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 2012 USD
(PPP)[1]
Compulsory
deduction, 2012
Family: 1 earner, 2 children[2]
Gross income
in 2012 USD
(PPP)[3]
  Switzerland 48,414 10.10% 53,716
 Ireland 48,073 6.07% 51,218
 Luxembourg 47,716 13.62% 55,176
 United States 45,582 18.64% 56,067
 Australia 42,617 16.52% 51,050
 Canada 37,469 18.36% 45,896
 Denmark 34,797 27.82% 48,209
 Netherlands 32,120 32.44% 47,458
 Norway 31,208 31.09% 49,663
 United Kingdom 30,064 27.55% 41,496
 South Korea 29,357 18.54% 36,039
 Germany 28,636 33.96% 43,361
 Austria 28,051 37.89% 45,164
 Belgium 28,015 41.29% 47,717
 Japan 26,122 25.72% 35,167
 Sweden 25,196 37.56% 40,352
 Finland 24,931 37.32% 39,839
 Slovenia 24,750 23.20% 32,227
 Israel 24,084 16.56% 28,864
 Spain 22,866 34.73% 35,033
 France 22,718 43.07% 39,913
 Italy 21,096 38.77% 34,397
 Portugal 16,664 27.91% 23,115
 Czech Republic 16,626 26.10% 21,037
 Poland 15,768 29.63% 22,407
 Slovak Republic 15,076 25.82% 20,323
 Greece 15,061 43.90% 26,846
 Hungary 13,419 34.20% 20,391
 Estonia 12,421 32.39% 18,371

International Labour Organisation (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 $2,605
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  Czech Republic $1,786
27  Croatia $1,756
28  Turkey $1,731
29  Qatar $1,690
30  Hong Kong $1,545
31  Poland $1,536
32  Slovakia $1,385
33  Hungary $1,374
34  Republic of Macedonia $1,345
35  Bosnia & Herzegovina $1,338
36  Estonia $1,267
37  Russian Federation $1,215
38  Jamaica $1,135
39  Lithuania $1,109
40  Argentina $1,108
41  Latvia $1,098
42  Serbia $1,058
43  Chile $1,021
44  Botswana $996
45  Malaysia $961
46  Belarus $959
47  Romania $954
48  Bahrain $917
49  Panama $831
50  Mauritius $783
51  Brazil $778
52  Macau $758
53  Kazakhstan $753
54  Bulgaria $750
55  Colombia $692
56  Ukraine $686
57  China $656
58  Mexico $609
59  Georgia $603
60  Azerbaijan $596
61  Egypt $548
62  Thailand $489
63  Armenia $471
64  Dominican Republic $462
65  Moldova $438
66  Mongolia $415
67  Syria $364
68  Kyrgyzstan $336
69  India $295
70  Philippines $279
71  Peru $268
72  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 and Terms of Use) 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. ^ "Where are you on the global pay scale?". BBC News. 
  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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