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's statistics[edit]

rankCountryDisposable income
in 2012 USD[1]
Compulsory
deduction[2]
Gross income
in 2012 USD[3]
1 United States38,75329.6%55,047
2 Ireland38,21025.9%51,565
3 Luxembourg33,37336.6%52,639
4 Australia33,31932.9%49,655
5  Switzerland32,06639.8%53,265
6 Canada31,50130.8%45,521
7 United Kingdom29,93832.3%44,222
8 South Korea29,03821.0%36,757
9 Norway28,54338.5%46,410
10 Denmark27,42439.1%45,031
11 Japan23,48631.2%34,137
12 Austria22,81348.9%44,644
13 Finland22,54842.5%39,214
14 Sweden22,51243.0%39,494
15 Netherlands22,06452.7%46,646
16 Germany21,18749.7%42,121
17 Belgium20,89456.0%47,487
18 Israel20,79527.6%28,722
19 Spain20,23241.4%34,525
20 France19,72150.2%39,600
21 Slovenia18,57542.3%32,193
22 Italy16,78950.4%33,849
23 Greece15,14241.9%26,062
24 Portugal14,62136.7%23,098
25 Poland12,58240.4%21,110
26 Czech Republic11,63743.2%20,487
27 Slovakia11,47943.2%20,210
28 Estonia10,64241.6%18,222
29 Hungary10,28849.4%20,332

International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s 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.

rankCountryMonthly 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 Pakistan$255
72 Tajikistan$227

UNECE's 2011 statistics[edit]

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

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.

rankCountryMonthly 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. ^ OECD Tax Database - Figure V.1 compares average tax wedges and compulsory payment wedges (updated March 2013) for single taxpayers at average earnings without children in 2012
  3. ^ OECD Statistics -> Data by theme -> Labour -> Earnings -> Average annual wages
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ http://stats.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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