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 5.5 million people, and unemployment does not exceed 3–4%. 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 2024.

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 – 238.30 kr ($22)

  • Unskilled workers with no experience – 214.90 kr ($20)

  • Unskilled workers with at least 1 year of experience – 223.80 kr ($21)

  • Workers under 18 years of age – 146.50 kr ($13)

Maritime construction industry

  • Skilled workers – 204.51 kr ($19)

  • Semi-skilled workers – 195.54 kr ($18)

  • Unskilled workers – 186.67 kr ($17)

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

  • For skilled workers – 40.90 kr ($3.75)

  • For medium-skilled workers – 39.11 kr ($3.59)

  • For unskilled workers – 37.33 kr ($3.43 $)

Agriculture and horticulture

Temporary workers
  • Under 18 years of age – 124.90 kr ($11)

  • Over 18 years of age for work up to 12 weeks – 144.90 kr ($13)

  • Over 18 years old for work between 12 and 24 weeks – 150.40 kr ($14)

Permanent workers
  • Unskilled workers – 164.80 kr ($15)

  • Workers under 18 years of age – 134.40 kr ($12)

  • Supplement for skilled workers – 14 kr ($1.3 $)

  • Cleaning company employees (janitors)

  • Regular rate – 216.04 kr ($19.8)

  • Workers under the age of 18 – 165.05 kr ($15)

Fish processing companies

  • Skilled workers – 220.03 kr ($20)

  • Production workers – 206.03 kr ($19)

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

Electricians (other than oil industry)

  • Skilled workers – 242.34 kr ($22)

  • Other workers – 213.66 kr ($20)

Trucking (over 3.5 tons) – 207 kr ($19)

Passenger transport – 202.62 kr ($19)

Service industry (workers over 20 years old and over 18 years old with at least four months of experience) – 190.79 kr ($18)

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 480,900 per year ($44,140).

  2. If the position requires a bachelor's degree, the foreign specialist's pre-tax salary must be at least NOK 448,900 ($41,205) per year.

Average salary in Norway

According to official data from the Norwegian statistical office, the average wage in Norway in 2024 is 56,360 krone per month, the equivalent of 5,175 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 82,130 7,725
Financial and insurance activities 77,800 7,315
Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning 71,270 6,705
Information and communications 69,100 6,500
Professional, scientific and technical activities 66,270 6,230
Real estate operations 65,120 6,125
Public administration and defense 56,870 5,350
Manufacture 53,670 5,045
Transportation and storage 51,760 4,870
Construction 50,020 4,705
Education 49,820 4,685
Water, sewerage and waste management 49,510 4,656
Health care and social work 48,710 4,580
Wholesale and retail trade 48,360 4,550
Fishing, agriculture and forestry 46,420 4,365
Arts, entertainment and recreation 46,230 4,350
Administrative and support services 44,900 4,225
Accommodation and meals 36,260 3,410
Other services 48,450 4,555

In the private and public sector in Norway, local workers earn 57,200 kr ($5,250) per month. Central government officials earn 61,170 kr ($5,615) per month, and at the local level 50,560 kr ($4,640). Women's wages in Norway are 52,530 kr ($4,820) and men's 59,460 kr ($5,460).

AVERAGE SALARY IN NORWAY BY OCCUPATION

Occupation Krone per month U.S. dollars per month
Managing directors and executives 93,240 8,770
Managers 78,330 7,365
Professionals 59,980 5,640
Technicians and associate professionals 59,210 5,570
Plant and machine operators and assemblers 44,680 4,200
Clerical workers 44,610 4,195
Craft and related trades workers 43,930 4,130
Skilled workers in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries 40,220 3,780
Trade and service workers 38,760 3,645
Unskilled workers 37,560 3,530

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 208,051 krone a year), to 17.6% (income over 1,350,000 krone a year).

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