Minimum Wages in Austria - Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Austria?

There is no separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Austria.

Minimum Wages is determined at what level?

Minimum Wage is determined for industries (retail, construction, metal, print and paper and service industry) and occupations (carpenter and painter). Statutory minimum wage rates may also be set for the entire country or only for specific regions.

Are governmental bodies, employer and/or trade union representatives involved in minimum wages setting?

Austria has a dual system for setting minimum wages: Collective agreements dominate the wage setting. The government has set minimum wages for certain sectors. A minimum wage rate may be determined by a specialized body - the Federal Arbitration Board - for groups of workers for whom a collective agreement cannot be agreed. The Board consists of one chairperson and at least 2 representatives each of the employees and employers.

How are upratings (adjustments) of minimum wage/s decided upon?

Upratings of minimum wages are decided after consultation with the employer and TU representatives.

Which are the components of minimum wage in Austria?


How frequently is the fixed component of minimum wage updated?

There is no specific interval to update fixed component of minimum wages.

What is/are the yardstick/s on which minimum wage upratings are based?

Minimum Wage upratings are based on Wage indexation, consumer price indexation & (decent) living standard.

What is National Poverty line?

Click here to know the national poverty line in context with Minimum Wage, living wages and actual wages. Select the currency (Euro or national currency) to know national poverty line.

How is minimum wages compliance regulated?

There is no institute to regulate minimum wage compliance.

Which legal sanctions can be applied in compliance is lacking?

There is no punishment for non compliance.

Are sanctions often being applied?


Are employer and/or trade union representatives involved in compliance procedures?


To whom/Where can individuals complain, if they think they are earning less than minimum wage?


Which month of the year is minimum wage rate revised in Austria?