Estonia’s average monthly income is on the rise

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, the average monthly gross income per employee was €1,234, which is €79 euros more than in 2017; the gross income has been on the rise since 2011.

The average monthly gross income per employee was highest in Harju county (€1,375) and lowest in Ida-Viru county (€996). Ida-Virumaa was the only county where the gross income was below €1,000.

In approximately a quarter of the municipalities, employees earned more than the Estonian average monthly gross income. Similarly to previous years, the top ten included mainly the municipalities of Harju county.

The average monthly gross income was highest in Viimsi (€1,711) and Rae (€1,704) rural municipalities. In Tallinn, the average gross income per month was €1,348. The gross income was below €1,000 in four cities of Ida-Viru county (Narva, Kohtla-Järve, Sillamäe and Narva-Jõesuu) and in Valga rural municipality, Statistics Estonia said in a statement.

The gender pay gap almost €300 a month on average

Employees aged 25-49 earned the highest average monthly gross income (€1,382). The average monthly gross income of 50-62-year-old employees (€1,135) was slightly below the average for Estonia. For employees aged up to 24 and 63 and over, the average income was below €1,000.

In 2018, the average monthly gross income of men was €1,386 and of women €1,095. Of counties, the biggest gender gap in gross income was in Hiiu county, and of municipalities, in Viimsi rural municipality – €402 and €483, respectively.

In 2018, the total number of employees receiving gross income was 535,405. Compared with the previous year, the number increased by 6,670 people. The increase was largest in the age group of 63-year-olds and over. The number of young income recipients, which had decreased in previous years, increased by 554 people in 2018.


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