Pay differentials largest in Uusimaa, smallest in North Karelia

In 2010, average earnings were highest in Uusimaa at EUR 3,369. No other region achieved the level of average earnings for the whole country. The regions with the lowest earnings were Etelä-Savo (EUR 2,682) and South Ostrobothnia (EUR 2,695). In Uusimaa, the best paid decile earned at least 2.56 times more than the decile with the lowest earnings. North Karelia was the region with the smallest pay differential of only 2-fold between the deciles. The differentials in the dispersion of earnings between the regions are mostly caused by differences in the structures of their wage and salary earning populations and jobs.

Table 1. Average monthly earnings and dispersion of earnings of full-time wage and salary earners by region in 2010 by Region and Total earnings, EUR / month

Region Total earnings, EUR / month
Number Mean 1st decile Median 9th decile
Total 1 394 260 3 040 1 937 2 715 4 498
01. Uusimaa 475 916 3 369 2 023 2 977 5 174
02. Varsinais-Suomi 113 975 2 904 1 901 2 618 4 233
04. Satakunta 53 885 2 849 1 887 2 592 4 045
05. Kanta-Häme 44 064 2 820 1 899 2 585 4 013
06. Pirkanmaa 124 838 2 926 1 909 2 653 4 246
07. Päijät-Häme 47 319 2 802 1 881 2 564 3 954
08. Kymenlaakso 41 445 2 912 1 922 2 649 4 161
09. South Karelia 30 555 2 884 1 912 2 692 3 996
10. Etelä-Savo 32 239 2 692 1 833 2 482 3 745
11. Pohjois-Savo 57 173 2 820 1 886 2 580 4 000
12. North Karelia 38 928 2 736 1 891 2 521 3 809
13. Central Finland 66 092 2 959 1 931 2 679 4 275
14. South Ostrobothnia 41 923 2 694 1 842 2 473 3 749
15. Ostrobothnia 39 439 2 931 1 933 2 666 4 190
16. Central Ostrobothnia 15 662 2 844 1 902 2 624 4 020
17. North Ostrobothnia 90 620 2 947 1 923 2 680 4 262
18. Kainuu 20 372 2 846 1 939 2 582 4 094
19. Lapland 40 901 2 813 1 902 2 592 3 947
20. Itä-Uusimaa 17 048 2 990 1 947 2 751 4 336

At the end of 2010, more than one-third of all full-time wage and salary earners were located in the region of Uusimaa. The share employed by the public sector was highest in Lapland and Itä-Uusimaa. By contrast, the share of wage and salary earners employed by the private sector was significant in Varsinais-Suomi and Etelä–Savo and, due to a large share of service industries, also in Uusimaa and South Karelia.

Figure 1. Shares of employer sectors of employment relationships recorded in statistics in different regions in 2010, % of full-time wage and salary earners in region

Figure 1. Shares of employer sectors of employment relationships recorded in statistics in different regions in 2010, % of full-time wage and salary earners in region

Source: Structure of Earnings 2010, Statistics Finland

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Updated 5.4.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Structure of Earnings [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0092. 2010, Pay differentials largest in Uusimaa, smallest in North Karelia . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.10.2017].
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