List of minimum wages by country

List of minimum wages by country

The list below gives the official minimum wage rates in 197 countries and territories: 192 United Nations member states (does not include South Sudan, which gained independence in July 2011), plus the Republic of China (Taiwan), Northern Cyprus, Hong Kong, Kosovo and Western Sahara. Some countries are more effective than others at enforcing these regulations, so that the effective minimum wage may be lower than the official one.

The minimum wages given refer to a gross amount, i.e. before deduction of taxes and social security contributions, which vary from one country to another.

For the sake of comparison, an "annual wage" column is provided in International dollars, a hypothetical unit of currency that has the same purchasing power that the U.S. dollar had in the United States in 2009. For calculating the annual wage, the lowest general minimum wage was used.


Minimum wages by country

Note: To convert the gross annual wage to a different currency, go to this list, locate your desired currency's country of origin and then multiply the number next to the country's name by the annual gross wage in this article's table. This is necessary, because the annual wages are in International dollars, not market U.S. dollars. Note, however, that the purchasing power used here is for GDP and may differ from a private consumer purchasing power.

Country Minimum wage Gross annual wage
(Intl. dollars)
% of 2009 GDP
per capita
 Afghanistan 4,000 Afghani per month for government workers; 2,000 Afghani for private sector workers[4] &10000000000000907000000907 &1000000000000009700000097 02009 2009
 Albania 18,000 Albanian lekë per month, nationally[4] &100000000000042660000004,266 &1000000000000006000000060 02009-05 May 2009
 Algeria 15,000 Algerian dinars per month, nationally[4] &100000000000042770000004,277 &1000000000000006200000062 02009 2009
 Andorra 7.6 per hour and €915.20 per month, nationally; set by the government and adjusted twice a year[4] N/A N/A 02009 2009
 Angola 8,600 kwanza per month[4] &100000000000018440000001,844 &1000000000000003000000030 02008 2008
 Antigua and Barbuda EC$7.00 an hour for all categories of labor[4] &100000000000085190000008,519[5] &1000000000000004900000049 N/A
 Argentina 1,500 Argentine pesos a month, nationally[6] &100000000000091700000009,170 &1000000000000006300000063 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Armenia 30,000 Armenian dram per month; set by the government by decree[4] &100000000000018880000001,888 &1000000000000003800000038 N/A
 Australia 570.00 Australian dollars per week; set federally by the Fair Work Australia[7] &1000000000002002700000020,027 &1000000000000005200000052 02010-07-01 July 1, 2010
 Austria none; instead, nationwide collective bargaining agreements set minimum wages by job classification for each industry; the accepted unofficial annual minimum wage is 12,000 to €14,000[4] &1000000000001410100000014,101 &1000000000000003700000037 N/A
 Azerbaijan 75 Azerbaijani manat per month[4] &100000000000022280000002,228 &1000000000000002300000023 N/A
 The Bahamas B$4.00 per hour for the private sector; B$4.45 per hour for government employees[4] &100000000000099170000009,917[8] &1000000000000003800000038 02002 2002
 Bahrain none[4]
 Bangladesh 1,800 taka a month; set nationally every five years by the National Minimum Wage Board in a tripartite forum industry by industry[4] &10000000000000798000000798 &1000000000000005400000054 02007 2007
 Barbados BDS$5 per hour for household domestics and shop assistants[4] &100000000000082080000008,208[8] &1000000000000003700000037 N/A
 Belarus 220,080 Belarusian rubles a month nationally[4] &100000000000023340000002,334 &1000000000000001800000018 N/A
 Belgium 1,387.49 a month for workers 21 years of age and over; €1,424.31 a month for workers 21 and a half years of age, with six months of service; €1,440.67 a month for workers 22 years of age, with 12 months of service; coupled with extensive social benefits[9][10] &1000000000001881300000018,813 &1000000000000005300000053 02008-10-01 October 1, 2008
 Belize BZ$2.50 an hour for those in agriculture and agro-industry; BZ$3.00 for manual and domestic workers[4] &100000000000055710000005,571[11] &1000000000000007100000071 N/A
 Benin 30,000 CFA francs per month; the government set minimum wage scales for a number of occupations[4] &100000000000015530000001,553 &10000000000000108000000108 N/A
 Bhutan 100 Bhutanese ngultrum per day plus various allowances paid in cash or kind[4] &100000000000015200000001,520 &1000000000000002900000029 N/A
 Bolivia 647 Bolivian bolivianos per month for the public and private sectors[4] &100000000000029040000002,904 &1000000000000006500000065 02009 2009
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 320 convertible maraka per month in Republika Srpska; 343 convertible maraka per month in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina[4] &100000000000047700000004,770 &1000000000000006200000062 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Botswana 3.8 Botswana pula an hour for most full-time labor in the private sector[4] &100000000000029630000002,963[5] &1000000000000002100000021 N/A
 Brazil 510.00 reais per month[12] &100000000000039160000003,916 &1000000000000003700000037 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Brunei none[4]
 Bulgaria 240 Bulgarian leva per month[13] &100000000000039080000003,908 &1000000000000003300000033 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Burkina Faso 30,684 CFA francs a month in the formal sector; does not apply to subsistence agriculture or other informal occupations[4] &100000000000017360000001,736 &10000000000000133000000133 N/A
 Burundi 160 Burundian francs per day for unskilled workers; in practice, some employers voluntarily pay their unskilled laborers a minimum of 1,500 Burundian francs per day[4] &1000000000000008200000082 &1000000000000002100000021 N/A
 Cambodia equivalent to US$50 per month, plus a minimum $6 living allowance, for the garment sector; none for any other industry[9] &10000000000000672000000672 &1000000000000003400000034 02008-04-01 April 1, 2008
 Cameroon 28,246 CFA francs per month; applicable in all sectors[9] &100000000000013820000001,382 &1000000000000006400000064 02008-06 June 2008
 Canada set by each province and territory; ranges from C$8.00 to C$10.25 per hour (see List of minimum wages in Canada) &1000000000001671000000016,710[5] &1000000000000004400000044 02001-11-01 November 1, 2001
 Cape Verde 12,000 Cape Verdean escudos per month for an entry‑level worker in the public sector; none in the private sector[9] &100000000000020470000002,047 &1000000000000005900000059 N/A
 Central African Republic set in the public sector by decree and varies by sector and by kind of work; for example, approximately 8,500 CFA francs a month for agricultural workers; approximately 26,000 CFA francs a month for office workers[9] &10000000000000360000000360 &1000000000000004800000048 N/A
 Chad 28,000 CFA francs per month[9] &100000000000016710000001,671 &10000000000000104000000104 N/A
 Chile 172,000 Chilean pesos per month for workers aged 18–65; 128,402 pesos for workers younger than 18 and older than 65; and 110,950 pesos for 'non remunerative' purposes[14]; 92% of the 18–65 minimum wage for domestic servants[15] &100000000000054840000005,484 &1000000000000003800000038 02010-07-01 July 1, 2010
 Colombia 515,000 Colombian pesos a month; established by the government every January, serving as a benchmark for wage bargaining[9][16] &100000000000049830000004,983 &1000000000000005500000055 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Comoros 30,000 Comorian francs per month[9] &100000000000014740000001,474 &10000000000000126000000126 N/A
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 500 Congolese francs per day[9] &10000000000000306000000306 &1000000000000009300000093 N/A
 Republic of the Congo 54,000 CFA francs per month in the formal sector[9] &100000000000022250000002,225 &1000000000000005400000054 N/A
 Costa Rica ranging from 107,883 Costa Rican colones a month for domestic employees to 397,665 colones for university graduates; set annually by the National Wage Council[9] &100000000000037620000003,762 &1000000000000003600000036 02008 2008
 Côte d'Ivoire it varies by occupation, with the lowest set to 36,607 CFA franc per month for the industrial sector; a slightly higher minimum wage rate is applied for construction workers[9] &100000000000014430000001,443 &1000000000000008600000086 N/A
 Croatia 2,814.00 Croatian kuna (gross) per month for full-time workers; HRK 2,701.44 in the textile, wood-processing and leather industries[17] &100000000000079510000007,951 &1000000000000004500000045 02009-06-01 June 1, 2009
 Cuba it varies by occupation; on average, 225 Cuban pesos a month; supplemented by the government with free education, subsidized medical care (daily pay is reduced by 40 percent after the third day of a hospital stay), housing, and some subsidized food[9][18] &10000000000000229000000229[19] &100000000000000020000002[19] 02005-05-01 May 1, 2005
 Cyprus €743 per month for shop assistants, nurses' assistants, clerks, hairdressers, and nursery assistants; it rises to €789 after six months' employment[9] &1000000000001195200000011,952 &1000000000000004200000042 N/A
 Czech Republic 8,000 Czech korun a month[9] &100000000000066950000006,695 &1000000000000002800000028 02007-01-01 January 1, 2007
 Denmark none, nationally; instead, negotiated between unions and employer associations; 103.15 kroner per hour, according to statistics released on March 1, 2009[4] &1000000000002357300000023,573[20] &1000000000000006600000066 02009 2009
 Djibouti none; canceled by the 2006 Labor Code for occupational categories, establishing that wages be set after common agreement between employers and employees[9]
 Dominica EC$5.00 per hour for all public and private workers[9] &100000000000079090000007,909[8] &1000000000000007700000077 02008 2008
 Dominican Republic 4,900 Dominican pesos a month in the FTZs and between 4,485 and 7,360 pesos outside the FTZs, depending upon the size of the company; 2,600 pesos per month for the public sector; 150 pesos a day for farm workers who are covered by minimum wage regulations, based on a 10-hour day; 95 pesos per day for cane workers in the sugar industry[9] &100000000000014910000001,491 &1000000000000001800000018 N/A
 Ecuador US$240 (gross) per month plus mandated bonuses[9][21] &100000000000056800000005,680 &1000000000000007300000073 02008 2008
 Egypt N/A; set by the government for the public sector[9] N/A N/A N/A
 El Salvador US$192.10 a month for retail employees; US$187.73 for industrial laborers; US$166.82 for apparel assembly workers; US$89.86 for agriculture industry workers[9] &100000000000021870000002,187 &1000000000000003000000030 N/A
 Equatorial Guinea N/A; set by statute for all sectors of the formal economy; varies from sector to sector[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Eritrea 360 Eritrean nakfa per month in the civil service sector[9] &10000000000000526000000526 &1000000000000007700000077 N/A
 Estonia 4,350 Estonian krooni per month[22] &100000000000057090000005,709 &1000000000000003200000032 02008-01-01 January 1, 2008
 Ethiopia none, nationally; some government institutions and public enterprises set their own minimum wages: public sector employees, the largest group of wage earners, earned a monthly minimum wage of 320 birr; employees in the banking and insurance sector had a minimum monthly wage of 336 birr[9] &10000000000000902000000902 &1000000000000009500000095 N/A
 Federated States of Micronesia US$2.64 per hour for employment with the national government; all states have a minimum hourly wage for government workers: $2.00 in Pohnpei, $1.25 in Chuuk, $1.49 in Kosrae, and $1.60 in Yap; $1.35 for private sector workers in Pohnpei[9] &100000000000026000000002,600[8] &10000000000000118000000118 N/A
 Fiji none, nationally; set by the Wages Councils for certain sectors[9]
 Finland not in law; however, the law requires all employers, including nonunionized ones, to pay minimum wages agreed to in collective bargaining agreements; almost all workers are covered under such arrangements[9]
 France 8.86 per hour; €1,343.77 per month for 151.67 hours worked (or 7 hours every weekday of the month)[23][24] &1000000000001770100000017,701[25] &1000000000000005300000053 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Gabon 80,000 CFA francs per month; government workers received an additional monthly allowance of 20,000 CFA francs per child; government workers also received transportation, housing, and family benefits; the law does not mandate housing or family benefits for private sector workers[9] &100000000000038920000003,892 &1000000000000002700000027 N/A
 The Gambia 19.55 dalasi per day for unskilled labor; 50 dalasi, in practice[9] &100000000000016100000001,610 &1000000000000008400000084 N/A
 Georgia 115 Georgian lari a month for public employees; 20 lari a month for private sector workers[9] &10000000000000279000000279 &100000000000000060000006 N/A
 Germany none, except for construction workers, electrical workers, janitors, roofers, painters, and letter carriers; set by collective bargaining agreements in other sectors of the economy and enforceable by law[9]
 Ghana 1.60 Ghanaian cedis a day[9] &10000000000000689000000689 &1000000000000004400000044 N/A
 Greece 583.36 a month[26] &1000000000001145400000011,454[27] &1000000000000003800000038 02008-01-01 January 1, 2008
 Grenada set for various categories of workers; for example, agricultural workers were classified into male and female workers; rates for men were EC$5.00 per hour, and for women EC$4.75 per hour; however, if a female worker performed the same task as a man, her rate of pay was the same; the minimum wage for domestic workers was set at EC$400 monthly[9] &100000000000065560000006,556[8] &1000000000000006100000061 02002 2002
 Guatemala 52 Guatemalan quetzales per day for agricultural work and nonagricultural work and 47.75 quetzales for work in garment factories[9] &100000000000027340000002,734 &1000000000000005700000057 N/A
 Guinea-Bissau set annually for all categories of work; approximately 19,030 CFA francs per month plus a bag of rice[9] &10000000000000993000000993 &1000000000000009300000093 02008 2008
 Guinea the labor code allows the government to set a minimum hourly wage; however, the government has not exercised this provision nor does it promote a standard wage[9]
 Guyana G$34,055 per month in the public sector; G$4,000 and over per week for certain categories of private sector workers; affected occupations include retail cashiers and clerks, printers, drivers, and conductors[9] &100000000000025400000002,540 &1000000000000003800000038 N/A
 Haiti 70 Haitian gourdes a day[9] &10000000000000817000000817 &1000000000000006800000068 N/A
 Honduras monthly minimum wage varies according to the number of workers employed; 1-20 workers: 5,500 Honduran lempiras (urban areas), 4,055 (rural); 20-50 workers: 5,665 (urban), 4,166.65 (rural); more than 50 workers: 5,886 (urban), 4,339.50 (rural)[28] &100000000000079150000007,915 &10000000000000182000000182 02009-09-01 September 1, 2009
 Hong Kong HK$3,580 per month for foreign domestic workers[9]; bill for city-wide minimum wage introduced[29] (see Minimum wage in Hong Kong) &100000000000079320000007,932 &1000000000000001900000019 N/A
 Hungary 73,500 Hungarian forint per month[30] &100000000000062740000006,274 &1000000000000003400000034 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Iceland none; minimum wages are negotiated in various collectively bargained agreements and applied automatically to all employees in those occupations, regardless of union membership; while the agreements can be either industry- or sector-wide, and in some cases firm-specific, the minimum wage levels are occupation-specific[9]
 India N/A; varies according to the state and to the sector of industry; state governments set a separate minimum wage for agricultural workers[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Indonesia established by provincial and district authorities, which vary by province, district, and sector; as high as 1,100,000 rupiah per month in Papua; as low as 500,000 rupiah per month in East Java[9] &100000000000010270000001,027 &1000000000000002500000025 N/A
 Iran 2,200,000 Iranian rials per month; set annually for each industrial sector and region[9] &100000000000066180000006,618 &1000000000000006100000061 02008-03 March 2008
 Iraq less than 10,500 Iraqi dinars per day for a skilled worker and less than 5,250 for an unskilled worker[9] &100000000000019730000001,973 &1000000000000005500000055
 Ireland 8.65 per hour[31] &1000000000001896500000018,965[32] &1000000000000004900000049 02007-07-01 July 1, 2007
 Israel approximately 47.5 percent of the average wage, or 3,850 Israeli new sheqel per month[9][33] &1000000000001249300000012,493[34] &1000000000000004400000044 02008-07-01 July 1, 2008
 Italy none by law; instead set through collective bargaining agreements on a sector-by-sector basis[9]
 Jamaica J$3,700 per week for all workers except private security guards, whose minimum was J$5,500 per week[9] &100000000000042190000004,219 &1000000000000004800000048 N/A
 Japan ranges from 618 Japanese yen to 739 yen per hour; set on a prefectural and industry basis[9] &1000000000001125400000011,254[8] &1000000000000003500000035 N/A
 Jordan 110 Jordanian dinars per month[9] &100000000000024580000002,458 &1000000000000004400000044 N/A
 Kazakhstan 10,515 Kazakhstani tenge a month[9] &100000000000014420000001,442 &1000000000000001200000012 N/A
 Kenya set by the government by location, age and skill level; the lowest urban minimum wage was 7,578 shillings per month, and the lowest agricultural minimum wage for unskilled employees was 2,536 shillings per month, excluding housing allowance[9] &10000000000000830000000830 &1000000000000004800000048 N/A
 Kiribati none; estimated by government authorities to be between A$1.60 to A$1.70 per hour[9] &1000000000001104800000011,048[35] &10000000000000183000000183 N/A
 South Korea 4,110 South Korean won per hour; reviewed annually[36] &1000000000001095500000010,955[8] &1000000000000003900000039 02010 2010
 Kosovo none adopted; €80 a month, unofficially[9] &100000000000020190000002,019[37] &1000000000000008800000088[37] N/A
 Kuwait 217 Kuwaiti dinars per month for public sector citizen employees and 97 dinars for public sector non-citizen employees; no legal minimum wage in the private sector; at least 40 dinars per month for domestic workers[9] &1000000000001234100000012,341 &1000000000000003300000033 N/A
 Kyrgyzstan 340 Kyrgyzstani som per month, nominally; used for administrative purpose[9] &10000000000000251000000251 &1000000000000001100000011 N/A
 Laos 11,154 Lao kip a day for private sector workers; 290,000 Lao kip a month; 405,000 kip for civil servants and state enterprise employees, often complemented with government benefits and housing subsidies[9] &100000000000010570000001,057 &1000000000000004600000046 02008 2008
 Latvia 180 Latvian latu a month[30] &100000000000053330000005,333 &1000000000000003700000037 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Lebanon 500,000 Lebanese lira per month[9] &100000000000063440000006,344 &1000000000000004400000044 02008 2008
 Lesotho 252 maloti per month for lower-skilled jobs; 686 maloti per month for textile machine operator trainees; 738 maloti per month for textile general workers; set annually[9] &10000000000000664000000664 &1000000000000005500000055 02008 2008
 Liberia 15 LD per hour not exceeding 8 hours per day, excluding benefits, for unskilled laborers; 4,200 LD per month for civil servants[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Libya 130 Libyan dinars per month for a single person, 180 dinars for a married couple, and 220 dinars for a family of more than two; the government heavily subsidizes rent and utilities; government workers receive an additional 130 dinars per month for basic food staples[9] &100000000000017850000001,785 &1000000000000001300000013 02006 2006
 Liechtenstein none[9]
 Lithuania 800 Lithuanian litas per month[30] &100000000000057590000005,759 &1000000000000003500000035 02008-01-01 January 1, 2008
 Luxembourg 1,570.28 per month for unqualified workers over 18; €1,256.22 for those aged 17–18; €1,177.71 for those aged 15–17; €1,884.34 for qualified workers[38] &1000000000001942600000019,426 &1000000000000002500000025 02007-10-01 October 1, 2007
 Madagascar 70,025 Malagasy ariary per month for nonagricultural workers; 71,000 ariary per month for agricultural workers[9] &10000000000000981000000981 &10000000000000104000000104 N/A
 Malawi MK 142 per day for urban workers; MK 105 per day in all other areas[9] &10000000000000494000000494 &1000000000000005700000057 N/A
 Malaysia none, nationally; 350 Malaysian ringgit per month for plantation workers; raised to 700 ringgit by productivity incentives and bonuses[9] &100000000000047350000004,735 &1000000000000003400000034 N/A
 Maldives 2,600 Maldivian rufiyaa per month in the government sector[9] &100000000000031370000003,137 &1000000000000005900000059 N/A
 Mali 28,465 CFA francs per month, supplemented by a required package of benefits, including social security and health care[9] &100000000000012840000001,284 &10000000000000110000000110 02008 2008
 Malta €142.39 a week, combined with an annual mandatory bonus of €270.28 and a €242 annual cost of living increase, automatically adjusted for inflation[9] &1000000000001355600000013,556 &1000000000000005700000057 N/A
 Marshall Islands US$2.00 per hour for government and private sector employees[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Mauritania 21,150 Mauritanian ouguiya per month for adults[9] &100000000000020210000002,021 &1000000000000009900000099 N/A
 Mauritius 562 Mauritian rupees per week for an unskilled worker in the Export Processing Zone (EPZ); 734 rupees per week for an unskilled factory worker outside the EPZ; set by the government by sector, and increased each year based on the inflation rate[9] &100000000000017370000001,737 &1000000000000001400000014 02008 2008
 Mexico daily minimum wages set annually by law and determined by zone; 57.46 Mexican pesos in Zona A (Baja California, Federal District, State of Mexico, and large cities), 55.84 pesos in Zone B (Sonora, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Jalisco), and 54.47 pesos in Zone C (all other states)[39] &100000000000017530000001,753 &1000000000000001300000013 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Moldova 400 Moldovan lei a month[9] &10000000000000810000000810 &1000000000000002900000029 N/A
 Monaco €8.71 per hour (same as the French minimum wage for full-time work), plus a 5% adjustment[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Mongolia nearly 108,000 Mongolian tögrög per month for public and private sector workers[9] &100000000000020040000002,004 &1000000000000005800000058 02008-01 January 2008
 Montenegro 55 a month[9] &100000000000014600000001,460 &1000000000000001400000014 02007-07-01 July 1, 2007
 Morocco 10.14 Moroccan dirhams per hour in the industrialized sector and 52.50 dirhams per day for agricultural workers[9] &100000000000026960000002,696 &1000000000000005900000059 N/A
 Mozambique N/A; set by the government for nine sectors of the economy[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Myanmar 15,000 Myanma kyat a month for salaried public employees; 500 kyat per day for day laborers, supplemented by various subsidies and allowances[9] &10000000000000401000000401 &1000000000000003300000033 N/A
 Namibia no statutory minimum wage law; the mining, construction, security and agricultural sectors set basic levels of pay through collective bargaining[9]
 Nauru N/A; there is a graduated salary system for public service officers and employees; none for private-sector workers[9] N/A N/A 02007-07 July 2007
 Nepal 4,600 Nepalese rupees a month for unskilled labor (3,050 rupees as a basic salary, and 1,550 rupees as an allowance); 4,650 NRS for semi-skilled labor; 4,760 NRS for skilled labor; 4,950 NRS for highly skilled labor[9] &100000000000018890000001,889 &10000000000000155000000155 02008-09-17 September 17, 2008
 Netherlands 1,398.60 per month, €322.75 per week and €64.55 per day for persons 23 and older; between 30-85% of this amount for persons aged 15–22[40] &1000000000001933500000019,335 &1000000000000004800000048 02009-07-01 July 1, 2009
 New Zealand NZ$12.75 per hour for workers 18 years old or older, and NZ$10.20 per hour for those aged 16 or 17 or in training; there is no statutory minimum wage for employees who are under 16 years old[41] &1000000000001646200000016,462[8] &1000000000000006200000062 02010-04-01 April 1, 2010
 Nicaragua set for nine different economic sectors; ranges from 1,392 Nicaraguan córdobas a month in the agricultural sector to 3,232 córdobas a month in the financial sector[9] &100000000000022180000002,218 &1000000000000007700000077 02008 2008
 Niger as low as 28,000 CFA francs per month, with an additional 1,000 CFA francs added per month per child; set for each class and category within the formal sector[9] &100000000000013670000001,367 &10000000000000192000000192 N/A
 Nigeria 8,625 naira per month, nationally (with a 13 month year as the law mandates an extra month's pay for the Christmas holiday); some federal ministries, states, and private sector companies raised their minimum wage to 9,000 naira for all employees[9] &100000000000015430000001,543 &1000000000000006800000068 N/A
 North Korea N/A[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Northern Cyprus 1,190 Turkish lira per month[9] N/A N/A 02008-08 August 2008
 Norway none; wages normally fall within a national scale negotiated by labor, employers, and local governments[9]
 Oman 140 Omani rials per month for citizens; none for foreign workers[9] &100000000000070000000007,000 &1000000000000002700000027 N/A
 Pakistan 6,000 Pakistani rupees per month, applying only to industrial and commercial establishments employing 50 or more workers[9] &100000000000024840000002,484 &1000000000000009300000093 02008-03 March 2008
 Palau US$2.50 per hour; does not include foreign workers[9] &100000000000052000000005,200[8][42] &1000000000000006400000064 N/A
 Panama ranges from 1.01 to 1.87 Panamanian balboas per hour, depending on the region and sector[9] &100000000000041400000004,140[5] &1000000000000003500000035 02007 2007
 Papua New Guinea 2.29 Papua New Guinean kina per hour for adult workers in the private sector; 75% of the adult minimum wage for new entrants into the labor force between 16 and 21 years of age[9][43] &100000000000033040000003,304[44] &10000000000000152000000152 02010-01-21 January 21, 2010
 Paraguay 1,341,775 Paraguayan guaraníes per month; there is no public sector minimum wage; 40% of the minimum wage for domestic workers[9][45] &100000000000065180000006,518 &10000000000000143000000143 02007-10-01 October 1, 2007
 People's Republic of China none, nationally; set locally according to standards laid out by the central government[9] (see Minimum wage law#People's Republic of China)
 Peru 550 Peruvian nuevos soles per month[46] &100000000000043420000004,342 &1000000000000005000000050 02008-01-01 January 1, 2008
 Philippines ranges from P187 a day for agricultural workers in the Southern Tagalog Region to P382 a day for nonagricultural workers in the National Capital Region; set by tripartite regional wage boards[9] &100000000000020530000002,053 &1000000000000005800000058 02008 2008
 Poland 1,317 Polish złotych per month[47] &100000000000080880000008,088 &1000000000000004500000045 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Portugal 450 per month for full-time workers, rural workers, and domestic employees ages 18 and older[9][26] &100000000000090520000009,052[27] &1000000000000004000000040 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Qatar none; the labor law provides the emir with authority to set a minimum wage, but he did not do so[9]
 Republic of China (Taiwan) NT$17,280 a month; NT$104 per hour[9] &1000000000001217500000012,175 &1000000000000003800000038 02007-07-01 July 1, 2007
 Republic of Macedonia none[9]
 Romania 600 Romanian lei per month for a full-time schedule of 170 hours per month; 120% of the minimum wage for skilled workers[9][26] &100000000000037340000003,734 &1000000000000003100000031 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Russia 4,330 Russian rubles per month; essentially an accounting reference for calculating transfer payments[9] &100000000000028120000002,812 &1000000000000001900000019 02008 2008
 Rwanda ranges from 500 to 750 Rwandan francs per day in the tea industry and 1000 to 1500 francs a day in the construction industry; the government set minimum wages in the small formal sector[9] &10000000000000496000000496 &1000000000000004300000043 N/A
 Saint Kitts and Nevis EC$8.00 an hour[9] &100000000000079540000007,954[8] &1000000000000006000000060 02008-10 October 2008
 Saint Lucia EC$300 a month for office clerks; EC$200 for shop assistants; EC$160 for messengers[9] &100000000000012740000001,274 &1000000000000001300000013 N/A
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines EC$25 per day for agriculture workers (shelter provided); EC$30 per day for industrial workers earned[9] &100000000000045740000004,574 &1000000000000004500000045 02003 2003
 Samoa WST$2.00 per hour for the private sector; WST$2.40 for the public sector[9] &100000000000028380000002,838[8] &1000000000000004900000049 N/A
 San Marino 7.04 per hour[9] &1000000000001570700000015,707[48][49] &1000000000000003700000037[49] N/A
 São Tomé and Príncipe 650,000 São Tomé and Príncipe dobras per month for civil servants[9] &10000000000000747000000747 &1000000000000004100000041 02007 2007
 Saudi Arabia none; 1,500 Saudi riyals a month unofficially for citizen workers in the private sector, based on the minimum monthly contribution to the pension system[9] &100000000000075850000007,585 &1000000000000003300000033 N/A
 Senegal 209 CFA francs per hour, nationally[9] &100000000000016380000001,638[8] &1000000000000009300000093 N/A
 Serbia 13,572 dinars per month[9] &100000000000043770000004,377 &1000000000000004100000041 02008-07 July 2008
 Seychelles SR2,325 per month in the public sector; none in the private sector[9] &100000000000052760000005,276 &1000000000000002200000022 N/A
 Sierra Leone 25,000 Sierra Leonean leones per month[9] &10000000000000211000000211 &1000000000000002700000027 N/A
 Singapore no laws or regulations[9]
 Slovakia 8,900 Slovak korún per month[9] &100000000000064460000006,446 &1000000000000003000000030 02009-01-01 January 1, 2009
 Slovenia €510 (net) per month[30] &100000000000097140000009,714 &1000000000000003500000035 02010-01-03 January 3, 2010
 Solomon Islands SI$1.50 per hour for all workers except those in the fishing and agricultural sectors, who receive SI$1.25[9] &100000000000010050000001,005[11] &1000000000000003400000034 N/A
 Somalia none[9]
 South Africa R1,041 a month for farm workers in urban areas and R989 a month in rural areas; for domestic workers employed more than 27 hours per week it ranges from R1,067 a month to R1,167 a month[9] &100000000000024710000002,471 &1000000000000002400000024 N/A
 Spain 633.30 per month[50] &1000000000001142600000011,426[27] &1000000000000003900000039 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
 Sri Lanka 6,750 rupees per month in 43 trades[9] &100000000000016190000001,619 &1000000000000003400000034 N/A
 Sudan 124 Sudanese pounds per month[9] &100000000000011000000001,100 &1000000000000004600000046 N/A
 Suriname no legislation; SRD 600 per month is the lowest wage for civil servants[9] &100000000000039980000003,998 &1000000000000004600000046 N/A
 Swaziland 300 Swazi emalangeni a month for a domestic worker; 420 emalangeni a month for an unskilled worker; 600 emalangeni a month for a skilled worker[9] &10000000000000848000000848 &1000000000000001500000015 N/A
 Sweden none; set by annual collective bargaining contracts[9]
 Switzerland none; however, a majority of the voluntary collective bargaining agreements contain clauses on minimum compensation, ranging from 2,200 to 4,200 francs per month for unskilled workers and from 2,800 to 5,300 francs per month for skilled employees[9] &1000000000001545700000015,457 &1000000000000003800000038 N/A
 Syria 6,110 Syrian pounds per month, plus benefits, including compensation for meals, uniforms, and transportation[9] &100000000000029840000002,984 &1000000000000006000000060 N/A
 Tajikistan 60 Tajikistani somoni per month, plus certain government subsidies for workers and their families[9] &10000000000000477000000477 &1000000000000002600000026 N/A
 Tanzania set by categories covering eight employment sectors; ranges from 65,000 Tanzanian shillings per month for hotel workers to 350,000 shillings per month for the mineral sector[9] &100000000000015930000001,593 &10000000000000112000000112 02008-01 January 2008
 Thailand ranges from 148 Thai baht to 203 baht per day, depending on the cost of living in various provinces; set by provincial tripartite wage committees that sometimes include only employer representatives[9] &100000000000022930000002,293 &1000000000000002800000028 N/A
 Timor-Leste not stipulated in law; in practice, US$85 per month[9] &100000000000051520000005,152 &10000000000000205000000205 N/A
 Togo 28,000 CFA francs a month[9] &100000000000012830000001,283 &10000000000000154000000154 02008-08 August 2008
 Tonga none[9]
 Trinidad and Tobago TT$9 per hour[9] &100000000000038980000003,898[8] N/A N/A
 Tunisia for the industrial sector: 252 Tunisian dinars per month for a 48-hour workweek and 218 dinars per month for a 40‑hour workweek; 7-8 dinars per day for agricultural workers; supplemented with transportation and family allowances[9] &100000000000029590000002,959 &1000000000000003200000032 02008-05-02 May 2, 2008
 Turkey 638 Turkish new lira per month[9] &100000000000070690000007,069 &1000000000000005700000057 02008 2008
 Turkmenistan 330 Turkmenistani manat (new manat) per month in the state sector[9][51] &100000000000024460000002,446 &1000000000000004000000040 N/A
 Tuvalu A$130 biweekly in the public sector[9] &100000000000027950000002,795[52] &10000000000000175000000175[52] N/A
 Uganda 6,000 Ugandan shillings per month[9] &1000000000000009500000095 &100000000000000080000008 01984 1984
 Ukraine 605 Ukrainian hryven' per month[9] &100000000000022960000002,296 &1000000000000003600000036 02008-12-01 December 1, 2008
 United Arab Emirates none[9]
 United Kingdom £5.93 per hour (aged 21 and older), £4.92 per hour (aged 18–20) or £3.64 per hour (under 18 and finished compulsory education)[53] &1000000000002259700000022,597[5] &1000000000000006600000066 02010-10-01 October 1, 2010
 United States the federal minimum wage is US$7.25 per hour; states may also set a minimum, in which case the higher of the two is controlling[54] (see Minimum wage in the United States, List of U.S. minimum wages) &1000000000001508000000015,080[8] &1000000000000003300000033 02009-07-24 July 24, 2009
 Uruguay 4,150 Uruguayan pesos per month; functioning more as an index for calculating wage rates than as a true measure of minimum subsistence levels[9] &100000000000030790000003,079 &1000000000000002300000023 02008 2008
 Uzbekistan 25,040 Uzbekistani som per month[9] &10000000000000490000000490 &1000000000000001700000017 N/A
 Vanuatu 26,000 Vanuatu vatu per month[9] &100000000000052540000005,254 &10000000000000111000000111 02008-10 October 2008
 Venezuela 1223.89 Venezuelan bolívares (bolívar fuerte) per month[55] &100000000000073100000007,310 &1000000000000006000000060 02010-05-01 May 1, 2010
 Vietnam official monthly minimum wage for unskilled laborers at foreign-invested joint ventures and foreign and international organizations: 1,000,000 VND in the urban districts of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; 900,000 VND in the suburban districts of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and several other industrial districts and towns; and 800,000 VND elsewhere; the government may temporarily exempt certain joint ventures from paying the minimum wage during the first months of an enterprise's operations or if the enterprise is located in a very remote area, but the minimum monthly wage in these cases can be no lower than 800,000 VND; the official monthly minimum wage for unskilled labor in the state sector was 540,000 VND in the provinces and 620,000 VND in the urban districts of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City[9] &100000000000010020000001,002 &1000000000000003400000034 N/A
 Western Sahara identical to those in Morocco[9] N/A N/A N/A
 Yemen none[9]
 Zambia 268,000 Zambian kwacha per month in the formal sector; for nonunionized workers, whose wages and conditions of employment are not regulated through collective bargaining, is determined by category of employment[9] &10000000000000917000000917 &1000000000000006000000060 N/A
 Zimbabwe N/A; none, nationally, except for agricultural and domestic workers; government regulations for each of the 22 industrial sectors specify minimum wages[9] N/A N/A N/A

See also


  1. ^ a b GDP (PPP) per capita and PPP conversion rate for all IMF member countries, from the IMF's World Economic Outlook Database, October 2010 Edition.
  2. ^ Annual wages were calculated by multiplying monthly wages by 12, weekly wages by 52, daily wages by 5x52 and hourly wages by Wx52, where W is the legal maximum (or the practical, if lower) workweek length in hours. A purchasing power parity (PPP) conversion rate from 2009 —obtained from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s World Economic Outlook Database, October 2010 Edition— was used to convert the annual wage from national currency to international dollars.
  3. ^ Percentages were calculated by dividing the annual wage in local currency by the country's 2009 gross domestic product per capita, obtained from the IMF's World Economic Outlook Database, October 2010 Edition.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, United States Department of State.
  5. ^ a b c d e 48 hours a week
  6. ^ "Acordaron un salario mínimo de 1500 pesos a partir de 2010". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  7. ^ "''Sydney Morning Herald'' 3 June 2010". 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n 40 hours a week
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh di dj dk dl dm dn do dp dq dr ds dt du dv dw dx dy dz ea eb ec ed ee ef eg eh ei ej ek el em en eo ep 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, United States Department of State.
  10. ^ Rémunération du travail, Service public fédéral Emploi, Travail et Concertation sociale.
  11. ^ a b 45 hours a week
  12. ^ Salário Mínimo Brasileiro.
  13. ^ byElena Koinova (2008-05-22). "''Sofia Echo'' Thu 22 may 2008". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  14. ^ "Chilean Law 20,449". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  15. ^ "Chilean Labor Code". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  16. ^ $515.000 Salario mínimo legal para 2010, Revista Dinero, December 31, 2009.
  17. ^ "Mijenja Se Iznos Minimalne Plaće". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  18. ^ Cuba eleva el salario mínimo, BBC Mundo
  19. ^ a b CIA - The World Factbook - Cuba was used for PPP Conversion rate and GDP PPP per capita. A 25:1 rate was used to convert Cuban pesos into Cuban convertible pesos.[1]
  20. ^ 37 hours a week
  21. ^ Ecuador eleva salario mínimo en 10 pct a 240 dólares para 2010, Reuters.
  22. ^ "Social partners reach agreement on minimum wage for 2008". Eironline. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  23. ^ Salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance (SMIC), INSEE.
  24. ^ "Le Smic".,89/fiches-pratiques,91/remuneration,113/le-smic,1027.html. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  25. ^ 35 hours a week
  26. ^ a b c "Summary of statutory national minimum wages in the European Union, Turkey and the USA (Situation as at 1 January 2009)". Eurostat.
  27. ^ a b c The monthly minimum wage is paid 14 times a year in this country. "Summary of statutory national minimum wages in the European Union, Turkey and the USA (Situation as at 1 January 2009)". 
  28. ^ "Aumento al mĂ­nimo es entre L 111 y L 386 - Apertura" (in (Spanish)). Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  29. ^ "Hong Kong To Introduce Minimum Wage Bill". 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  30. ^ a b c d FedEE review of minimum wage rates, Federation of European Employers, 2008
  31. ^ "Minimum wage rises by 35c per hour". RTÉ News. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  32. ^ 39 hours a week
  33. ^ Minimum wage rises, Globes Online.
  34. ^ 43 hours a week
  35. ^ 36¼ hours a week
  36. ^ Hourly Minimum Wage Set at W4,110, The Korea TImes.
  37. ^ a b CIA - The World Factbook - Kosovo was used for PPP Conversion rate and GDP PPP per capita. Data for 2007.
  38. ^ The Minimum Wage in Luxembourg.
  39. ^ "Salarios mínimos 2010". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  40. ^
  41. ^ "Minimum pay". Department of Labour. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  42. ^ There is no legislation concerning maximum hours of work[2]; 40 hours a week was used for the purpose of calculating an annual wage.
  44. ^ 44 hours a week
  46. ^ "Sueldo mínimo en Perú subirá a S/.550 desde enero de 2008 Noticias y Chismes de la Farandula, Deportes e Información Mundial: Chismes - Farandula - Musica - Videos - Cine - Television - Espectaculos - Deportes". 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  47. ^ "Minimalne wynagrodzenie za pracę w 2010 r.".,s,5,c,35,a,5920.html. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  48. ^ 37½ hours a week
  49. ^ a b PPP conversion rate for Italy (2009) was used for annual wage calculation, while a San Marino GDP (PPP) per capita for 2007 was obtained from the CIA's The World Factbook.[3]
  50. ^ Real Decreto 2030/2009 del 30-12-2009, Boletín Oficial del Estado
  51. ^ Due to a currency revaluation, data was divided by 5000.
  52. ^ a b CIA - The World Factbook - Tuvalu was used for PPP Conversion rate and GDP PPP per capita. Data from 2002.
  53. ^ "The National Minimum wage rates". Directgov. 
  54. ^ "U.S. Department of Labor Topic: Minimum Wage". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  55. ^ Aumento del salario mínimo 2010 en Venezuela (25% en dos partes), Venelogía.

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