MINIMUM AND AVERAGE SALARY IN ESTONIA

Estonia is located in the northern part of Europe. In the east it borders with Russia, in the south with Latvia. Washed by the waters of the Baltic Sea. Since 2004 it is a member of the European Union, and in 2011 joined the euro zone. In terms of economic development and living standards, Estonia is considered the most prosperous country in the Baltics.

Salary in Estonia

Estonia has a population of only 1.3 million and a labor force of over 700,000. The unemployment rate is around 7–8%. The largest city and capital of the country, Tallinn, is home to about 453 thousand people, of which about 40% are ethnic Russians. Let's find out what salaries in Estonia in 2024.

Minimum salary in Estonia

According to official data from the Estonian government, the minimum wage in Estonia in 2024 is 820 euros per month or 9,840 euros per year. The hourly rate is 4.86 euros. This is the average among the Baltic countries. In Lithuania, workers receive a minimum of 924 euros, and in Latvia 700. For example, in Poland, the minimum wage is 4,242 zlotys (995 euros).

Important. Estonian primary and secondary school teachers earn a minimum of 1,749 euros.

Compared to last year, the minimum wage in Estonia increased by 95 euros per month (13,1%). Inflation in Estonia at the end of 2023 slightly exceeded 9,1%, so the purchasing power of Estonian workers has increased. Over the past 10 years, Estonia's minimum wage has increased by 465 euros, from 355 euros in 2014, to 820 euros in 2024.

Average salary in Estonia

According to official information from the Estonian Statistical Office, the average wage in Estonia in 2024 is 1,904 euros per month. The hourly rate is 10 euros. Compared to the previous year the salaries of Estonian workers have increased by 129 euros (1 775 euros in 2023). During the last 9 years the average salary in Estonia has increased by 865 euros.

The highest income for Estonian workers is in Tallinn (2,121 euros) and Tartu County (1,941 euros), and the lowest in the counties of Saare (1,449 euros) and Valga (1,408 euros). The highest average wages in Estonia are in information and communication, financial and insurance activities, and the lowest in accommodation and catering services and real estate operations.

AVERAGE SALARY IN ESTONIA BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of economy Euro per month
Information and communication 3,271
Financial and insurance activity 2,902
Supply of electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 2,548
Public administration and protection 2,534
Professional and scientific-technical activity 2,279
Health care and social work 2,267
Extraction of mineral resources 2,214
Education 1,940
Water supply and waste management 1,837
Manufacturing 1,763
Transportation and storage 1,688
Construction 1,677
Wholesale and retail trade 1,654
Administrative and support services 1,597
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 1,583
Art, entertainment and leisure 1,556
Operations with real estate 1,310
Accommodation and meals 1,193
Other services 1,247

Note. Information on average wages by sector is based on official data from Statistics Estonia.

In conclusion, we note that the Estonian income tax rate from the salaries of employees is 20%. As of 1 January 2018, the total tax-free amount (basic exemption) is 6,000 euros per year (500 euros per month).

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