Regional Living Wages?

Data transparency for decent work and economic growth (SGD 8)

The WageIndicator Foundation

  • Founded in 2000
  • Mission: more labour market transparency for the benefit of all employers, employees and workers worldwide by sharing and comparing information on wages, Labour Law and career
  • Provide online data and information on labour laws, minimum wages, living wages (at country level), salary checks and more. and the 140 WageIndicators websites in national languages provide surveys and apps for collecting data in more than ¾ of the countries in the world.
  • Core team of 15 fulltime persons and >100 partners worldwide for data collection and research.
  • 42 millions visitors per year on the websites of Wageindiacator.

The WageIndicator Living Wage Database

The biggest and best open primary data sources for cost of living worldwide:

  • More than 2 millions data points have been collected
  • 480’000 of which in 2019
  • This data collection happened together face to face on apps, through the WageIndicator national websites and with partners answering surveys.

A team of researchers developed living wage estimates, in line with Anker&Anker 2017 methodology for:

  • 110 countries
  • 889 regions
  • 271 cities

Developments are on-going and more regions are added every quarter.

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Data collection

  • Online and offline app for cost of living data collection - Adapted for 140 countries in 48 languages 
  • Deployment of app through a range of partners and individual to collect half a million data points per year.
  • Tailored data collection in specific locations to support partners companies and other organisations with custom living wage estimates.
  • Additional secondary data collection on cost of living through other platforms to address specific requests from partners. We use as well a custom model to fill data gaps whenever needed, when no primary or secondary data is available and data collection is not an option.
  • Desktop research for (statutory) minimum wage (over 140 countries), labour law and collective agreements.

cost of living app


  • Our methodology is generally aligned with Anker & Anker 2017. It is adapted to the primary data we collect.
  • Apart from the data on cost of living, we use different living wage estimates for different family situations: nb of earners per family and fertility rate. E.g. for the typical family: two adults and as many children as indicated in the national fertility rate. The percentage of working time worked is 100% for one adult and a percentage equivalent to the national employment rate for the second adult.
  • A margin for unexpected events (5%) is added and the gross living wage is calculated based on regionalized personal income tax.
  • Living wage and living income can be provided in our dataset.

A visual description is available here:


Missing locations

We are constantly working at extending and updating the cost of living data. The database is updated every quarter. 

In the case when partners request living wage data for additional locations, the following steps are used per order of priority (and cost):

  1. Collect primary data with a local partner
  2. Collect secondary data from other sources 
  3. Estimate data through a global model based on our living wage data (regression model aligned with Purchasing Power Parity for instance)

We ensure the consistency of method across estimates for relevant benchmarking and comparisons.

Use and added-value

The Living Wage World Database  is supporting international organisation and companies in carrying wages benchmarking for their employees, partners and suppliers in different countries and contexts (risks, wage adjustment, corporate commitment, audits, etc).

Countries average data is available for free, however more comprehensive and location specific data is often needed for supporting more robust and relevant analysis. The paid access to the regional database ensures:

  • Extended location list and living wage types + relevant legal minimum wage, per city, region, sector and/or country.
  • Quarterly update
  • Access to underlying data for specific calculations and applications
  • Support from WageIndicator international team to use the database
  • Access to extended support services with preferential rates.


Different private and international organisations are using our data, among others:

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Our work rely on partners including:

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A wide range of additional organisations are collaborating with us on developing further the database and applying it in different context.



National living wage database

FULL living 

wage database

CUSTOM services

80 countries

112 countries

>889 regions

>271 cities

Legal minimum wages as Gazetted

Quarterly updates

Transparent data

Free support to use the data

DEVELOPMENT of additional living wage dataset

SUPPORT for benchmarking, implementation and strategy


9’800 EUR/year*

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* Prices might be adjusted downward if number of organisations paying for the licence is high.

Long term collaboration

You will receive quarterly update on the standard living wage global database, together with a support from our team for using the database.

If you would like to go beyond, our team has the expertise to develop additional living wage estimates for locations that are not covered yet by the standard full database. We are also able to provide smaller dataset for targeted location, upon request. 

We also support partners and clients in:

  • review of their employees and suppliers
  • embed better compensation policies into their corporate strategy
  • analyse further labour and human rights in their direct operations and supply chain
  • and carry specific consulting projects according to your needs

Contact:  Samuel Vionnet via WageIndicator Contact.