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This Is the Average Salary in All European Union Countries in 2019

We’re looking today at the average salary in the EU countries in 2019, as I consider this data extremely important for those who are looking to move to a specific country in the European Union or are planning to travel here. My general rule of thumb is that you can estimate costs by knowing the average wages in a country: in theory at least, if you have that amount on you, you could live a middle class life while there.

Of course, there are many other factors to consider when it comes to the actual cost of living, but even so, the average salary can be used as a clear indicator of the prices in a specific country: the lower it is, the lower the prices should be. The opposite is not necessarily true, as higher salaries don’t automatically mean a much inflated cost of living, but a higher quality of life.

In the end, it doesn’t matter why you are interested to know the average salary in the European Union countries in 2019: for statistics, for satisfying your curiosity or for planning your next moves. The thing is that I have these numbers to share with you below and I hope that they will be useful.

Important note: The economy changes constantly and the research I am doing to gather all this information regards the average wages in all these countries might be a bit off. Take everything with a pinch of salt, as the real average salary in a country might be a bit different than the numbers shared below as they also are higher or lower based on the city you’re interested in. However, for informational purposes, the data below is better than no data at all.

With all these in mind, let’s check out the average salary in all EU countries in 2019 (we’re talking about the take-home or net salary, with numbers in EUROS):

1. Luxembourg: €3,500
2. Denmark: €3,350
3. Ireland: €2,750
4. Sweden: €2,650
5. United Kingdom: €2,625 (still in the EU at the moment of writing this article)
6. Finland: €2,500
7. Germany: €2,350
8. Austria: €2,300
9. France: €2,250
10. Netherlands: €2,200
11. Belgium: €2,150
12. Italy: €1,825
13. Spain: €1,800
14. Cyprus: €1,750
15. Slovenia: €1,200
16. Estonia: €1,180
17. Slovakia: €1,000
18. Portugal: €1,000
19. Malta: €1,000
20. Czechia: €925
21. Greece: €900
22. Poland: €850
23. Croatia: €800
24. Latvia: €745
25. Lithuania: €725
26. Hungary: €675
27. Romania: €575
28. Bulgaria: €475

If we are to average all these numbers, we would end up with an average salary of €1,644 throughout the European Union in 2019. However, as you can see for yourself in the table above, there are huge differences in Europe and countries towards the end of the table are earning a few times less than those at the top.

For example, the average wage in Luxembourg is 7 times more than what people in Bulgaria are earning. The drops in the average salary are also substantial even in the top 10: a whooping €1,300 difference between the 1st and the 10th! All in all, salaries have increased greatly in the European Union for 2019, with some major gains recorded by Estonia.

However, as I said in the intro, these average wages in all the countries in the European Union might not reflect actual numbers that one would get if they just started to work in one of these countries. As we see that the average throughout all countries in Europe is €1,644 (yet half of the countries in the EU earn a lot less), the same goes on a country by country basis: some industries will pay a lot more than others. So don’t expect to instantly get hired for the average wage listed above instantly.

However, for guidance and estimations, this is a good starting point and an interesting list to look at. It would be great if people living in the various countries of the European Union listed above could confirm the official data that I managed to gather, so that we can have a clearer view of the actual numbers.

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