Salary Survey Extra: Average annual salary in 11 non-U.S. nations

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Salary Survey Extra is a series of periodic dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our most recent Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

 A substantial chunk of our Salary Survey data is contributed by U.S. respondents, but we do get information from all around the world.A lot of the data that we release from the Salary Survey is closely tied to conditions and circumstances in the United States. To some extent, that’s just because our data regarding certification in the United States is more reliable than the data that we have about certification in other countries. Last year, 56 percent of all Salary Survey respondents were U.S. residents.

India, which accounted for 9.9 percent of all Salary Survey respondents, is next in terms of total representation, so you can see why it’s hard to paint pictures, except in broad strokes, based on our international survey data. Today, however, we’re going to use some of those broad strokes.

For the 2018 Salary Survey, the average annual salary of all U.S. respondents is $115,670. We can’t say how every country that produced survey responses compares. On the other hand, we do have some sizeable samples other than from India. So we took the 11 countries with the highest number of respondents, and averaged the annual salaries of all respondents from each country.

For the sake of consistency, and also because it simplifies work on the calculating and reporting end of things, we ask survey participants to report their salary in U.S. dollars. So we have two sets of numbers here: the average salary in U.S. dollars, and a converted figure based on the current rate of exchange (as of today, Nov. 6). Take a look:

COUNTRYPercentage of All Non-U.S. Survey Respondents from this CountryAverage Annual Salary (U.S.)Average Annual Salary (Converted)
India22.6 percent$24,090₹1,743,754
Canada9.8 percent$91,280C$119,700
United Kingdom6.7 percent$75,140£57,225
Australia5.9 percent$102,570A$140,970
Spain3.1 percent$49,080€42,940
Netherlands2.8 percent$69,100€60,455
Germany2.7 percent$69,476€69,476
Italy2.5 percent$44,320€38,744
Brazil2.2 percent$51,050R$190,518
France2.1 percent$74,870€65,503
Switzerland2 percent$131,720CHF131,983

2018 Salary Data

This is ordinarily the part where we’d offer a few paragraphs or sentences of analysis. Because we’re not familiar with the cost of living in the various nations represented, however, this is one time when we have to let the numbers more or less speak for themselves.

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