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Mapped: Minimum Wage Around the World

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Mapped: Minimum Wage Around the World

The purpose of a minimum wage is to establish a baseline income level for workers in a given jurisdiction. Ideally it’s enough to cover basic needs like food and housing, but this isn’t always a guarantee.

To see how the minimum wage differs around the world, we’ve visualized data from Picodi, which includes values for 67 countries as of January 2023.

Monthly Minimum Wage, by Country

The following table includes all of the data used in this infographic.

Each value represents the monthly minimum wage a full-time worker would receive in each country. Picodi states that these figures are net of taxes and have been converted to USD.

CountryIncrease compared to Jan 2022Minimum wage as of Jan 2023 (full-time, USD)
Argentina104.5%$336
Turkey100.0%$457
Moldova32.5%$180
Latvia27.1%$555
Malaysia25.8%$289
Pakistan24.6%$111
Romania24.5%$393
Germany21.9%$1,594
Belarus21.2%$189
Lithuania18.8%$646
North Macedonia18.5%$298
Mexico17.4%$315
Chile17.1%$369
Russia16.9%$224
Kazakhstan16.6%$131
Colombia16.4%$249
Hungary16.0%$383
Netherlands15.3%$1,895
Poland14.6%$584
Belgium14.3%$1,509
Serbia14.3%$347
Estonia14.2%$704
Azerbaijan14.2%$186
Albania13.3%$265
Slovenia12.9%$896
US12.6%$1,550
Croatia12.0%$571
Uzbekistan11.9%$72
Paraguay11.4%$323
Armenia11.4%$138
Peru10.3%$233
Bosnia and Herzegovina10.0%$324
Bulgaria9.9%$315
Luxembourg9.3%$2,140
Philippines9.2%$141
Uruguay9.0%$424
Brazil8.9%$232
India8.5%$95
Indonesia8.1%$173
Greece7.9%$626
Portugal7.8%$690
UK7.3%$1,705
Slovakia7.2%$572
South Africa6.9%$226
France6.6%$1,380
Czechia6.6%$643
Vietnam6.0%$162
Ecuador5.7%$407
New Zealand5.6%$1,866
Ireland5.4%$1,753
Canada5.1%$1,545
Thailand5.0%$195
Australia4.8%$2,022
South Korea4.7%$1,333
Taiwan4.6%$800
Bolivia4.0%$284
Guatemala3.9%$383
Malta3.6%$788
Ukraine3.1%$146
Israel0.0%$1,389
Puerto Rico0.0%$1,328
Hong Kong0.0%$959
Saudi Arabia0.0%$958
Spain0.0%$925
Montenegro0.0%$459
Nigeria0.0%$68
Cyprus--$854

Generally speaking, developed countries have a higher cost of living, and thus require a higher minimum wage.

Two outliers in this dataset are Argentina and Turkey, which have increased their minimum wages by 100% or more from January 2022 levels.

Turkey is suffering from an ongoing currency crisis, with the lira losing over 40% of its value in 2021. Prices of basic goods have increased considerably as the Turkish lira continues to plummet. In fact, a 2022 survey found that 70% of people in Turkey were struggling to pay for food.

Argentina, South America’s second-biggest economy, is also suffering from very high inflation. In response, the country announced three minimum wage increases throughout 2022.

Minimum Wage in the U.S.

Within the U.S., minimum wage varies significantly by state. We’ve visualized each state’s basic minimum rate (hourly) using January 2023 data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

US minimum wage

2023-03-17 Update: This map was updated to fix several incorrect values. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

America’s federal minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009 at $7.25 per hour.

Each state is allowed to set their own minimum wage, as long as it’s higher than the federal minimum. In states that do not set their own minimum, the federal minimum applies.

If we assume someone works 40 hours a week, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 translates to an annual figure of just $15,080 before taxes. California’s minimum wage of $15.50 translates to $32,240 before taxes.

For further perspective, check out our 2022 infographic on the salary needed to buy a home across 50 U.S. cities.

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