Not all places are created equal when it comes to wages, even when they form part of the European Union. Find out which 8 countries in the EU pay more than €15 per hour.
The countries of the European Union are a mixed bag when it comes to the amount you can expect to earn per hour. Perhaps surprisingly, the national minimum wage varies quite considerably across the Union.
As of 1 January 2017, 22 of the 27 EU Member States had a national minimum wage (as do all the EU candidate countries). The monthly minimum wages varies across the Member States, from €235 in Bulgaria to €1,999 in Luxembourg.
Anyone with a choice of where to live as an expat in the EU, who is not benefitting from a healthy expat salary, might consider checking out the national minimum wages and the locations where you can earn above the median gross hourly earnings of €13.20.
- Germany €15.70
- Netherlands €16.00
- Finland €17.20
- Belgium €17.30
- Luxembourg €18.40
- Sweden €18.50
- Ireland €20.20
- Denmark €25.50
Bear in mind that the cost of living in many of the countries listed above is high (see ‘The most expensive city in the world is…’), which obviously affects how far your wages will stretch.