In 2021, average monthly gross wages and salaries rose by 6.9%

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Posted on 3. March 2022 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2021, the average monthly gross wages and salaries in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia were 1,548 euros, which is 6.9% more than in 2020. Wage growth recovered following a slowdown in 2020 and reached the pre-pandemic level.

Argo Tarkiainen, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that, last year, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were again the highest in information and communication (2,804 euros), financial and insurance activities (2,568 euros) and energy (2,128 euros). “Average gross wages were the lowest in real estate activities (1,132 euros) and accommodation and food service activities (916 euros),” added Tarkiainen.

The increase in average wages and salaries was the biggest in human health and social work activities (13.1%) and in trade (10.7%). There was a slower growth in wages in education (2.5%) and energy (0.5%).

Average monthly gross wages and salaries, 2010–2021

Regionally, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were still the highest in Harju county (1,694 euros) and Tartu county (1,550 euros), and the lowest in Võru county (1,192 euros) and Hiiu county (1,194 euros). Year on year, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased the most in Lääne county (13.2%) and Hiiu county (12.3%), while average gross wages decreased in Põlva county (1.8%).

In the fourth quarter of 2021, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,625 euros, which is 7.3% higher than in the same quarter of 2020.

Average monthly gross wages and salaries by economic activity (euros), 2020–2021

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Wages and salaries and labour force”. For the statistical activity “Wages and salaries”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

See also the dedicated section on wages and salaries and labour costs.

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.

 

For further information:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia

Tel +372 625 9181

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