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Average Salary in Norway 2020

How much money does a person working in Norway make?

Average Yearly Salary
1,480,000 NOK
( 123,000 NOK monthly)


A person working in Norway typically earns around 1,480,000 NOK per year. Salaries range from 200,000 NOK (lowest) to 6,560,000 NOK (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Norway

Median and salary distribution yearly Norway

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Norway range between 200,000 NOK per year (minimum salary) to 6,560,000 NOK per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,540,000 NOK per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 1,540,000 NOK while the other half are earning more than 1,540,000 NOK. 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.

  • Percentiles

    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 783,000 NOK while 75% of them are earning more than 783,000 NOK. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 4,370,000 NOK while 25% are earning more than 4,370,000 NOK.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

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 Norway

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly Norway
Average Salary 2016
1,280,000 NOK
Average Salary 2017+4%
1,330,000 NOK
Average Salary 2018+4%
1,380,000 NOK
Average Salary 2019+4%
1,430,000 NOK
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Norway are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant997,000 NOK
Accounting Assistant925,000 NOK
Accounting Manager1,910,000 NOK
Bookkeeper730,000 NOK
Chartered Accountant1,290,000 NOK
Corporate Treasurer2,640,000 NOK
Financial Analyst1,430,000 NOK
Financial Manager2,830,000 NOK
Internal Auditor1,540,000 NOK

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant723,000 NOK
Office Manager952,000 NOK
Receptionist830,000 NOK
Secretary782,000 NOK

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director1,340,000 NOK
Creative Director1,440,000 NOK
Graphic Designer988,000 NOK
Photographer993,000 NOK

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer1,560,000 NOK
Air Traffic Controller1,390,000 NOK
Flight Attendant1,240,000 NOK
Pilot1,730,000 NOK

Architect1,270,000 NOK
CAD Drafter1,110,000 NOK

Mechanic762,000 NOK
Service Advisor1,170,000 NOK

Bank Branch Manager2,010,000 NOK
Teller935,000 NOK

Teacher1,070,000 NOK
Translator1,290,000 NOK

Business Planning
Business Analyst1,660,000 NOK
Business Development Manager2,130,000 NOK
Project Manager1,760,000 NOK

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny872,000 NOK
Nursery Teacher999,000 NOK

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer1,300,000 NOK
Construction Project Manager1,640,000 NOK
Health and Safety Officer946,000 NOK

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative984,000 NOK
Customer Service Manager1,800,000 NOK
Customer Service Representative1,020,000 NOK

Civil Engineer1,320,000 NOK
Electrical Engineer1,420,000 NOK
Engineer1,340,000 NOK
Mechanical Engineer1,350,000 NOK

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer3,270,000 NOK
Chief Financial Officer3,040,000 NOK
General Manager2,400,000 NOK
Project Manager1,560,000 NOK

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef1,210,000 NOK
Executive Chef1,200,000 NOK
Hotel Manager2,040,000 NOK
Receptionist1,020,000 NOK
Travel Agent1,220,000 NOK
Waiter / Waitress867,000 NOK

Health and Medical
Dentist3,550,000 NOK
Dietitian3,130,000 NOK
Laboratory Technician1,040,000 NOK
Nurse1,110,000 NOK

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager2,000,000 NOK
Human Resources Officer1,120,000 NOK

Information Technology
Computer Technician1,080,000 NOK
Database Administrator1,360,000 NOK
Developer / Programmer1,250,000 NOK
Information Technology Manager2,170,000 NOK
Network Engineer1,290,000 NOK

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer1,130,000 NOK

Attorney1,980,000 NOK
Legal Assistant1,040,000 NOK

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist1,390,000 NOK

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer1,270,000 NOK
Pharmacist1,650,000 NOK

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier833,000 NOK
Sales Manager2,340,000 NOK
Sales Representative936,000 NOK

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher984,000 NOK
Secondary School Teacher1,190,000 NOK

Average Hourly Wage in Norway

710 NOK per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Norway is 710 NOK. This means that the average person in Norway earns approximatly 710 NOK 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Oslo1,550,000 NOK
Stavanger1,400,000 NOK
Tromso1,350,000 NOK
Trondheim1,490,000 NOK
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