Work Abroad Salary Calculator
Could you earn more doing the same job in a different country?
With all the disruption of the last few years, from cancelled plans to travel bans, getting away has been more difficult than ever. However, as things open up and we enter a bright new year, many of us will turn our attention overseas to get our long-overdue travel fix. Combine this need to get away, the great resignation wave of 2021 and the widespread desire for a better quality of life, and we may see that finding a new job abroad will become the defining trend of 2022.
Of course, there are many considerations to be had before taking to foreign lands for the next stage of your career. From the potential reintroduction of travel bans to the now highlighted need for international health insurance, you’ll need to consider how a move abroad will impact every aspect of your life.
However, one of the biggest determiners you’ll find for how attractive such a relocation would be is the difference in salary. You may find that the same job you are working now would pay significantly more, or less, than what you are currently earning. Pair this change in earnings with different cost of living, and you could see yourself much better off and enjoying an extended trip away all at the same time.
To help you determine just how much your earnings could vary from place to place, we’ve created a helpful tool to show how the average salaries for different jobs vary from country to country. We’ve also gathered data on the comparative price levels in each country to indicate which has the highest cost of living.
How does your salary compare to what you could be earning abroad?
This calculator allows you to see how much you could earn across the 38 OECD countries. Simply select the job title most similar to your own to see where you could earn the most money for your time.
salary in all 38 OECD countries...
Which is the least expensive country to live in?
It’s important to note that while salaries might vary considerably from country to country, the cost of living does as well. Therefore, while one country may offer lower wages than what you are used to, their cost of living might be so low that you actually end up better off.
With this in mind, here are the ten OECD countries with the lowest comparative price level. These figures are relative, with the average for the whole of the OECD being a score of 100.
Cost of living score
Which country has the highest cost of living?
At the other end of the scale are the countries with the highest comparative price levels. These countries tend to have much higher salaries in order to counteract their high prices, although they do not always correlate in the same way.
Comparative price level
The country with the highest average salary
We’ve also taken a look at the average salaries in each country from the various job roles looked at in our calculator. This allows us to compare each country based on their average earnings, revealing where you are generally more likely to receive a higher salary.
Average salary across selected jobs
The country with the lowest average salary
We’ve also taken a look at the countries with the lowest average salaries across the different roles looked at in our work abroad calculator. While these countries offer much lower wages than the OECD average, their costs of living are likely to also be much lower.
Average salary across selected jobs
We wanted to find out how salaries differ from country to country. To do this, we used data from Glassdoor to find the average salary in each OECD country for 36 different job roles. These salaries were converted into USD & GBP using xe.com on 07/12/21 so they could be directly compared against one another.
Where these salaries were given as monthly amounts, they were multiplied by twelve to reach an annual figure. Where earnings were given as hourly rates, they were converted to a yearly salary based on a 37.5-hour working week using The Salary Calculator.
Unfortunately, data was not available for every job in every country. Therefore, when calculating the average salaries, job roles were omitted on a case-by-case basis and averages were calculated for the specific number of roles for which data was available in each country.
In addition to looking at the average salaries of different roles, we also included OECD data indicating which countries have the highest and lowest comparative prices. These prices were represented with a comparative price level index, with the average prices across the OECD being set at 100.