MINIMUM AND AVERAGE WAGES IN EUROPE

According to official UN data, there are 44 countries on the European continent in 2021, including such dwarf states as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. At the same time, the European Union now includes 27 countries. At midnight on January 31 to February 1, 2020 Central European Time, Britain formally withdrew from the union.

European countries are very different in terms of population, area, cultural traditions, level of socio-economic development and many other indicators, including minimum and average wages. Even within the European Union, the incomes of local workers can be at incomparable levels. For example, if we compare Bulgaria and Scandinavian countries.

Wages in Europe

Given the official and current data of European governments and state statistical agencies, let us highlight the minimum and average wages in all European countries in 2021.

WAGES IN EUROPE IN 2021

COUNTRY Average salary Minimum salary Source
1. Albania 54,951 lek per month (445 euros) 30,000 lek per month (240 euros) Institute of Statistics of Albania – instat.gov.al
2. Andorra 2,040 euros per month 1,121.47 euros per month Government of Andorra – treball.ad
3. Austria 3,406 euros per month No Austrian government
4. Belarus 1,277.1 rubles per month (415 euros) 400 rubles per month (130 euros) Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Belarus –mintrud.gov.by
5. Belgium 3 401 euros per month 1,625.72 euros per month Government of Belgium
6. Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,504 marks per month (770 euros) 406 marks per month (210 euros) Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina
7. Bulgaria 1,468 lev per month (750 euros) 650 lev per month (650 euros) National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria – nsi.bg
8. Croatia 9,467 kuna per month (1,260 euros) 4,250 kuna per month (565 euros) Croatian Bureau of Statistics – dzs.hr
9. Czech Republic 35,611 koruna per month (1,400 euros) 15,200 koruna per month (600 euros) Czech Statistical Office – czso.cz
10. Denmark 38,854 krone per month (5,225 euros) No Government of Denmark
11. Estonia 1,448 euros per month 584 euros per month Estonian Statistical Office – stat.ee
12. Finland 3,548 euros per month No Government of Finland
13. France 3,085 euros per month 1,554.58 euros per month Government of France
14. Germany 4,035 euros per month 9.50 euros per month Government of Germany
15. Greece 1,060.45 euros per month 758.33 euros per month Government of Greece
16. Hungary 411,000 forints per month (1,175 euros) 167,400 forints per month (480 euros) Hungarian Central Statistical Office – ksh.hu
17. Iceland 689,300 krone per month (4,595 euros) 351,000 krone per month (2,340 euros) Trade unions and the Statistical Office of Iceland – statice.is
18. Ireland 845.20 euros per month 10.20 euros per month Central Statistical Office of Ireland – cso.ie
19. Italy 2,415 euros per month No Government of Italy
20. Latvia 1,143 euros per month 500 euros per month Latvian Central Statistics Bureau – csb.gov.lv
21. Liechtenstein 5,150 francs per month (5,480 euros) No Government of Liechtenstein
22. Lithuania 1,524.2 euros per month 642 euros per month Lithuanian Department of Statistics – osp.stat.gov.lt
23. Luxembourg 5,000 euros per month 2,201.93 euros per month Luxembourg National Institute of Statistics and Economic Research – statistiques.public.lu
24. Malta 1,625 euros per month 784.08 euros per month Malta Department of Industrial and Labour Relations – dier.gov.mt
25. Moldova 8,859.9 leu per month (405 euros) 2,935 leu per month (135 euros) National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova – statistica.gov.md
26. Monaco 4,000-5,000 euros per month 1,779.82 euros per month Government of Monaco – en.service-public-particuliers.gouv.mc
27. Montenegro 785 euros per month 222 euros per month Montenegro Statistical Office – poreskauprava.gov.me/monstat.org
28. Netherlands 2,855 euros per month 1,684.80 euros per month Dutch government – government.nl
29. Norway 48,750 krone per month (4,805 euros) No Statistics Norway – ssb.no
30. Northern Macedonia 42,204 denars per month (675 euros) 14,500 denars per month (235 euros) State Statistical Office of Northern Macedonia – stat.gov.mk
31. Poland 5,456.81 złoty per month (1,210 euros) 2,800 złoty per month (620 euros) Polish Central Statistical Office – stat.gov.pl
32. Portugal 1,158 euros per month 740.83 euros per month Government of Portugal
33. Romania 5,549 leu per month (1,125 euros) 2,300 leu per month (465 euros) Romanian National Institute of Statistics – insse.ro
34. Russia 49,516 rubles per month (550 euros) 12,792 rubles per month (140 euros) Federal State Statistics Service of Russia – gks.ru
35. San Marino 2,500 euros per month 1,582.57 euros per month San Marino Confederation of Labor – csdl.sm
36. Serbia 85,864 dinars per month (725 euros) 183.93 dinars per month (1.6 euros) Office of Statistics of the Republic of Serbia – stat.gov.rs
37. Slovakia 1,177 euros per month 623 euros per month Statistical Office of Slovakia – slovak.statistics.sk
38. Slovenia 1,856.20 euros per month 1,024.24 euros per month Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia – stat.si
39. Spain 2,075.43 euros per month 1,108.3 euros per month Government of Spain
40. Sweden 39,675 koruna per month (3,900 euros) No Statistics Sweden – scb.se
41. Switzerland 6,502 francs per month (5,915 euros) No Government of Switzerland
42. United Kingdom 2,480 pound sterling per month (2,875 euros) 8.91 pound sterling per month (10.3 euros) UK National Statistics Institute – ons.gov.uk
43. Ukraine 12,549 hryvnia per month (375 euros) 6,000 hryvnia per month (180 euros) State Statistics Service of Ukraine – ukrstat.gov.ua
44. Vatican City

In conclusion, we note that 10 countries in Europe do not set minimum wages at state level – Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Republic of Cyprus. Usually minimum wages are fixed in labor collective agreements between employers and trade unions and depend on the specific economic sector.

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