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Spanish wages

The wages in Spain are well below the average wages in the EU, but there are still 15 other European countries with lower wages than Spain.

euro-billsA common question among those who are thinking of moving to Spain is how much you can expect to earn. Of course there is no unambiguous answer to this. because it really depends on your personal qualifications and where you intend to live. But the global recruitment and staffing company Adecco has invited researchers from Barceló & Associates to calculate average salaries in Europe.

The average salary in the EU is € 1,995 gross per month. The Spanish average salary is € 1,640 per month, which means it is 17.8% lower than the average in Europe. In absolute numbers, the difference is 355 per month.

Spain is thus in an European intermediate level, where 15 countries have lower wages and 12 countries have higher wages. Above all, the Eastern European countries have considerably lower wages than Spain. The Spanish average salary is four times higher than in Bulgaria which is only 357 € per month. But on the other hand, 40.2% lower than the wages in UK.

In a comparison with Spain’s neighboring countries, France and Portugal, one sees that the Spanish wages are 27.3% lower than in France (615 € less per month). While the Spanish wages are 66.4% higher than the salaries in Portugal (€ 986 per month).

After a few years of decline, the average Spanish salary has a positive development again. This year’s average salary is 0.4% higher than last year.

If we look at the top-ranked Northern European countries (more than € 2500 per month) the average salaries are:

  • Denmark: € 3,553
  • Luxembourg: € 2,994
  • UK: € 2,742
  • Belgium: € 2,619
  • Ireland: € 2,592
  • Netherlands: € 2575
  • Finland: € 2,555
  • Sweden: € 2,541
  • Germany: € 2,515

Then follows an intermediate level which also includes Spain

  • Austria: € 2,382
  • France: € 2,255
  • Italy: € 2,017
  • Spain € 1640
  • Cyprus € 1,256
  • Malta: € 1,168
  • Slovenia: € 1,142

If you look at the countries that have less than € 1,000 per month, Portugal is the only Western European country. All the others are East European countries. A Bulgarian has to work for 10 months to earn as much as a Danish earns in one month’s work:

  • Portugal: € 986
  • Estonia: € 798
  • Croatia: € 782
  • Slovakia: € 774
  • Czech Republic: € 758
  • Poland: € 686
  • Latvia: € 601
  • Hungary: € 543
  • Lithuania: € 527
  • Romania: € 453
  • Bulgaria: € 357

Please note that the survey shows the average gross pay (before taxes). It says nothing about what one gets paid after tax, because tax rates vary significantly between countries. It neither says anything about the purchasing power because the price levels also varies a lot.

adecco-logotypeAbout Adecco

The Adecco Group is the world’s largest HR partner with approximately 5,100 offices in 60 countries spread across the world, including Sweden and Spain. 31,000 people are working in the Adecco Group. Adecco is registered in Switzerland and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange in Zurich. In 2014 the group achieved a turnover of 19,5 billion €. Besides recruitment services Adecco offers solutions within outsourcing, outplacement, leadership development, skills development and career guidance.