International Average Salary Data
Category: Business and Money > Economics
Asked by: heidis-ga
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02 Sep 2003 17:29 PDT
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Question ID: 251584
I need assistance in finding a resource that I am fairly sure exists on the internet; attempting to compile this kind of information piece by piece would be incredibly time consuming. I am looking for information regarding wages and salaries from around the world. Ideally this would be a table or chart that lists annual wages by country converted to US dollars. It does not need to be based on any specific industry. Additionally, I am looking for a similar chart or table that lists the average education level of each country's citizens. I have tried to piece this information together through searches on various counties (such as India, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica) and have found only industry-specific information, or data that indicates percentage increases, not values from one particular time. I have taxed my research skills in trying to find a document or site that contains this kind of comprehensive information. I do not want someone to assemble the data for me, but to lend a hand in finding an existing resource, if it does indeed exist.
Re: International Average Salary Data
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 04 Sep 2003 18:16 PDT
Hello again, heidis-ga, and thanks for a most challenging question. Sorry I did reply sooner, but this required more digging than I anticipated. Comparative information on wages in different countries turns out to be a tough nut to crack. The International Labor Organization actually collects tons of information of this type, and has been doing so for decades, but it has proven very difficult to actually make use of the data for comparative purposes. The data I originally alluded to turned out to be too convoluted to be of any use. With a bit of creative graph-reading, however, I think I can get you an alternative source for the wage data you're looking for. At this site: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/kilm/kilm17.htm the ILO summarizes its latest data on what it calls KILM 17. KILM stands for "Key Indicators of the Labor Market" and #17 is a reference to the data collected on hourly compensation costs. Figure 17a in this document is labeled: Relative hourly compensation costs (US=100), 2001 This is the data you want, as it compares average wages in very many countries to those in the US for the relatively recent period of 2001. However, there are two caveats: (1) It's an index (the US is set arbitrarily to "100") rather than actual wage numbers. So a country like Singapore where the index is "40" has an average wage 40% that of the US, while workers in Norway, at "115" get 15% higher wages than US workers, on average. (2) It's a graph, so you have to read the numbers off the figure, rather than having a nice neat table already prepared. That said, there's some real good information here. The text that accompanies the graph notes: "The disparity in compensation costs between economies continues to be wide, ranging from US$0.48 per hour in Sri Lanka to US$22.99 in Germany..." Knowing the range of real wages helps put actual numbers to the index. Wages in the US would be $20.00 per hour (keep in mind, these are total compensation packages -- largely dominated by wages plus benefits). In a country like Portugal, with an index of "25" workers would earn 25% of US wage earners, or about $5.00 an hour. If you need any help interpreting the graph, or assigning dollar values to the countries, just let me know, and I'll be glad to help you further on this. Somewhere in the ILO, someone has the raw data for this graph, with the actual values of average wages in each country. If you contact them, they may be able to help you further...the unit that compiles the KILM data can be reached at: MSU@ilo.org --------------------------------- You also asked about education data. This is much more straightforward. This table from the United Nations Statistics Division: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/social/education.htm provides the number of years of schooling, on average, for the people in almost every country. The data ranges from a high of 16.9 years of schooling for the average Australian, to only 2.1 years of schooling in Mali. --------------------------------- I hope this is what you needed. If any of this is not clear, or requires furhter elaboration, just post a Request for Clarification to let me know. I'll be happy to assist you further. pafalafa-ga
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Re: International Average Salary Data
From: tutuzdad-ga on 02 Sep 2003 20:00 PDT
Dear heidis-ga: I can offer you this from the CIA WORLD FACTBOOK. Please let me know if it meets your needs: GNP PURSCHASING POWER PARITY (PER CAPITA) (In equivalent US dollars) http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2004.html And here the countries are listed from highest income in terms of individual purchasing power per capita to the lowest: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html "This entry shows GDP on a purchasing power parity basis divided by population as of 1 July for the same year." In addition, here is the world literacy data from the same source: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/2103.html "This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world." Please let me know if this answers your qeustion and I'd be happy to close the question for you. Regards; tutuzdad-ga
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