Expat Disposable Incomes Compared

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Expats tend to look at the size of their wage packets rather than what’s left once tax and living costs are taken out.

Sometimes this can end in a big surprise as that tax free salary does not go as far as many expats would believe once housing costs, private health and day to day living costs are factored in.

Now, looking at some financial and lifestyle facts and figures on web site Nationmaster can prepare expats for the unexpected.

The table below is one of dozens on the site covering information from GDP to crime.

Money in the bank

This table compares the average monthly disposable income for different countries, which is the money left in the bank after taxes are paid.

If you are using the table to work out whether an employer is offering a good salary, do not forget that the figures can vary widely in some countries.

In the US capital, Washington DC, monthly disposable incomes average £3,730, while in the state of Mississippi; the average is only £1,813.

The data was collected over four years by researchers for Numbeo, a statistics website, and then adapted by Nationmaster.

Countries Compared: Average Monthly Disposable Salary After Tax
RankCountryDisposalable incomeYear
1Switzerland£4,313.532014
2Luxembourg£3,066.422014
3Zambia£2,964.562014
4Jersey£2,959.262014
5Bermuda£2,909.132014
6Norway£2,885.462014
7Monaco£2,835.732013
8Qatar£2,764.072014
9Gibraltar£2,731.632014
10Australia£2,587.882014
11Cayman Islands£2,267.762014
12Denmark£2,238.052014
13United States£2,230.682014
14British Virgin Islands£2,190.402014
15Sweden£2,177.472014
16United Arab Emirates£2,109.182014
17The Bahamas£2,070.612014
18Ireland£2,047.482014
19United Kingdom£2,026.492014
20Netherlands£2,010.772014
21Finland£2,001.552014
22Germany£1,952.092014
23Aruba£1,939.412014
24Japan£1,904.572014
25Canada£1,898.462014
26France£1,890.582014
27Singapore£1,888.802014
28Guam£1,882.382013
29Greenland£1,878.842013
30Andorra£1,869.452014
31New Zealand£1,843.392014
32Angola£1,813.952014
33Belgium£1,755.672014
34Hong Kong£1,708.422014
35Guernsey£1,708.122014
36Faroe Islands£1,690.962014
37Austria£1,682.042014
38New Caledonia£1,660.132013
39Kuwait£1,531.032014
40Brunei£1,525.212014
41Iceland£1,489.572014
42South Korea£1,488.352014
43Italy£1,449.612014
44Oman£1,428.652014
45Reunion£1,308.612014
46Israel£1,283.182014
47Saudi Arabia£1,222.562014
48Gabon£1,166.472014
49Puerto Rico£1,166.062014
50Spain£1,119.262014
51Barbados£1,112.312014
52Cyprus£1,108.102014
53Malta£1,069.332014
54French Polynesia£1,028.202013
55Belize£986.362014
56South Africa£958.312014
57Mauritius£915.682014
58Taiwan£894.942014
59Slovenia£873.192014
60Grenada£855.632014
61Bahrain£839.742014
62Curacao£754.202013
63Malawi£752.262013
64Equatorial Guinea£744.392013
65Portugal£740.442014
66Jamaica£739.562014
67Czech Republic£698.522014
68Argentina£697.222014
69Lesotho£696.702014
70Malaysia£670.542014
71Greece£652.632014
72Chile£649.932014
73Slovakia£648.872014
74Lebanon£641.492014
75Estonia£626.302014
76Poland£619.902014
77Croatia£595.322014
78Uruguay£590.452014
79Isle of Man£569.092013
80Suriname£553.092014
81Swaziland£538.652014
82Costa Rica£533.252014
83Panama£527.212014
84Brazil£518.802014
85Mozambique£518.322014
86Turkey£517.522014
87Nigeria£500.832014
88China£500.472014
89Mexico£499.642014
90Trinidad and Tobago£492.492014
91Latvia£488.122014
92Haiti£487.712014
93Fiji£486.152014
94Lithuania£480.032014
95Russia£469.682014
96Hungary£456.962014
97Sudan£444.932014
98Libya£440.882014
99Jordan£436.022014
100Namibia£433.302014
101Tanzania£433.062014
102Maldives£429.392014
103Kazakhstan£420.452014
104Nicaragua£405.572014
105Montenegro£403.732014
106Iraq£392.122014
107Guatemala£390.712014
108Venezuela£386.582014
109Bolivia£386.222014
110Bosnia and Herzegovina£385.002014
111Madagascar£365.062014
112Botswana£361.992014
113Azerbaijan£359.252014
114Honduras£357.902014
115Dominica£351.762013
116Serbia£347.102014
117Bulgaria£346.882014
118Thailand£344.152014
119Belarus£343.752014
120Zimbabwe£342.252014
121Peru£336.862014
122Dominican Republic£336.342014
123Romania£333.412014
124Kenya£329.392014
125Colombia£324.902014
126Cameroon£319.482014
127Mongolia£318.222014
128Rwanda£314.872014
129India£309.472014
130Iran£306.392014
131Albania£297.202014
132Paraguay£291.332014
133Saint Lucia£288.252014
134Morocco£284.472014
135Mali£273.802014
136Tunisia£269.032014
137Republic of Macedonia£264.802014
138Uganda£259.972014
139Turkmenistan£255.542013
140El Salvador£249.842014
141Uzbekistan£246.912014
142Ecuador£245.932014
143Ukraine£244.852014
144Sri Lanka£241.372014
145Democratic Republic of the Congo£240.832014
146Ghana£240.412014
147Somalia£239.582014
147Kyrgyzstan£239.582014
149Algeria£237.172014
150Bangladesh£232.882014
151Vietnam£229.032014
152Philippines£226.382014
153Armenia£214.172014
154Indonesia£208.262014
155Georgia£204.922014
156Burma£192.772014
157Laos£192.572014
158Papua New Guinea£187.622014
159Seychelles£182.912014
160Egypt£180.932014
161Burundi£175.402013
162Syria£172.322014
163Ethiopia£170.442014
164Moldova£167.082014
165Cambodia£166.982014
166Pakistan£163.812014
167Yemen£156.752014
168Afghanistan£146.202014
169Guyana£143.292014
170Senegal£136.902014
171Cape Verde£130.862014
172Tajikistan£128.192013
173Nepal£113.962014
174Samoa£43.682013
175Gambia£26.952014
176Cuba£17.152014
Source:Countries Compared by Cost of living > Average monthly disposable salary > After tax. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Numbeo.com. Cost of living.. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Cost-of-living/Average-monthly-disposable-salary/After-tax

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