Salesperson Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The salesperson (retail trade & grocery) job includes the following responsibilities: (i) sells goods in a shop or similar retail trade establishment; (ii) ascertains from customer the nature, quality and price range of product required; (iii) advises on range of goods available; (iv) replenishes or arranges goods on display stands; (v) handles sales transactions [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Salesperson Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
U.S. average salary PPP $ 1,876 $ 1,876 Full-time and part-time employees, all categories, 2005. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 2,260 dollars 17% 32.0
Norway average income PPP $ 1,819 $ 2,510 Employees, 2005. Statistics Norway, [9]. 21,306 kroners 24% 37.5
Australia average income PPP $ 1,807 $ 1,773 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 2,850 dollars 18% 38.5
Germany average salary PPP $ 1,764 $ 1,904 Minimum per month, 2005, normal hours of work. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 1,986 euros 23% 37.5
Korea average salary PPP $ 1,642 $ 1,302 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. All salespersons, all industries. Korea Ministry of Labour, [9]. 1,443,624 wons 8% 42.5
Hong Kong average salary PPP $ 1,400 $ 1,051 Normal hours of work, 2005. Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, [9]. 8,601 dollars 5% 50.9
Finland average salary PPP $ 1,352 $ 1,614 Normal hours of work, 2004. Women only - men make 2,073 euros per month. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 1,658 euros 24% 37.1
Japan average salary PPP $ 1,289 $ 1,516 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Women only. Salesclerks in department stores. Private establishments with 10 or more regular employees. Other saleswomen: 179,000 yens/month. Japan Statistical Yearbook [17], [k]. 196,000 yens 15%
Italy average salary PPP $ 1,225 $ 1,322 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 1,397 euros 24% 38.0
UK median salary PPP $ 1,223 $ 1,419 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 974 pounds 20% 37.5
Belgium average salary PPP $ 1,205 $ 1,277 Minimum per month, normal hours of work, 2004. Men only. Institut National de Statistique, [9], [t]. 1,278 euros 22% 35.0
Canada average income PPP $ 1,204 $ 1,203 Employees, 2005. Statistics Canada, [9], [t]. 1,867 dollars 22% 32.4
Austria average salary PPP $ 1,154 $ 925 Employees, minimum per month, all industries incl. wholesale, 2002. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 1,141 euros 21% 38.5
Taiwan average income PPP $ 1,135 $ 608 Full-time and part-time employees, 2004. National Statistics Republic of China, [9]. 20,950 dollars 6% 46.0
Peru average salary PPP $ 871 $ 376 Employees, June 2002. Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informatica, [9]. 1,373 sols 15%
Portugal average salary PPP $ 584 $ 468 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 438 euros 11% 39.3
Singapore average salary PPP $ 576 $ 528 Employees, private sector, 2004. Ministry of Manpower, [9], [t]. 1,083 dollars 20%
Brazil average income PPP $ 504 $ 199 Employees, 2001. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 462 reals 10% 43.5
Philippines average salary PPP $ 495 $ 110 Employees, 2004. National Statistics Office, [9], [t]. 6,351 pesos 6%
Poland average income PPP $ 492 $ 264 Employees, 2004. Poland Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 1,327 zlotys 30% 41.0
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 481 $ 314 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 9,376 korunas 20% 40.9
Mexico average income PPP $ 468 $ 300 Employees, 2005. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 3,326 pesos 2% 53.0
Hungary average salary PPP $ 461 $ 292 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 72,676 forints 20%
Thailand average salary PPP $ 449 $ 143 Men employees, 2005. Women make 5,692 bahts per month. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 6,118 bahts 6% 51.0
Kuwait average income PPP $ 449 $ 560 Men employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 160 dinars 0% 53.0
Slovakia average income PPP $ 378 $ 194 Employees, 2004. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 7,772 korunas 22% 33.0
Latvia average income PPP $ 372 $ 165 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 123 lats 25% 38.0
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 361 $ 137 Employees, 2002. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 625 litas 26% 40.0
Romania average salary PPP $ 263 $ 135 Women employees, 2005. Men make 828 new lei per month. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 519 new lei 25% 38.8
Russia average salary PPP $ 230 $ 92 Employees, 2004. Federal State Statistics Office, [9]. 2,949 roubles 13% 39.0
 

References

 
[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.
[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.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[17]   Japan Statistical Yearbook, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2006.
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