France Average Salaries & Expenditures

 
Contents
Average Employment Income   Average Salary per Job   Average Salary per Sector   Total Personal Average Income   Consumption Expenditure
Workforce Composition   Vacation Time   Exchange Rates   Cost of Living   References
 

Average Employment Income

:
annual, per worker, incl. dependent & self employment
   Disposable (1)  Gross    
2001
26,416
20,743
 
 
constant 2005 US$ at PPP
current euros
(1)    Based on net salary & business average income per capita and proportion of earners to household size.
Source: France Enquête budget des familles, [36], 2000-2001 (2.42 persons and 1.0 earner per household).
 
 

Average Salary in France - Job and Sector Comparison.

Job  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ (1) Notes                                                                               Net Monthly Income (1) Weekly Hours (2)
 
General Physician median salary PPP $ 3,620 $ 2,843 Médecins et assimilés, full-time employees, 2002. 2,770 euros
Teacher median salary PPP $ 2,483 $ 1,950 All teachers at all levels. Full-time employees, 2002. 1,900 euros
Professional Nurse median salary PPP $ 2,379 $ 1,868 Full-time employees, 2002. 1,820 euros
Firefighter median salary PPP $ 2,183 $ 1,714 Fire-fighters & police officers, full-time employees, 2002. 1,670 euros
Auxiliary Nurse median salary PPP $ 1,790 $ 1,406 Full-time employees, 2002. 1,370 euros
Bus Driver median salary PPP $ 1,725 $ 1,355 Full-time employees, 2002. 1,320 euros
Car Mechanic median salary PPP $ 1,725 $ 1,355 Qualified worker. Full-time employees, 2002. 1,320 euros
Cook PPP $ 1,581 $ 1,242 Full-time employees, 2002. 1,210 euros
Hairdresser PPP $ 1,307 $ 1,026 Full-time employees, 2002. 1,000 euros
Garment Cutter median salary PPP $ 1,255 $ 985 Non-qualified worker. Full-time employees, 2002. 960 euros
Sector              
Financial average income PPP $ 2,788 $ 2,189 Employees, 2002. 2,133 euros 37.3
Gas-Electricity-Water average income PPP $ 2,563 $ 2,012 Employees, 2002. 1,961 euros 35.7
Mining-Quarrying average income PPP $ 2,547 $ 2,000 Employees, 2002. 1,949 euros 36.5
Real Estate average income PPP $ 2,273 $ 1,785 Employees, 2002. 1,739 euros 37.3
Transport-Communication average income PPP $ 2,153 $ 1,690 Employees, 2002. 1,647 euros 40.5
Education average income PPP $ 2,099 $ 1,648 Employees, 2002. 1,606 euros 37.1
Manufacturing average income PPP $ 2,043 $ 1,604 Employees, 2002. 1,563 euros 36.7
All Sectors average income PPP $ 1,962 $ 1,540 Employees, 2002. Excluding primary sector. 1,501 euros 37.0
Construction average income PPP $ 1,777 $ 1,396 Employees, 2002. 1,360 euros 37.1
Hotels-Restaurants average income PPP $ 1,426 $ 1,120 Employees, 2002. 1,091 euros 37.7
 
  (1) The net average income in "constant 2005 US$" is computed using the Interbank nominal exchange rate [a] and the U.S. inflation rate [d]. The net average income in "constant 2005 US$" at PPP is computed using the OECD PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption [l] and the U.S. inflation rate [d]. The latter reflects the purchasing power in the United States in 2005.
  (2) The net monthly income by sector is based on data supplied by the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle to the International Labour Organization [9]. The net monthly income by job is based on data from the Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques [36]. The average income includes the salaries and wages of paid employees. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
  (3) The weekly hours correspond to the hours actually worked and are based on data supplied by the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle to the International Labour Organization.
 
 
 
 

Personal Average Income

:
annual, per capita, incl. non-monetary income
   Disposable   Gross   Salary   Business   Property   Transfer (1)    
2001
14,490
11,378
 
 
8,567
6,727
 
726
570
 
662
520
 
4,535
3,561
 
constant 2005 US$ at PPP
current euros
(1)    Incl. pension and social security.
Source: France Enquête budget des familles, [36], 2000-2001 (2.42 persons per household).
 

Consumption Expenditure

:
annual, per capita, incl. non-monetary expenditure
   Total   Health   Housing (1)  Food (2)  Apparel   Education   Transport     
2001
12,069
9,477
 
542
426
 
2,758
2,166
 
2,901
2,278
 
802
630
 
55
43
 
1,938
1,522
 
constant 2005 US$ at PPP
current euros
(1)    Incl. actual rentals, furniture, water supplies, gas, electricity, fuel, carpets, linens, gardening tools, utensils.
(2)    Incl. restaurants, cafes, bars, cantines, alcoholic drinks. Excl. tobacco.
Source: France Enquête budget des familles, [36], 2000-2001 (2.42 persons per household).
 

Workforce Composition

:
percentage of total workforce
   Primary (1)  Manufacturing   Education   Financial   Paid Employees   Unemployed  
2005 4.2   16.9   6.9   2.7   89.5   11.0  
%
(1)    Agriculture, hunting, forestry, fishing, mining, and quarrying.
Source: International Labour Organization [9].
 

Workforce Size

 :  
24.7 million (2005).
Source:   International Labour Organization [9].
 

Population

 :  
60.9 million (2006).
Source:   CIA World Factbook [b].
 

Compulsory Deductions

 :  
29.0% for a single with no child, 17.8% for a single with two children, 23.5% for a one-earner married couple with no child, and 17.1% for a one-earner married couple with two children.
Source:   OECD Tax Database [k], 2005, combined deductions on a gross monthly salary income of 2,518 euros including family allowances in terms of cash transfers.
 

Vacation Time

 :  
5 weeks per year (legally required minimum vacation time) plus 2 weeks of "Reduction du Temps de Travail" [e]. The total minimum vacation time is hence of 7 weeks, which corresponds to the most significant vacation time of any country in the world. According to a recent survey by the World Tourism Organization, 37 vacation days per year are taken on average in France [f].
 

PPP Exchange Rate

 :  
0.865 (2001), 0.830 (2002), 0.883 (2003), 0.878 (2004), 0.924 (2005), 0.888 (2006), 0.879 (2007), 0.870 (2008);
Source:   OECD PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption [l], euros per U.S. dollar.
 

Nominal Exchange Rate

 :  
1.115 (2001), 1.057 (2002), 0.883 (2003), 0.804 (2004), 0.803 (2005);
Source:   Interbank nominal exchange rates [a], euros per U.S. dollar.
 

Cost of Living

 :  
0.834 (2001), 0.886 (2002), 1.055 (2003), 1.158 (2004), 1.161 (2005);
Source:   Interbank nominal exchange rates [a] and IMF PPP exchange rates [d], US=1.000.
 

 

References

 
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[36]   Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSÉÉ).
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[e]   Vacation - Wikipedia, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
[f]   World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency; survey of vacation days worldwide, 2000.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[l]   OECD. PPP exchange rates for actual individual consumption.
 
Other links:
France: Statistics, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
Social Security in France, Social Security Programs Throughout the World, 2004-2005, compiled by the U.S. Social Security Administration.
France: Selected Internet Resources, U.S. Library of Congress.
France Economy Overview, CIA World Factbook.
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