When you want to settle in another country, it is important to get simple and practical benchmarks quickly. Over the next few weeks we will give you an overview of the elements to take into consideration before moving to Luxembourg in terms of salaries, housing, family allowances etc..
Wage levels in Luxembourg
Minimum social wage
In Luxembourg, a minimum social wage (SSM) exists. The minimum social wage in Luxembourg is composed of two levels:
- since January 1st, 2019, the unqualified social minimum wage is 11,9717 euros per hour, which means for a full time job (40 hours/month) € 2 071,10*gross per month and € 1.842,24 net. This salary may be also reduced depending of the age of the person (under 18). See summer jobs.
- the qualified minimum social wage amounts to € 2 485,32 € and € 2.223,32 net.
Gross / net salary, payroll tax
Taxes in Luxembourg are directly deducted for the above mentioned incomes when the employer pays the salary. For example :
A bachelor without children earning the qualified SSM will pay 140 € for the income tax. The net salary after taxes and social contributions will be therefore just under 2000 €.
A married person with children earning 3000 € gross per month will pay only 45 € income tax. The net salary after contribution and taxes will be just under 2600 €.
These calculations do not take into account certain other incomes that could be collected by the employee such as the various benefits (company car) and travel expenses.
Average wages paid in Luxembourg
The average salary paid in Luxembourg is, according to the latest statistics, the highest among the 34 OECD countries.
In 2017, it amounted to an average of $63,062 per year, ahead of Switzerland ($62,283), Iceland ($61,787) and the United States ($60,558). Source OECD.
By sectors of activity
However, average wages in Luxembourg are high and show significant differences between sectors of activity (STATEC data):
- Industry: 49,311 €
Construction: 39,060 €
Services: 58,614 €
Trade, repair of automobiles: 42.287 €
Financial activities and insurance: € 86,453 €
* Salary (given on 01/01/2017 for a period of 40 hours).
Source: Administration des contributions directes.
Gender pay gap
In Europe, the wage gap between men and women is 16% on average. This means that when a man earns 1 euro, a woman earns 84 cents for an equivalent position. In this context, Luxembourg is a good pupil, since in the Grand Duchy the wage gap between men and women is 5.4%.
Laws are in force in favour of gender equality and a specific portal on gender equality in Luxembourg has been created by the Ministry.
Tax Calculator to calculate your net salary in Luxembourg
In wage negotiations to find a job, we always talk about the gross salary, ie before deductions of the various social contributions and especially before tax, since this one is deducted at source in Luxembourg.
These deductions vary according to the instructions established annually by the Ministry of Finance (taxes) and according to your personal situation. More information about taxation in Luxembourg.