Minimum Wage by Country

The minimum wage is the least amount that an employer is legally obliged to pay a worker at an hourly rate or a monthly rate. Minimum wage laws were put in place to combat worker exploitation in sweatshops and to help low-income families meet their basic requirements like food, water, and security. There is a big debate around the concept of minimum wage, with its supporters arguing that it increases standards of living and reduces poverty and inequality while having an overall net benefit for the economy as peoples purchasing power increases. Dissenters argue that it makes the cost of labor too expensive and forces businesses to raise prices and lay off workers, contributing to poor economic performance. 

The rate of minimum wage varies from country to country, and within the U.S, from state to state. This variation is due to annual incremental increases by governments upon determining the lowest livable wage, while others stay fixed. 

If you want to learn more about minimum wage by country, please refer to the data in the charts. 

Minimum Wage by Country

Albania

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$499

#39 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.87%

#89 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$6,110

#82 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$6,494

#88 in the World

Armenia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$408

#44 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

1.08%

#78 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$4,560

#94 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$4,670

#102 in the World

Australia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$2,060

#2 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.5%

#91 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$56,760

#11 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$59,934

#12 in the World

Azerbaijan

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$503

#38 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$4,880

#90 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$5,384

#93 in the World

Belgium

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,927

#5 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.08%

#93 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$50,510

#17 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$51,768

#17 in the World

Bhutan

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$215

#46 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.66%

#94 in the World

Brazil

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$427

#41 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

4.61%

#59 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$7,720

#72 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$7,519

#80 in the World

Bulgaria

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$764

#32 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.79%

#96 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$10,720

#57 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$11,635

#62 in the World

Canada

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,593

#10 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.25%

#97 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$48,310

#19 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$52,051

#16 in the World

Colombia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$577

#34 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

4.94%

#60 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$6,160

#80 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$6,131

#89 in the World

Croatia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,059

#23 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.44%

#99 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$17,150

#42 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$17,399

#48 in the World

Cyprus

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,325

#14 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.02%

#100 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$28,130

#29 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$30,798

#31 in the World

Czech Republic

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$996

#24 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.01%

#101 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$24,070

#32 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$26,378

#36 in the World

Estonia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$954

#26 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.23%

#104 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$25,970

#31 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$27,281

#35 in the World

France

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,843

#6 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.02%

#107 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$43,880

#22 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$43,519

#24 in the World

Georgia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$20

#50 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

3.78%

#68 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$4,740

#93 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$5,042

#97 in the World

Germany

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,948

#4 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$51,040

#16 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$50,802

#19 in the World

Greece

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,207

#17 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.14%

#108 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$20,140

#37 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$20,277

#44 in the World

Hungary

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$972

#25 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.21%

#109 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$17,740

#41 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$18,773

#45 in the World

Ireland

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,713

#9 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.24%

#111 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$74,520

#4 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$99,152

#3 in the World

Japan

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,263

#15 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.73%

#113 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$42,620

#23 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$39,285

#26 in the World

Kazakhstan

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$301

#45 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.01%

#115 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$8,720

#65 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$10,041

#65 in the World

Kyrgyzstan

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$93

#49 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.56%

#116 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$1,180

#144 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$1,276

#149 in the World

Latvia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$767

#31 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.34%

#117 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$19,370

#39 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$20,642

#43 in the World

Lithuania

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,201

#19 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.9%

#118 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$21,610

#35 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$23,433

#40 in the World

Luxembourg

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$2,151

#1 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.28%

#119 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$135,683

#1 in the World

Malta

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,204

#18 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.1%

#121 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$30,560

#26 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$33,257

#29 in the World

Moldova

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$148

#48 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.02%

#123 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$5,460

#85 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$5,315

#94 in the World

Mongolia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$427

#42 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.24%

#124 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$3,760

#105 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$4,535

#104 in the World

Montenegro

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$801

#30 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

2.19%

#73 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$9,300

#64 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$9,367

#71 in the World

Netherlands

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,970

#3 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.1%

#127 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$56,370

#12 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$58,061

#13 in the World

People's Republic of China

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$521

#37 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.2%

#131 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$11,890

#53 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$12,556

#58 in the World

Peru

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$492

#40 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

2.19%

#74 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$6,520

#78 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$6,692

#87 in the World

Philippines

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$572

#35 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

3.81%

#70 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$3,640

#108 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$3,549

#117 in the World

Poland

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,346

#13 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$16,670

#44 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$17,841

#47 in the World

Portugal

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,137

#22 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.27%

#132 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$23,730

#33 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$24,262

#37 in the World

Republic of Macedonia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$928

#27 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

3.32%

#71 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$6,130

#81 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$6,721

#86 in the World

Romania

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,142

#21 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

2%

#75 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$14,170

#49 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$14,862

#55 in the World

Russia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$411

#43 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.03%

#133 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$11,600

#54 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$12,173

#61 in the World

Serbia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$816

#29 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.04%

#134 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$8,440

#66 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$9,215

#72 in the World

Slovakia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$897

#28 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.17%

#136 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$20,250

#36 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$21,088

#42 in the World

Slovenia

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,484

#12 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$28,240

#28 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$29,201

#33 in the World

South Korea

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,827

#8 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.23%

#137 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$34,980

#25 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$34,758

#28 in the World

Spain

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,584

#11 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.88%

#138 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$29,740

#27 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$30,116

#32 in the World

Sri Lanka

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$212

#47 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.57%

#139 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$3,820

#104 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$3,815

#113 in the World

Turkey

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,173

#20 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.36%

#145 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$9,830

#59 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$9,587

#68 in the World

Ukraine

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$579

#33 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$4,120

#102 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$4,836

#100 in the World

United Kingdom

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,842

#7 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

0.3%

#146 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$45,380

#20 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$47,334

#22 in the World

United States of America

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$1,257

#16 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

1%

#87 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$70,430

#5 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$69,288

#7 in the World

Vietnam

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MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$544

#36 in the World

EXTREME POVERTY RATEhelp

1.35%

#88 in the World

GNI PER CAPITAhelp

$3,560

#110 in the World

GDP PER CAPITAhelp

$3,694

#115 in the World