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Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a person working in France make?

Average Yearly Salary
60,800 EUR
( 5,070 EUR monthly)


A person working in France typically earns around 60,800 EUR per year. Salaries range from 8,240 EUR (lowest) to 269,000 EUR (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 France

Median and salary distribution yearly France

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in France range between 8,240 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 269,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 59,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 59,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 59,000 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 30,300 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 30,300 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 154,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 154,000 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 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 France

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly France
Average Salary 2016
55,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
57,000 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
57,900 EUR
Average Salary 2019+2%
59,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 3% 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
Accountant39,500 EUR
Accounting Assistant37,100 EUR
Accounting Manager78,600 EUR
Bookkeeper30,100 EUR
Chartered Accountant51,700 EUR
Corporate Treasurer102,000 EUR
Financial Analyst61,400 EUR
Financial Manager113,000 EUR
Internal Auditor62,000 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant31,100 EUR
Office Manager39,200 EUR
Receptionist32,000 EUR
Secretary30,500 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director54,600 EUR
Creative Director57,800 EUR
Graphic Designer42,000 EUR
Photographer39,200 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer66,000 EUR
Air Traffic Controller59,900 EUR
Flight Attendant50,400 EUR
Pilot67,400 EUR

Architect53,400 EUR
CAD Drafter44,300 EUR

Mechanic31,200 EUR
Service Advisor44,400 EUR

Bank Branch Manager87,200 EUR
Teller38,400 EUR

Teacher42,400 EUR
Translator51,700 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst72,500 EUR
Business Development Manager85,600 EUR
Project Manager70,100 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny35,400 EUR
Nursery Teacher41,600 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer53,000 EUR
Construction Project Manager71,200 EUR
Health and Safety Officer37,600 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative41,700 EUR
Customer Service Manager77,000 EUR
Customer Service Representative40,000 EUR

Civil Engineer52,300 EUR
Electrical Engineer57,900 EUR
Engineer50,700 EUR
Mechanical Engineer55,500 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer134,000 EUR
Chief Financial Officer120,000 EUR
General Manager103,000 EUR
Project Manager64,100 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef48,000 EUR
Executive Chef49,000 EUR
Hotel Manager88,000 EUR
Receptionist40,400 EUR
Travel Agent49,100 EUR
Waiter / Waitress35,400 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist142,000 EUR
Dietitian129,000 EUR
Laboratory Technician42,700 EUR
Nurse44,200 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager82,300 EUR
Human Resources Officer48,500 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician43,500 EUR
Database Administrator58,400 EUR
Developer / Programmer50,700 EUR
Information Technology Manager87,600 EUR
Network Engineer49,400 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer48,200 EUR

Attorney85,100 EUR
Legal Assistant41,100 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist55,600 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer50,600 EUR
Pharmacist67,900 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier31,400 EUR
Sales Manager93,700 EUR
Sales Representative38,000 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher41,700 EUR
Secondary School Teacher49,000 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in France

29 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 29 EUR. This means that the average person in France earns approximatly 29 EUR 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
Bordeaux56,500 EUR
Lille55,800 EUR
Lyon64,400 EUR
Marseille65,600 EUR
Montpellier58,500 EUR
Nantes61,100 EUR
Nice62,400 EUR
Paris67,500 EUR
Strasbourg60,500 EUR
Toulouse64,300 EUR
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