Average monthly income increased again, while number of income recipients fell

Posted on 13. May 2021 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2020, the average monthly gross income per employee was 1,380 euros, which is 63 euros more than in 2019. Income was highest in Harju county (1,541 euros) and lowest in Ida-Viru county (1,088 euros).

The average gross income covers wages and salaries paid to employees and civil servants, work-related stipends, support and other payments. The largest gross income was earned in Rae rural municipality in Harju county, where it was 1,893 euros. Of cities, Keila ranked first with 1,525 euros, followed by Tallinn with 1,519 euros. Among municipalities, the smallest income was earned in Narva (1,018 euros).

According to Greta Tischler, analyst at Statistics Estonia, men’s average gross income was 1,530 euros per month and women’s was 1,243 euros per month. “Employees aged 25–49 earned the highest average gross income, receiving 1,544 euros per month. The smallest income was earned by under 25-year-olds, earning 932 euros per month,” said Tischler.

In 2020, the number of employees receiving gross income was 522,722, having decreased by more than 15,000 persons compared to the previous year. “The number of income recipients decreased by at least a couple percent in all counties, the most in Ida-Viru county. Their number also fell in all age groups, primarily among persons aged under 25,” added Tischler.  

The analysis is based on the 2020 data of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. 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. The main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.


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Kadri Kütt
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