Average gross monthly wage up nearly 7 percent on year to 2021

Coins (photo is illustrative).
Coins (photo is illustrative). Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Average monthly gross income rose by €92 (6.7 percent) to €1,475 per employee in 2021, state agency Statistics Estonia reports.

Gross income also continued to rise as 2021 progressed.

Statistics Estonia analyst Greta Tischler noted that the highest average income was once again earned in municipalities of Harju County, principally those which make up Tallinn's commuter belt.

She said: "The average monthly gross income was the largest in Rae rural municipality, which was also the only administrative unit where average monthly income exceeded €2,000. Among cities, the highest income was earned in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia – €1,631 per month on average."

The monthly income per employee was the lowest in Narva, Ida-Viru County (€1,074), which was also the only municipality where the average monthly income was below €1,100, the agency says. Ida-Viru County itself posted the lowest monthly average wage for 2021, at €1,146.

Average gross monthly income per employee, by region. Source: Statistics Estonia

In 2021, the average monthly gross income stood at €1,635 for men and €1,327 for women. Based on age group, employees aged 25-49 earned the highest gross income at €1,657 per month on average.

The lowest income was earned by employees aged under 25, whose average gross income was €989 per month.

Apart from Harju County, where the average stood at €1,652, Tartu County was also higher than average, at €1,498 per month. Overall a €506 spread covered the highest-waged to lowest-waged counties on average.

The total waged workforce for the year stood at 532,667, around 40 percent of the total population.

This figure was slightly up on 2021.

By age group, 56 percent of the waged were age 25-49, while 28 percent were aged 50-62. 10 percent of the waged workforce were aged 63 and over; 6 percent 24 and under.

The analysis is based on the 2021 data of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA), Statistics Estonia says. The average monthly gross income per employee is calculated by dividing the average monthly sum of payments with the average monthly number of persons receiving payments. For the place of residence of the income recipient, the person's place of residence is used.

More detailed data is searchable, including by region, age and given gender, here.


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