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Average Salary in Finland 2020

How much money does a person working in Finland make?


Average Monthly Salary
4,690 EUR
( 56,300 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,190
EUR
AVERAGE
4,690
EUR
HIGH
20,900
EUR

A person working in Finland typically earns around 4,690 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,190 EUR (lowest average) to 20,900 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Finland

Median and salary distribution monthly Finland
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Finland range from 1,190 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 20,900 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,320 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 4,320 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,320 EUR. 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 2,480 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,480 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 11,600 EUR while 25% are earning more than 11,600 EUR.


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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Finland costs anywhere from 23,400 Euro(s) to 70,300 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Finland
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Finland earn 4% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
4,790 EUR
Female-4%
4,590 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Finland

How much are annual salary increments in Finland? How often do employees get salary raises?

Finland

Employees in Finland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Finland is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
1%
Energy
2%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
4%
Travel
5%
Construction
6%
Education
7%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Finland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Finland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Finland
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50% of surveyed staff in Finland reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
50%
No Bonus
50%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant3,150 EUR
Accounting Assistant2,400 EUR
Accounting Manager6,980 EUR
Bookkeeper2,040 EUR
Chartered Accountant4,100 EUR
Corporate Treasurer5,940 EUR
Financial Analyst5,790 EUR
Financial Manager8,650 EUR
Internal Auditor4,370 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,390 EUR
Office Manager4,150 EUR
Receptionist2,110 EUR
Secretary2,130 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director4,570 EUR
Creative Director4,620 EUR
Graphic Designer2,840 EUR
Photographer2,620 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,660 EUR
Air Traffic Controller5,220 EUR
Flight Attendant3,220 EUR
Pilot7,770 EUR

Architecture
Architect5,610 EUR
CAD Drafter2,370 EUR

Automotive
Mechanic1,720 EUR
Service Advisor2,990 EUR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager8,440 EUR
Teller1,790 EUR

Bilingual
Teacher3,570 EUR
Translator4,100 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,740 EUR
Business Development Manager7,360 EUR
Project Manager5,620 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny1,910 EUR
Nursery Teacher1,780 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,400 EUR
Construction Project Manager7,860 EUR
Health and Safety Officer1,990 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative1,750 EUR
Customer Service Manager6,030 EUR
Customer Service Representative1,630 EUR

Engineering
Civil Engineer4,320 EUR
Electrical Engineer4,240 EUR
Engineer4,280 EUR
Mechanical Engineer4,290 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer10,300 EUR
Chief Financial Officer9,770 EUR
General Manager7,820 EUR
Project Manager5,360 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef2,890 EUR
Executive Chef3,160 EUR
Hotel Manager8,310 EUR
Receptionist1,670 EUR
Travel Agent2,920 EUR
Waiter / Waitress1,420 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist10,800 EUR
Dietitian8,550 EUR
Laboratory Technician3,400 EUR
Nurse3,530 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager6,640 EUR
Human Resources Officer2,630 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,560 EUR
Database Administrator4,490 EUR
Developer / Programmer4,470 EUR
Information Technology Manager7,380 EUR
Network Engineer3,860 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer2,840 EUR

Legal
Attorney8,860 EUR
Legal Assistant2,320 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist5,000 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer4,000 EUR
Pharmacist6,020 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,680 EUR
Sales Manager7,470 EUR
Sales Representative3,030 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,210 EUR
Secondary School Teacher3,650 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Finland


27 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Finland is 27 EUR. This means that the average person in Finland earns approximately 27 EUR for every worked hour.


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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Helsinki5,010 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Finland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,580 EUR
Public Sector+5%
4,790 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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