the financial well-being of a country's inhabitants. The wage distribution is right-skewed, the majority of people earn less than the average wage. A more representative measure concerning the well-being of a country's inhabitants is the median wage. Figures will be shrunk after individual taxes, in some countries social security, pension and public school are included in taxes.

Table[edit]

Monthly average wage (current US$)


List of UNECE 2011 List of OECD 2012
Rank Country Average wage
1   Switzerland $7765.5
2  Norway $6792.6
3  Luxembourg $6102.6
4  Denmark $6091.3
5  Ireland $5575.7
6  Belgium $4689.5
7  Canada $4668.0
8  Netherlands $4751.9
9  United States $4537.5
10  Sweden $4536.7
11  Finland $4424.1
12  Austria $4368.7
13  United Kingdom $4198.6
14  Iceland $4044.4
15  France $3976.9
16  Germany $3916.9
17  Italy $3260.6
18  Spain $3133.2
19  Slovenia $2557.3
20  Israel $2442.9
21  Greece $2370.5
22  Portugal $1879.8
23  Croatia $1459.4
24  Czech Republic $1408.5
25  Poland $1146.8
26  Slovakia $1293.3
27  Estonia $1227.7
28  Hungary $1176.5
29  Bosnia & Herzegovina $902.7
30  Russia $806.3
31  Republic of Macedonia $692.9
32  Kazakhstan $613.1
33  Azerbaijan $461.2
34  Belarus $387.4
35  Georgia $377.1
36  Ukraine $331.2
37  Armenia $290.2
38  Moldova $272.0
39  Kyrgyzstan $202.0
40  Tajikistan $100.6
Rank Country Average wage
1   Switzerland $7486
2  Norway $6670
3  Australia $6438
4  Luxembourg $5773
5  Denmark $5652
6  Ireland $5230
7  Canada $4865
8  Belgium $4610
9  United States $4587
10  Sweden $4488
11  Netherlands $4359
12  Finland $4274
13  United Kingdom $4222
14  Japan $4180
15  Austria $4152
16  France $3797
17  Germany $3774
18  Italy $3064
19  Spain $2883
20  Israel $2661
21  Slovenia $2406
22  South Korea $2394
23  Greece $2123
24  Portugal $1719
25  Czech Republic $1328
26  Slovakia $1276
27  Estonia $1262
28  Hungary $1116
29  Poland $1086
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Methodology[edit]

OECD's statistics

The data presented represents full-time average annual gross wages and salaries in the entire economy of selected Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries. The figure is derived by taking the national accounts aggregate of wages and salaries, dividing them by the national accounts aggregate for average wage and salary employment, and multiplying it by the ratio of average weekly working hours per full-time employee to average weekly working hours for all employees. The resulting estimates correspond to average annual wages per full-time equivalent dependent employee.

UNICE's statistics

Wages common currency (US$) estimates: are computed by the UNECE Secretariat using the 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. For most countries wages cover total economy and are expressed per full-time equivalent employee. This enables comparison of different countries irrespective of the length of working time and the share of part-time and full-time workers.

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