Monthly minimum wage in Russia and its major cities in 2020

The monthly minimum wage in Russia as of January 1, 2020 amounted to 12,130 Russian rubles, or approximately 196 U.S. dollars. In the capital Moscow, it was set at 20,195 Russian rubles, or nearly 326 U.S. dollars. Since January 1, 2019, the monthly minimum wage in Russia was equaled to the minimum cost of living set in the country.

The poor and the rich in Russia

While nearly 18 percent of its population lived under the poverty line, Russia ranked tenth worldwide by the number of ultra-high-net-worth-individuals (UHNWIs), or persons whose wealth exceeded 30 million U.S. dollars. Russians earning the highest 20 percent of income accounted for approximately 47 percent of the total composite monetary income in 2018.

Regional disparities

The economic inequality was also observed across Russian federal subjects. The median monthly wage ranged from 19 thousand Russian rubles in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic to 78 thousand Russian rubles in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug between June 2018 and June 2019. Minimum wage thresholds can be regulated by regional authorities, as long as they are not lower than the federal minimum wage.

Monthly minimum wage in Russia and its largest cities as of January 1, 2020*

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

As of January 1, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Figures for Moscow and Saint Petersburg were obtained from the websites of the respective governments.

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