List of countries by average wage

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The average wage is a measure for the financial well-being of a country's inhabitants. The average wages are adjusted to living expenses. 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[edit]

Country Disposable income
in 2014 USD
(PPP)[1]
Compulsory
deduction, 2014
Family: 1 earner, 2 children[2]
Gross income
in 2014 USD
(PPP)[3]
 Luxembourg 52,247 15.06% 61,511
  Switzerland 51,477 9.82% 57,082
 Ireland 47,995 9.93% 53,286
 United States 45,363 20.61% 57,139
 Australia 42,202 17.49% 51,148
 Canada 39,408 18.18% 48,164
 Denmark 36,091 27.22% 49,589
 Norway 35,065 32.20% 51,718
 Netherlands 34,728 31.91% 51,003
 United Kingdom 30,582 26.59% 41,659
 South Korea 29,682 19.02% 36,653
 Germany 29,030 33.83% 43,872
 Austria 28,163 38.76% 45,988
 Belgium 28,553 40.63% 48,093
 Japan 26,287 26.31% 35,672
 Sweden 25,650 37.43% 40,994
 Finland 24,877 38.94% 40,742
 Slovenia 25,340 23.37% 33,068
 Israel 24,271 18.10% 29,635
 Spain 23,452 34.88% 36,013
 France 24,276 40.54% 40,828
 Italy 21,190 39.01% 34,744
 Portugal 16,825 29.83% 23,977
 Czech Republic 15,510 26.79% 21,185
 Poland 16,559 29.98% 23,649
 Slovak Republic 15,962 27.94% 22,151
 Greece 14,952 43.44% 26,436
 Hungary 14,001 34.57% 21,399
 Estonia 14,098 32.93% 21,020
 Mexico 10,348 19.47% 12,850

International Labour Organization (ILO) statistics[edit]

The average wage, calculated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards and decent work for all, 185 of the 193 UN member states are members of the ILO. It's a rough figure based on data from 72 countries, omitting some of the world's poorest nations. All figures are adjusted to reflect variations in the cost of living from one country to another. According to ILO the World average wage in Purchasing Power Parity dollars is $1,480.

Rank Country Monthly average wage
in PPP dollars, 2009 [4]
1  Luxembourg $4,089
2  Norway $3,678
3  Austria $3,437
4  United States $3,263
5  United Kingdom $3,065
6  Belgium $3,035
7  Sweden $3,023
8  Ireland $2,997
9  Finland $2,925
10  South Korea $2,903
11  France $2,886
12  Canada $2,724
13  Germany $2,720
14  Singapore $2,616
15  Australia $2,610
16  Cyprus $870
17  Japan $2,522
18  Italy $2,445
19  Iceland $2,431
20  Spain $2,352
21  Greece $2,300
22  New Zealand $2,283
23  South Africa $1,838
24  Malta $1,808
25  Israel $1,804
26  Russia $1,792
28  Qatar $1,690
29  Hong Kong $1,545
30  Poland $1,536
31  Slovakia $1,385
32  Hungary $1,374
33  Czech Republic $1,370
34  Estonia $1,267
35  Jamaica $1,135
36  Lithuania $1,109
37  Argentina $1,108
38  Latvia $1,098
39  Chile $1,021
40  Botswana $996
41  Malaysia $961
42  Belarus $959
43  Romania $954
44  Bahrain $917
45  Croatia $835
46  Mauritius $783
47  Brazil $778
48  Macau $758
49  Kazakhstan $753
50  Bulgaria $750
51  Colombia $692
52  Ukraine $686
53  China $656
54  Mexico $609
55  Georgia $603
56  Azerbaijan $596
57  Egypt $548
58  Thailand $489
59  Armenia $471
60  Dominican Republic $462
61  Moldova $438
62  Mongolia $415
63  Republic of Macedonia $409
64  Syria $364
65  Serbia $317
66  Kyrgyzstan $75
67  India $302
68  Philippines $279
69  Peru $268
70  Pakistan $255

UNECE 2011 statistics[edit]

Wages common currency (US$) estimates: are computed by converting national currency figures on the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) site into PPPs for private consumption, both for year 2011, which come from the OECD database under National Accounts.[5][? clarification needed]

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.

Where data are not available in full-time units, it has been mentioned in the note for the corresponding country. In these cases, the wages are either expressed for full-time workers only or total wages are divided by the number of all employees including both full-time and part-time workers.

Rank Country Monthly average wage $[6]
1  United States $4,537
2  Luxembourg $4,455
3   Switzerland $4,265
4  Ireland $4,211
5  Netherlands $3,922
6  Norway $3,881
7  Belgium $3,831
8  Denmark $3,826
9  Austria $3,704
10  Canada $3,604
11  United Kingdom $3,461
12  Germany $3,430
13  Iceland $3,374
14  Finland $3,242
15  France $3,241
16  Sweden $3,233
17  Spain $2,884
18  Italy $2,838
19  Slovenia $2,701
20  Greece $2,245
21  Israel $2,047
22  Portugal $1,928
23  Croatia $1,856
24  Poland $1,753
25  Hungary $1,712
26  Czech Republic $1,669
27  Slovakia $1,638
28  Bosnia & Herzegovina $1,545
29  Estonia $1,450
30  Russia $1,003
31  Belarus $911
32  Kazakhstan $696
33  Ukraine $659
34  Azerbaijan $654
35  Georgia $636
36  Armenia $512
37  Republic of Moldova $462
39  Kyrgyzstan $425
40  Tajikistan $247

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gross income - Compulsory deductions = Disposable income
  2. ^ "Taxing Wages - Comparative tables: Average tax wedge, One-earner married couple at 100% of average earnings, 2 children". OECD.StatExtracts, stats.oecd.org. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD. 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Average annual wages, 2013 USD PPPs and 2013 constant prices". OECD.StatExtracts, stats.oecd.org. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD. 2012. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17512040
  5. ^ OECD. "OECD Statistics". oecd.org. 
  6. ^ http://w3.unece.org/pxweb/dialog/varval.asp?ma=60_MECCWagesY_r&path=../database/STAT/20-ME/3-MELF/&lang=1&ti=Gross+Average+Monthly+Wages+by+Country+and+Year UNECE

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