Average wages around the world, adjusted by purchasing power 2012 (in U.S. dollars)

This graph shows average wages around the world in 2012 as calculated by purchasing power parity. In 2012 the highest average wage was earned in Luxembourg at 4,089 purchasing power parity dollars.


Wages and salaries

Wages and salaries in the United States have increased during the last decades. The median weekly earnings of a full-time wage and salary worker were about 241 U.S. dollars in 1979 and shifted up to 768 U.S. dollars in 2012.

The median earnings of U.S. full-time wage and salary workers vary across their educational attainment. The highest paid workers are those who hold a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The U.S. federal government specified minimum wage laws for workers in the United States, which say that workers must be paid no less than the current federal minimum wage. The minimum wage was set at 7.25 U.S. dollars per hour by federal law. The actual minimum wage varies from state to state, as some states have additional minimum wage laws.
For instance, the minimum wage in Washington was around 9.04 U.S. dollars per hour, while the worst minimum wage can be found in Georgia, where workers earn at least 5.15 U.S. dollars per hour. No minimum wages can be found in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi, as of January 1, 2012.

The number of workers paid hourly rates with earnings at or below the minimum wage in the U.S. was at its highest in the industry type of leisure and hospitality in 2013.

Recent statistics show that the share of female workers paid hourly rates at or below prevailing federal minimum wage in the United States decreased since 1979. In that year, 20.2 percent of the female wage and salary workers were paid below the federal minimum wage, while only 2.9 percent of the female workers were paid below the federal minimum wage in 2006.

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 Average monthly wage in U.S. dollars
Luxembourg 4,089
Norway 3,678
Austria 3,437
United States 3,263
United Kingdom 3,065
Belgium 3,035
Sweden 3,023
Ireland 2,997
Finland 2,925
Korea (Republic of) 2,903
France 2,886
Canada 2,724
Germany 2,720
Singapore 2,616
Australia 2,610
Cyprus 2,605
Japan 2,522
Italy 2,445
Iceland 2,431
Spain 2,352
Greece 2,300
New Zealand 2,283
South Africa 1,838
Malta 1,808
Israel 1,804
Czech Republic 1,786
Croatia 1,756
Turkey 1,731
Qatar 1,690
Hong Kong (China) 1,545
Poland 1,536
Slovakia 1,385
Hungary 1,374
Macedonia 1,345
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1,338
Estonia 1,267
Russian Federation 1,215
Jamaica 1,135
Lithuania 1,109
Argentina 1,108
Latvia 1,098
Serbia 1,058
Chile 1,021
Botswana 996
Malaysia 961
Belarus 959
Romania 954
Bahrain 917
Panama 831
Mauritius 783
Brazil 778
Macau (China) 758
Kazakhstan 753
Bulgaria 750
Colombia 692
Ukraine 686
China 656
Mexico 609
Georgia 603
Azerbaijan 596
Egypt 548
Thailand 489
Armenia 471
Dominican Republic 462
Moldova (Republic of) 438
Mongolia 415
Syrian Arab Republic 364
Kyrgyzstan Republic 336
India 295
Philippines 279
Pakistan 255
Tajikistan 227
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