Working in Estonia - Average Wage

With the economical growth of Estonia since the joining of E.U., the average wages in Estonia had grown rapidly, and since the end of 2007, passed the barrier of 12 000 eek (bruto). For more detailed information, see Eesti Statistika average wage report for last quarter of 2007.

In the first quarter of 2008, the average bruto salary per month is 12 337 eek (790 Euros), or 74,74 eek per hour. But the average salaries vary much, starting from 7 894 eek (505 Euros, for hotel workers) till 31 252 eek (2000 Euros, for finance brokers). See the statistics for the average salary per month and hour for the first quarter of 2008.

Besides the difference between job types, there's a big difference also regarding where are you working in Estonia. The Estonian Parliament explains it better, in a document released in March 2008.
For instance, the average salary for a worker in Tallinn is 2000 eek bigger then a worker in Tartu, the second biggest city of Estonia. See more in the table below:

Keskmine brutopalk 2007 IV kv maakondade lõikes (krooni)
Average Wage (bruto) for the last quarter of 2007 by Regions (in eek)

Harju maakond13804
Hiiu maakond9700
Ida-Viru maakond9327
Jõgeva maakond10268
Järva maakond10855
Lääne maakond9577
Lääne-Viru maakond9723
Põlva maakond9601
Pärnu maakond10352
Rapla maakond10169
Saare maakond10947
Tartu maakond12213
Valga maakond8988
Viljandi maakond10401
Võru maakond9490
Eesti keskmine12 270

As you can see, there are many details you have to consider while thinking about salaries in Estonia. Besides the language, the location and kind of job can mean a big difference in your monthly payment.

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