Europe’s Massive Minimum Wage Disparity

by
,

Figures compiled by Eurostat show an enormous gulf in monthly minimum wage levels across the European Union. Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage in the EU by a considerable distance – Luxembourgers earn €1,874 before the deduction of income tax and social security contributions.

In Bulgaria, which has the lowest minimum wage in the EU, workers earn a mere €159. Romania comes second-last with monthly minimum wages of €178. Back towards the top of the scale, Belgium comes second and the Netherlands comes third. They had monthly minimum wages of €1,502 and €1,478 respectively. Ireland and France round off the top five.

By contrast, the United States has a monthly minimum wage of €961. 21 of the EU's 28 Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Croatia) have national minimum wage legislation by national intersectoral agreement. Germany's minimum wage is set to take effect in January 2015.



Infographic: Europe’s Massive Minimum Wage Disparity | Statista
Enlarge
Related Infographics
  • Smoking
    Where Europe's school students smoke the most

    This chart shows the percentage of 15 & 16 year-old students who used cigarettes in the past 30 days.

You may also be interested in...
Infographic Newsletter

Statista offers daily infographics about trending topics covering Media and Society.

Download & Reference

You may also be interested in...
FAQ
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", which current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Robin Hüdepohl
(robin.huedepohl@statista.com).