What salaries can you expect when working in Norway?

What salaries can you expect when working in Norway

But why wouldn’t they do it? In Norway, most employee salaries are made public online and can be viewed by anyone. With that in mind, here is some key information to add to the opening.

How Norway ranks compared to the rest of Europe in terms of salaries

According to Eurostat, the hourly cost of labor in Norway is € 50, far more than in neighboring countries of Sweden or Denmark – or any other EU country for that matter.

Note that this figure does not separate wages from the overall cost of labor – this data was not available in 2019, according to Eurostat.

What is the average salary in the different sectors?

According to Statistics Norway, the average monthly salary of skilled workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2019 was KKr 35,170.

For university professionals, the average monthly income was 54,240 crowns.

Service and sales employees earned an average of NKr 35,150 per month, and trades and trades workers an average of NKr 39,550.

The average monthly income in 2019 for construction workers was 44,570 crowns.

Transportation and warehouse workers earned an average of NKr 46,720 per month, and people working in the arts and entertainment industries earned NKr 41,210.

The national statistics agency found that the average monthly salary of first-generation immigrants (without Norwegian inheritance) is 44,180 crowns for full-time workers.

Managerial positions

Managers in financial sectors earned an average of KKr 87,420 per month last year, according to Statistics Norway.

Heads of childcare services earned 53,430 crowns and publicity and public relations officials an average of 67,920 crowns.

Salaries for politicians fall somewhere in the middle of these sample executive salaries, at 68,410. You can see more average salaries for a wide range of managerial positions here.

Health careers

The average monthly income in 2019 for nurses in Norway is 46,810 crowns. Dentists earned an average of Kronor 64,900.

Dieticians and nutritionists earned an average of 50,650 crowns.

For general practitioners, the average salary is 70,410 crowns, while for specialist doctors it is 85,180 crowns.

Is there a gender pay gap in Norway?

Unfortunately yes. A report from Statistics Norway from 2017 shows that the monthly average for women is 87% of that for men.

Occupations with the highest gender pay differentials include financial managers and electrical mechanics.

The two most gender balanced professions were physicians and legal professionals.

Data from 2019 shows that the average monthly income for men is 50,080 crowns compared to 43,850 for women, although the average salary for women increased by a higher percentage than in the previous year.

While the wages of women and men have increased since 2000, the annual increase for women is slightly higher than for men, resulting in a 3% reduction in the wage gap since 2000.

The average annual income of different households

In 2018, the average annual income (after tax) of a single person under the age of 45 was Kroner 303,800.

Couples without children earned an average of KKr 629,900 per year, and couples with children (aged 0 to 6) KKr 787,700.

Single parents with children (aged 0-17) earned an average of KKr 421,200.

Protection of the wages of foreign workers

There are a number of laws protecting foreign and seasonal workers, and their right to fair wages and the same working conditions as Norwegian citizens. Many of them can be checked through the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet).

Although there is no general average minimum wage in Norway, standards have been introduced in some sectors, including hotels, cleaning and construction.

A foreign or seasonal worker is also entitled to the same working hours, breaks and overtime as his native colleagues.

What about self-employment?

In 2018, there were 321,509 self-employed workers in Norway. The average annual gross income of a self-employed person was 680,300 crowns, which translates into personal income (salary, disability benefits and public pension) of 351,000 crowns.

If you run your own business, it is your responsibility to register your business, pay taxes, submit income tax returns, and receive a tax notice.

Have we missed any professions you would like to hear about? Any other topics you’d like us to dig deeper into? Let us know – we would be happy to hear your thoughts.

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