Austria - Wage developments in 2014 - August 31, 2016

Statistics Austria updated the data on the wage development in 2014. A final table reveals that median gross hourly earnings (excluding overtime) in the private sector amounted to €13.87. Compared to 2010, gross hourly wages rose nominally by 8.5% or 2.1 percent per year. Adjusted for inflation, median gross hourly earnings decreased slightly since 2010 (2010-2014: -1.1%, -0.3% per year). The distribution of earnings by economic activities also shows that gross hourly earnings differ considerably among sectors. The highest earnings were found in electricity (€22.60), financial and insurance activities (€20.40) as well as in information and communication (€19.37). With €15.19 per hour, earnings were traditionally higher in industry and construction than in services with €13.12. The lowest earnings were observed in accommodation and food service (€8.67). In all economic sectors examined, (median) gross hourly earnings of women were lower than those of men. Overall, women earned €12.23 and men €15.09 per hour, which means that women earned 19.0% less than men (2010: 21.1%) did.

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