Estonia has highest gross wage in Baltics; fastest rise recorded in Lithuania

  • 2019-08-29
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In the second quarter of 2019, the highest average gross wage for full-time work in the Baltics - EUR 1,419 per month - was paid in Estonia, while the lowest gross wage - EUR 1,083 per month - was paid in Latvia, according to the Central Statistical Bureau’s data.

In Lithuania, where social security contributions paid by employers and employees changed in January 1, 2019 and gross earnings were indexed 1.289 times, the average gross monthly wage was EUR 1,289 in the second quarter of 2019.

Compared to the second quarter of the previous year, average wages and salaries have increased in all Baltic states. Excluding the indexing effect, the sharpest rise was recorded in Lithuania (7.9 percent), followed by Latvia (7.8 percent) and Estonia (7.4 percent).

This year, the highest minimum wage was registered in Lithuania (EUR 555), followed by Estonia (EUR 540), and Latvia (EUR 430).

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