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

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Average monthly wage in U.S. dollars
Luxembourg4,089
Norway3,678
Austria3,437
United States3,263
United Kingdom3,065
Belgium3,035
Sweden3,023
Ireland2,997
Finland2,925
Korea (Republic of)2,903
France2,886
Canada2,724
Germany2,720
Singapore2,616
Australia2,610
Cyprus2,605
Japan2,522
Italy2,445
Iceland2,431
Spain2,352
Greece2,300
New Zealand2,283
South Africa1,838
Malta1,808
Israel1,804
Czech Republic1,786
Croatia1,756
Turkey1,731
Qatar1,690
Hong Kong (China)1,545
Poland1,536
Slovakia1,385
Hungary1,374
Macedonia1,345
Bosnia & Herzegovina1,338
Estonia1,267
Russian Federation1,215
Jamaica1,135
Lithuania1,109
Argentina1,108
Latvia1,098
Serbia1,058
Chile1,021
Botswana996
Malaysia961
Belarus959
Romania954
Bahrain917
Panama831
Mauritius783
Brazil778
Macau (China)758
Kazakhstan753
Bulgaria750
Colombia692
Ukraine686
China656
Mexico609
Georgia603
Azerbaijan596
Egypt548
Thailand489
Armenia471
Dominican Republic462
Moldova (Republic of)438
Mongolia415
Syrian Arab Republic364
Kyrgyzstan Republic336
India295
Philippines279
Pakistan255
Tajikistan227

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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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Release date
March 2012
Region
World
Survey time period
2012
Supplementary notes
The average wages are adjusted to reflect variations of the cost of living in each country.

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