Data on wages and impacting factors in Latvia compiled

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2018 the highest wages and salaries were received by ship and aircraft controllers and technicians, whose gross monthly wage on average comprised EUR 3 279, according to data published by CSB July 17.

Managers of information and communication technologies sector (EUR 2 931), software and applications developers and analysts (EUR 2 644) were also among the best paid occupational groups.

The best paid employee occupational groups in 2018

Name and code of the occupational group according to Classification of Occupations of the Republic of Latvia

Average gross monthly wages and salaries in 2018, in EUR

Ship and aircraft controllers and technicians (315)

3 279

Information and communications technology service managers (133)

2 931

Software and applications developers and analysts (251)

2 644

Medical doctors (221)

2 543

Legal professionals (261)

2 162

Database and network professionals (252)

2 106

Ships' deck crews and related workers (835)

2 034

Sales, marketing and public relations professionals (243)

2 021

Sales, marketing and development managers (122)

1 990

Hotel and restaurant managers (141)

1 96

Sellers selling miscellaneous goods (except food)  on the street, stadiums, cinemas, theaters and other public places, on average earned EUR 518 a month before taxes, which is the lowest indicator among all occupational groups.

Employees of both sexes with higher education were better paid than employees with secondary and basic, also with professional education, however, females earned less than males in all groups of educational attainment in 2018.

Males and females with doctorate degree (EUR 12.40 and 10.25, respectively) and with master's degree (EUR 9.80 and 7.57, respectively) had the highest average hourly remuneration. Employees with education that is lower than primary education, average hourly remuneration comprised EUR 3.50 for males and EUR 3.14 – for females.

In 2018 employees with service increment from 15 to 19 years had the highest average monthly wages and salaries, but employees that had worked for less than one year – the lowest. Average wages and salaries did not differ significantly of employees with 1 to 9 years of work experience and of those who had worked 30 and more years in one enterprise or institution.

Structure of Earnings Survey is carried out once in four years in all European Union member states, according to a common methodology, which ensures comparability of indicators and simultaneously avoiding excessive burden on data providers.

Aim of the survey was to acquire information on average wages and salaries and factors impacting them – both those that characterize employee, and employer. Data are available in breakdown by sex, age, level of education, occupational group, number of years worked at employer, kind of agreement, work load and existence of collective agreement of the employee, in breakdown by sectors, group and region of employer's enterprise size where the employee actually works. Information is also available on overtime and its pay.

Full data report available on CSB webpage.

 

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