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Average Salary in Korea (North) 2019

How much money does a person working in Korea (North) make?

317,890 KPW per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Korea (North) typically earns around 317,890 KPW per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Korea (North) | All Jobs

Median and salary distribution monthly Korea (North)

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Korea (North) range between 43,028 KPW per month (minimum salary) to 1,407,666 KPW per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 317,890 KPW per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 317,890 KPW while the other half are earning more than 317,890 KPW. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 162,413 KPW while 75% of them are earning more than 162,413 KPW. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 862,778 KPW while 25% are earning more than 862,778 KPW.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Korea (North)

How are Korea (North) salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Korea (North)
Average Salary 2016    =  
295,233 KPW
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
306,157 KPW
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
313,811 KPW
Average Salary 2019    +1%  
317,890 KPW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Korea (North) are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant224,525 KPW
Administrative Assistant173,778 KPW
Architect282,995 KPW
Attorney475,804 KPW
Biomedical Engineer280,543 KPW
CAD Drafter248,498 KPW
Cashier191,307 KPW
Chartered Accountant269,522 KPW
Chef269,222 KPW
Chief Executive Officer706,757 KPW
Chief Financial Officer655,230 KPW
Civil Engineer298,490 KPW
Computer Technician244,450 KPW
Creative Director324,618 KPW
Dentist742,148 KPW
Developer / Programmer292,455 KPW
Electrical Engineer322,097 KPW
Elementary School Teacher224,647 KPW
Engineer304,921 KPW
Executive Chef297,287 KPW
Flight Attendant287,173 KPW
General Manager581,550 KPW
Graphic Designer212,588 KPW
Hotel Manager486,300 KPW
Human Resources Manager452,469 KPW
Internal Auditor318,955 KPW
Journalist328,431 KPW
Legal Assistant238,850 KPW
Mechanical Engineer328,748 KPW
Nurse254,527 KPW
Pharmacist350,455 KPW
Photographer214,439 KPW
Pilot381,898 KPW
Police Officer256,318 KPW
Project Manager361,052 KPW
Receptionist183,499 KPW
Sales Manager513,659 KPW
Sales Representative216,404 KPW
Secondary School Teacher266,319 KPW
Secretary181,565 KPW
Teacher259,805 KPW
Teller216,631 KPW
Travel Agent252,858 KPW
Waiter / Waitress189,248 KPW

Average Hourly Wage in Korea (North) | All Jobs

1,834 KPW per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Korea (North) | All Jobs is 1,834 KPW. This means that the average person in Korea (North) earns approximatly 1,834 KPW for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

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