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Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a person working in France make?


Average Yearly Salary
49,500 EUR
( 4,130 EUR monthly)

LOW
12,500
EUR
AVERAGE
49,500
EUR
HIGH
221,000
EUR

A person working in France typically earns around 49,500 EUR per year. Salaries range from 12,500 EUR (lowest average) to 221,000 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 France

Median and salary distribution yearly France
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in France range from 12,500 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 221,000 EUR per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 46,600 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 46,600 EUR while the other half are earning more than 46,600 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 26,600 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 26,600 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 126,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 126,000 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 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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 France costs anywhere from 20,600 Euro(s) to 61,900 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 yearly France
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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 France earn 6% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

Male
50,800 EUR
Female-5%
48,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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

France

Employees in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France 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 France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France
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49% of surveyed staff in France reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
51%
No Bonus
49%

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
Accountant33,200 EUR
Accounting Assistant25,300 EUR
Accounting Manager73,700 EUR
Bookkeeper21,900 EUR
Chartered Accountant44,300 EUR
Corporate Treasurer64,500 EUR
Financial Analyst61,900 EUR
Financial Manager92,000 EUR
Internal Auditor46,900 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant25,500 EUR
Office Manager40,700 EUR
Receptionist22,900 EUR
Secretary21,000 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director45,500 EUR
Creative Director46,400 EUR
Graphic Designer31,600 EUR
Photographer26,500 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer63,500 EUR
Air Traffic Controller53,200 EUR
Flight Attendant33,100 EUR
Pilot80,300 EUR

Architecture
Architect58,400 EUR
CAD Drafter24,700 EUR

Automotive
Mechanic18,300 EUR
Service Advisor31,900 EUR

Banking
Bank Branch Manager88,800 EUR
Teller17,500 EUR

Bilingual
Teacher34,800 EUR
Translator44,300 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst62,400 EUR
Business Development Manager73,800 EUR
Project Manager61,800 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny19,200 EUR
Nursery Teacher18,000 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer45,000 EUR
Construction Project Manager82,100 EUR
Health and Safety Officer21,800 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative18,700 EUR
Customer Service Manager65,100 EUR
Customer Service Representative17,600 EUR

Engineering
Civil Engineer43,700 EUR
Electrical Engineer47,500 EUR
Engineer43,400 EUR
Mechanical Engineer44,200 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer110,000 EUR
Chief Financial Officer98,800 EUR
General Manager84,300 EUR
Project Manager52,600 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef30,200 EUR
Executive Chef33,100 EUR
Hotel Manager88,100 EUR
Receptionist17,100 EUR
Travel Agent31,300 EUR
Waiter / Waitress15,200 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist117,000 EUR
Dietitian91,900 EUR
Laboratory Technician35,100 EUR
Nurse35,900 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager73,700 EUR
Human Resources Officer29,400 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician35,700 EUR
Database Administrator48,000 EUR
Developer / Programmer46,400 EUR
Information Technology Manager82,500 EUR
Network Engineer40,600 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer30,100 EUR

Legal
Attorney94,700 EUR
Legal Assistant24,800 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist52,700 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer41,500 EUR
Pharmacist63,200 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier17,200 EUR
Sales Manager85,000 EUR
Sales Representative31,200 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher34,300 EUR
Secondary School Teacher40,300 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in France


24 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 24 EUR. This means that the average person in France earns approximately 24 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
Bordeaux46,000 EUR
Lille45,400 EUR
Lyon52,400 EUR
Marseille53,500 EUR
Montpellier47,600 EUR
Nantes49,800 EUR
Nice50,800 EUR
Paris55,000 EUR
Strasbourg49,300 EUR
Toulouse52,400 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 France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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