SALARY IN NORWAY

Norway is a small but very beautiful and economically developed state, located in Northern Europe in the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. In the east and southeast bordered by Sweden, Finland and Russia. Huge reserves of natural resources (oil, gas, fish) are concentrated here, which contributes to the standard of living and prosperity of the country as a whole.

The population of Norway is only 5.4 million people, and unemployment does not exceed 4%. This is a very safe country with excellent infrastructure, quality medicine and free higher education. It is an ideal place for business, professional activity and residence. Let's find out what salaries in Norway in 2020.

Salary in Norway

Minimum salary in Norway

Norway is on the list of ten European countries that do not have a national minimum wage. The rates are fixed in labor collective agreements between employers, trade unions and local authorities and depend on the specific economic sector.

MINIMUM WAGE IN NORWAY (krone/dollar per hour)

Construction

  • Skilled workers – 209.7 kr ($22.9)

  • Unskilled workers with no experience – 188.4 kr ($20.6)

  • Unskilled workers with at least 1 year of experience – 196.5 kr ($21.4)

  • Workers under 18 years of age –126.5 kr ($13.8)

Maritime construction industry

  • Skilled workers – 178.55 kr ($19.5)

  • Intermediate skilled workers – 170.53 kr ($18.6)

  • Unskilled workers – 162.60 kr ($17.7)

For employment requiring an overnight stay away from home, the following hourly allowance is paid:

  • For skilled workers – 35.71 kr ($3.9)

  • For medium-skilled workers – 34.11 kr ($3.7)

  • For unskilled workers – 32.52 kr ($3.5 $)

Agriculture and horticulture

Temporary workers
  • Under 18 years of age – 103.15 kr ($11.3)

  • Over 18 years of age for work up to 12 weeks – 123.15 kr ($13.4)

  • Over 18 years old for work between 12 and 24 weeks – 128.65 kr ($14)

  • Over 18 years of age for more than 6 months of service – 143.05 kr ($15.6 $)

Permanent workers
  • Unskilled workers – 143.05 kr ($15.6)

  • Workers under 18 years of age – 112.65 kr ($12.3)

  • Supplement for skilled workers – 11.75 kr ($1.3 $)

  • Cleaning company employees (janitors)

  • Regular rate – 187.66 kr ($20.5)

  • Workers under the age of 18 – 139.62 kr ($15.2)

Fish processing companies

  • Skilled workers –195.2 kr ($21.3)

  • Production workers – 183.7 kr ($20)

  • Workers under the age of 18 – 80% of the minimum wage.

Electricians (other than oil industry)

  • Skilled workers – 217.63 kr ($23.7)

  • Other workers – 189.52 kr ($20.7)

Trucking (over 3.5 tons) – 175.95 kr ($19.2)

Passenger transport – 158.37 kr ($17.3)

Service industry (workers over 20 years old and over 18 years old with at least four months of experience) – 167.90 kr ($18.3)

Note. Information about the minimum wage in Norway is based on official data from the Norwegian Labour Inspectorate.

In order to obtain a residence permit to work in Norway, the pay and working conditions of a foreign worker must not be less / worse than for locals. In the case of employment in an industry to which a collective agreement applies, the collective wage rate must be paid.

In the case of employment in an industry to which a collective bargaining agreement does not apply, the wage may not be lower than the normal rate for someone working in the profession in the place where the foreigner is going to work.

  1. If the position requires a master's degree, the foreign professional's pre-tax salary must be at least NOK 428,200 per year ($46,710).

  2. If the position requires a bachelor's degree, the foreign specialist's pre-tax salary must be at least NOK 397,100 ($43,320) per year.

Average salary in Norway

According to official data from the Norwegian statistical office, the average wage in Norway in 2020 is 47,290 krone per month, the equivalent of 5,160 U.S. dollars.

AVERAGE SALARY IN NORWAY BY SECTOR OF ECONOMY

Sector of Economy Krone per month U.S. dollars per month
Mining and quarrying 74,600 8,140
Financial and insurance activities 69,070 7,535
Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning 62,510 6,820
Information and communications 61,540 6,715
Professional, scientific and technical activities 58,470 6,380
Real estate operations 56,150 6,125
Public administration and defense 50,700 5,530
Manufacture 48,410 5,280
Transportation and storage 46,720 5,095
Education 46,320 5,055
Construction 44,570 4,860
Water, sewerage and waste management 43,780 4,775
Health care and social work 43,770 4,775
Wholesale and retail trade 42,420 4,630
Arts, entertainment and recreation 41,210 4,495
Administrative and support services 40,430 4,410
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 38,830 4,235
Accommodation and meals 32,510 3,545
Other services 43,580 4,755

In the private and public sector in Norway, local workers earn 47,800 kr ($5,215) per month. Central government officials earn 51,260 kr ($5,590) per month, and at the local level 43,250 kr ($4,720). Women's wages in Norway are 43,850 kr ($4,785) and men's 50,080 kr ($5,465).

AVERAGE SALARY IN NORWAY BY OCCUPATION

Occupation Krone per month U.S. dollars per month
Managing directors and executives 80,250 8,755
Managers 69,500 7,580
Skilled workers 54,240 5,915
Technicians and junior specialists 52,730 5,750
Machinists and installers 40,320 4,400
Clerical workers 39,830 4,345
Handicraftsmen and allied tradesmen 39,550 4,315
Skilled workers in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries 35,170 3,835
Trade and service workers 35,150 3,835
Unskilled workers 33,610 3,665

Note. Statistics Norway's average wages by sector and occupational group are based on official data from the Norwegian Statistics Authority.

In conclusion, note that the basic rate of income tax in Norway from the salaries of employees is 22%. In addition the country provides for progressive rates depending on the annual income – from 0 (income up to 180,800 krone a year), to 16.2% (income over 999,551 krone a year).

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