Living Wages in Austria, per month in EUR - October 2017

The Living Wage is based on the concept that work should provide an adequate income to cover the necessary living costs of a family. WageIndicator uses prices from the Cost of Living Survey to calculate Living Wage for 60 countries. The Living Wage is an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs including food, housing, transport, health, education, tax deductions and other necessities.

The following table summarises the varying expenditure and income needs for the three commonly occurring family household compositions.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in Euro)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 500 650 570 745 145 185
Housing 650 900 650 900 325 450
Transport 87 88 87 88 44 44
Health 40 85 40 85 10 21
Education 64 125 64 125 0 0
Other costs 67 92 71 97 26 35
Total Expenditure 1408 1940 1482 2040 550 735
Net Living Wage 880 1213 823 1133 550 735
Gross Living Wage 1210 1660 1130 1560 755 1010

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in Euro)

There is not a single answer to what is the adequate cost of living. The result is complex, as the cost of living varies by household composition, location, and employment pattern. The following table presents the Living Wage estimates for a set of most common family household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 1.5 children, 1.6 working) 1210 1660
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 1130 1560
Two parents and two children, 2 working 1020 1400
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 1360 1870
Two parents and two children, 1 working 2030 2800
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 1400 1910
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 1530 2090
Single-adult without children, 1 working 755 1010

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in Euro)

The Minimum Wage is a national legally binding obligation on employers which often make no reference to a living standard. Living Wage describes the adequate living standard. The common goal of the many living wage campaigns currently taking place all over the world is to lift Minimum Wages levels to those of the Living Wages. WageIndicator presents Living Wages jointly with Minimum Wages, aiming to raise awareness concerning the remaining differences in levels. Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including prevailing wages of workers over recent years.

  2014 . 2015 . 2016 . 2017 .
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage . . . . . . . .
Living Wage - Single Adult 820 1150 820 1150 855 1120 755 1010
Living Wage - Typical Family 1360 1960 1370 1960 1370 1910 1210 1660
Real wage of low-skilled worker 1460 1770 1510 1840 1510 1830 1340 1630
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 2120 2650 2140 2690 2150 2700 1910 2390
Real wage of high-skilled worker 2970 3810 3000 3850 3020 3880 2780 3580

Note: Table shows the lowest monthly Minimum Wage in a country, when available. Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web survey on work and wages. Results in the table are rounded.


Food basket and food prices in Euro

The food expenditure is the main component of Living Wage and it is determined by the price of food basket. The food prices are taken from WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey which collects the actual prices of all items necessary to calculate the Living Wage. The composition of the food basket is taken from the national food balance sheets published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The food basket is scaled to 2,100 calories per person per day that is the nutritional requirement for good health proposed by World Bank (Handbook on poverty and inequality, 2009).

Food itemGrams per dayEnergy (kcal)Price per kilo fromto
Wheat, barley and cereals 161 463 2 4
Rice 6 22 1 1.8
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 155 238 8.1 10
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 26 237 . .
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 67 239 1 1.2
Milk - Excluding Butter 435 165 .9 1
Vegetables, Other 126 33 1.6 2
Potatoes and products 98 68 1.1 2
Butter, Ghee 29 214 . .
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 25 35 1.7 2.5
Sunflowerseed Oil 11 104 . .
Fish products 23 20 10 14
Beer 180 88 2.4 6.4
Sweeteners, Other 8 22 . .
Bananas 18 11 1.4 1.8
Apples and products 81 39 2 2
Tomatoes and products 32 7 2 2
Onions 17 7 . .
Oranges, Mandarines 43 9 2 3
Wine 53 37 5.3 6
Cream 13 26 3.5 4
Honey 2 7 . .
Lemons, Limes and products 6 1 1.8 2
Coffee and products 16 7 5.5 6

WageIndicator Living Wage background:

The WageIndicator Living Wage is set to provide acceptable living standard to a family of a particular size. WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours which reflect the most frequently found real situations in which people have to make a living: 1. Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Typical family is comprised of two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (the average number of children a woman is expected to have during her lifespan). One adult is working full-time and the working hours of second adult are approximated by national employment rate. The total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 2. Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children (referred to as family 2+2). Living wage is calculated under different assumptions about working hours. These include that both adults work full-time (family employment rate is 2), or at least one adult works part-time or half-time (family employment rate is 1.8 and 1.5), or one adult does not work at all (i.e. patriarchal model with family employment 1). Alternatives refer to trade-offs between leisure and work and define what living wage represents. In every case the total income earned by two adults paid living wage is sufficient to reach adequate living standard. 3. Extended family Living Wage includes family with three or four children. One adult works full-time and the work intensity of second parent is approximated by national employment rate. 4. Individual Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time.

Data sources: WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey, World Bank Databank Fertility rate 2010-2014, ILO Estimated participation rate in 2017, FAO Food balance sheet in 2013.

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