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Women's average earnings as percentage of men's in Sweden 2014-2019

The earnings between men and women in Sweden are not equal. Men earn more than women, even though a higher share of women than men had a higher education level in 2019. In 2019, women’s average earnings reached only 96 percent of men’s average earnings, when controlled for factors such as occupation, age, sector, industry, and average hours worked per week.  

Equal pay, a highly observed problem

      In a survey about attitudes towards gender equality conducted and published in 2019, equal pay for equal work was the most common response, by 31 percent of respondents, to what they thought were the most important issues facing women and girls in Sweden today.   

Gender difference in the distribution among occupations and sectors

     The four percent difference between men’s and women’s earnings cannot be explained when controlled for the factors mentioned above. If not controlled for these factors, the earning difference would be even larger. This is because men and women are distributed differently between sectors and occupations, where average salaries may vary widely, and where women to a larger extent have lower paid occupations.

Women's average earnings as a percentage of men's average earnings in Sweden from 2014 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

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