Minimum Wage – France

  • Valid on april 2020
  • The amounts are in Euro.
  • The amounts are before tax.

Per Hour Per month
Statutory Minimum Wage (SMIC)
Minimum wage with effect from January 1, 2020 Minimum wage with effect till December 31, 2020 Minimum Wages - last checked - 12/31/19
€10.15 €1,539.42

Working hours

  • Days per week specified: 6.0
  • Hours per week specified: 35
  • On the basis of the legal working week of 35 hours, monthly minimum wage will be €1,521.22


Young people under 17 years old with less than 6 months of professional practice can be paid 80% of the legal minimum wage between 16 -17 years of age and 90% between 17-18. Young students on apprenticeship contracts are getting a wage which may vary between 25% and 78% of the SMIC in accordance with their age and the number of years working for the employer. Young people do not get any wages for a work experience at all but may be given an expense allowance. Nevertheless this allowance is compulsory by law for a work experience of more than 2 consecutive months. The amount of this allowance is 420 euros for a month in 2013. Part time workers cannot receive a wage less than the hourly SMIC.

France has a government-mandated minimum wage. No worker in France should be paid less then this minimum pay rate.
Employers in France who do not pay the Minimum Wage may be subject to punishment by the government of France.

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