Living Wages in Czech Republic, per month in CZK

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 calculates Living Wage for around 50 countries based on prices collected within the WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey. The Living Wage calculated by WageIndicator is composed of seven parts: food, housing, transport, health, education, tax and other costs.

WageIndicator presents Living Wages for several household types and working hours to respond to different demands for living wage information: Typical family Living Wage is a baseline estimate that respects the country specific conditions. Family includes two adults and the number of children is given by country specific fertility rate (1.5 children per woman). One parent is working full-time and the working hours of second parent are approximated by national employment rate (63% in 2017). Standard family Living Wage is estimated for a family composed of two adults and two children. One parent is employed full-time and the second parent works 4 days a week it means family employment rate is 1.8. Single-adult Living Wage represents an acceptable standard of living for a single individual working full-time with no dependents.

Expenditure and Living Wage calculation (monthly rates in CZK)

  Typical family   Standard family   Single-adult  
  from to from to from to
Food 5590 7230 6400 8280 1600 2070
Housing 4840 6000 4840 6000 4070 5440
Transport 900 1100 900 1100 450 550
Health 500 1250 500 1250 125 313
Education 1000 2000 1000 2000 0 0
Other costs 640 880 680 930 310 420
Total Expenditure 13470 18460 14320 19560 6555 8793
Net Living Wage 8419 11538 7956 10867 6555 8793
Gross Living Wage 10523 14422 9944 13583 8194 10991

Note: For more details see Living Wage FAQ.

Family Living Wages (monthly rates in CZK)

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 common household compositions and under different assumptions about working hours.

  from to
Typical family (two parents + 1.5 children, 1.6 working) 10500 14400
Standard family (two parents + 2 children, 1.8 working) 9950 13600
Two parents and two children, 2 working 8950 12200
Two parents and two children, 1.5 working 11900 16300
Two parents and two children, 1 working 17900 24500
Two parents and three children, 1.6 working 12500 17000
Two parents and four children, 1.6 working 13800 18700
Single-adult without children, 1 working 8200 11000

Note: Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wages in Context (monthly rates in CZK)

Living Wages are presented in context with other wage indicators including minimum wage, poverty line, and various prevailing wages of workers. Table shows the development of income levels over two years.

7-12/20151-6/20167-12/20161-6/2017
  from to from to from to from to
Minimum wage 9200 . 9900 . 9900 . 11000 .
Living Wage - Typical Family 13100 17700 12900 17200 13000 17400 10500 14400
Living Wage - Single Adult 10400 13400 10300 13600 10900 14000 8200 11000
Real wage of low-skilled worker 12900 15500 12600 15000 12400 14800 12800 15300
Real wage of medium-skilled worker 16500 20900 17100 21500 17300 21700 17500 22200
Real wage of high-skilled worker 27000 33700 27400 34000 27500 34200 27500 34500

Note: Reported monthly earnings of workers in low-, medium-, and high-skilled occupations are obtained from the voluntary WageIndicator web surveys on work and wages over the last 36 months. Results in the table are rounded.

Living Wage model diet and food prices in CZK

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 198 546 35 50
Rice 9 32 20 30
Meat (beef, pork, poultry) 139 200 110 130
Oils (soyabean, olive, palm) 34 302 27.5 29.5
Sugar (Raw Equivalent) 65 231 20 30
Maize and products 0 0 25 35
Milk - Excluding Butter 359 187 15 17
Vegetables, Other 93 25 28 40
Potatoes and products 139 91 11 15
Butter, Ghee 17 119 100 120
Groundnuts (Shelled Eq) 6 17 35 45
Pulses, Other and products 1 4 40 50
Egg (price per 10 eggs) 21 30 517 30
Sunflowerseed Oil 7 66 30 32
Fish products 16 11 113 140
Beer 257 126 30.3 50
Sweeteners, Other 12 26 16 22
Beans 0 1 25 40
Sweet potatoes 0 0 20 30
Bananas 14 9 27 32
Soyabeans 2 5 50 50
Apples and products 23 11 25 29
Tomatoes and products 24 5 30 40
Onions 15 5 12 16
Oranges, Mandarines 29 7 25 29
Plantains 1 1 21.5 30
Peas 2 7 25 30
Roots, Other 0 0 24 32.5
Seeds and kernels 0 1 50 78
Wine 17 12 103 120
Cream 7 15 50 90
Olives (including preserved) 2 3 84 100
Honey 1 5 120 150
Citrus, Other 1 0 29 40
Lemons, Limes and products 5 1 30 39.9
Tea (including mate) 0 0 34 41
Grapefruit and products 2 1 30 40
Coffee and products 5 3 110 179

Data sources:

Living Wage FAQ.

WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey

World Bank Databank, Fertility rate – average births per woman in years 2010-2014

ILO, Estimated participation rate in 2017

FAO, Food balance sheet in 2013 

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