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IT salaries in Big Mac terms

Global Wage Comparison

(system analysts, software developers, applications programmers)

This global wage comparison is based on the sample of 9626 respondents who replied to the questionnaire in the WageIndicator survey during years 2009-2011.

For comparison purposes, two indices are presented:

I. BIGMac-.gif Big Mac Wage expresses a wage converted into number of Big Macs that employees can afford to buy.

II. Wage in $ adjusted by purchasing power parity (PPP) expresses wage in dollars that have the same purchasing power as current U.S. dollar has in the USA. The second index is more complicated than the first one because it takes into account more than 1 commodity.

Tab.: Median gross and net hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPP [1] and Big Mac wage [2].

Country Median hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPP  Big Macs per hour of work
  Systems analysts Software developers Applications programmers Systems analysts Software developers Applications programmers
  Gross Net Gross Net Gross Net

 
Belgium 23.8 13.2 21 12.8 17.3 10.8 3.5 3.4 2.8
Finland 24.2 15.4 21.5 14.5 19.7 13.8 4.3 4.1 3.9
Germany 27.8 16.9 27 16 22 13.9 4.1 3.9 3.4
Netherlands 25.7 15.6

20.2 13.4 3.9
3.4
Spain 20.1 13.9 16.4 12.2 12.3 9.3 3.1 2.7 2.1
Sweden 22.7 15.6 21.3 14.2 23.2 15.3 3 2.8 3
United Kingdom 36.7 25.4 28.1 18.8
  7.2 5.4  
United States 34 23.9         5.9    
Czech Republic 17.2 12.9 18.5 13.4 14.4 10.7 2.6 2.7 2.2
Argentina 15.4 12.6 15.1 12.4 10.6 8.7 1.6 1.6 1.1
Brazil 11.5 8.9 14.7 12.1 6.3 5.3 1.6 2.2 1
Chile 20.6 15.8 17.6 13.7 8.7 7.3 3.5 3 1.6
Colombia 13.5 11.6 11.8 9.7 6.3 5.7 1.8 1.5 0.9
Mexico 17.3 13.2 15.2 12.4 10.5 8.7 3.5 3.3 2.3
Belarus 14.1 12.6 10.4 9 10 8.7

 
Kazakhstan 10.3 8.2 6.4 5.1
 

 
Russian Federation 13.4 12.3 8.8 7.6 8 7 3.7 2.3 2.1
Ukraine 14 11.5 7.3 5.8 6.1 5.4

 
China 12.3 9.8 6.6 5.7 5.2 4.7 2.7 1.6 1.3
India 25.6 20.1 15.4 12.7 14.6 12.2 4.7 3 2.9
Indonesia 5.8 5.1     3.5 2.8 1.5   0.8
South Africa 26.4 19.2 22.9 16.7 21.1 15.6 5.2 4.6 4.3

 

Note: Because of different price levels in the countries median hourly net and gross wage is presented in dollars that have the same purchasing power as current U.S. dollar has in the USA.
Statistics are reported for the occupations with at least 20 observations. Moreover "Big Macs per hour of work" are only reported for countries with published Big Mac prices.

Source: WageIndicator 2009-2011; IMF World Economic Outlook Database (September 2011); The Economist (July 2011)


[1]. IMF’s estimates of the PPP exchange rates for the year 2011 were used (http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2011/02/weodata/index.aspx)
[2]. Big Mac prices were collected in July 2011 (http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/07/big-mac-index)

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