Median Income by Country 2022

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Median income is a metric used to identify the midpoint of a given nation’s income distribution. Half of a country’s residents earn an income that is higher than the median, while the other half earn an income that falls below the median. Because median is slightly different from an average, or mean, it is also slightly more insulated against extreme "outlier" values that could throw off the accuracy of a statistic. For example, consider the following sample group of people and their incomes:

Mike - $30,000 Ahmed - $40,000 Stephanie - $50,000 Midori - $40,000 Contessa - $25,000 Gary - $55,000 Jordan - $1,000,000

Thanks to Jordan's unusually high salary, the average, or mean, of all these incomes is $177,142, which is wildly inaccurate for all seven people listed. However, the median (also called "typical") income is $40,000, which is fairly accurate for everyone but Jordan.

World Bank tracks a number of income- and poverty-related metrics, including GDP per capita, GNI per capita, GINI coefficient per country, and median income. As of March 2021, the 10 countries with the highest median incomes ranked are below. Note that these amounts are in current "international dollars", which is a theoretical dollar often used in country-to-country comparisons. International dollars are not equivalent to U.S. dollars, or euros, or any other real-world currency.

10 Countries with the Highest Median Income, March 2021 (PPP, Current Int$):

  1. Luxembourg - 26,321
  2. United Arab Emirates - 24,292
  3. Norway - 22,684
  4. Switzerland - 21,490
  5. United States - 19,306
  6. Canada - 18,652
  7. Austria - 18,405
  8. Sweden - 17,625
  9. Denmark - 17,432
  10. Netherlands - 17,154

10 Countries with the Lowest Median Income, March 2021 (PPP, Current Int$):

  1. Congo, Democratic Republic of - 395
  2. Madagascar - 398
  3. Burundi - 475
  4. Malawi - 484
  5. Guinea-Bissau - 486
  6. Central African Republic - 491
  7. Mozambique - 529
  8. Zambia - 545
  9. Uzbekistan - 591
  10. Rwanda - 621

According to 2013 data from Gallup, the median household income worldwide was $9,733 (PPP, Current Int$). Countries with the lowest median income included Libera, Burundi, Mali, Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, and Madagascar. This data was based on self-reported data that was gathered between 2006 and 2012. For the full list of countries and their median incomes in (PPP, Current Int$), see the table below.

Median Income by Country 2022

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Median Income by Country 2022

Country Median Income Mean Income GDP Per Capita (PPP) 2022 Population
Luxembourg$26,321$31,376$124,590642,371
United Arab Emirates$24,292$27,017$70,08910,081,785
Norway$22,684$25,272$70,0055,511,370
Switzerland$21,490$25,787$72,3768,773,637
United States$19,306$25,332$65,297334,805,269
Canada$18,652$22,042$51,66838,388,419
Austria$18,405$20,718$60,4189,066,710
Sweden$17,625$20,193$56,63210,218,971
Denmark$17,432$20,304$62,0895,834,950
Netherlands$17,154$19,690$61,28517,211,447
Australia$17,076$21,329$53,38126,068,792
Iceland$17,017$19,300$60,132345,393
Germany$16,845$19,730$57,53083,883,596
France$16,372$19,409$50,99265,584,518
Finland$16,332$18,742$53,1715,554,960
Belgium$16,157$17,917$56,34811,668,278
United Kingdom$14,793$18,133$49,93168,497,907
Malta$14,543$16,509$47,578444,033
Ireland$14,520$17,938$89,6835,020,199
Japan$14,255$17,095$43,593125,584,838
Taiwan$13,605$16,355$23,888,595
Italy$13,170$15,547$45,72260,262,770
Cyprus$13,053$15,663$41,2541,223,387
South Korea$12,507$14,316$44,01151,329,899
Slovenia$11,878$13,056$42,4312,078,034
Spain$11,786$13,822$43,49546,719,142
Israel$10,866$13,271$42,8978,922,892
Estonia$10,651$12,540$39,9861,321,910
Czech Republic$10,046$11,394$44,29510,736,784
Poland$8,885$10,155$35,16537,739,785
Portugal$8,439$10,316$37,91810,140,570
Lithuania$8,267$10,479$40,0162,661,708
Slovakia$7,991$8,408$33,5155,460,193
Latvia$7,971$9,727$33,0201,848,837
Lebanon$7,712$9,091$15,1956,684,849
Hungary$7,684$8,613$34,9669,606,259
Uruguay$7,533$9,888$22,5153,496,016
Malaysia$7,512$10,200$29,61933,181,072
Croatia$7,196$8,008$31,1304,059,286
Greece$6,936$8,131$32,50610,316,637
Belarus$6,507$7,359$19,9979,432,800
Chile$6,293$9,304$27,00219,250,195
Panama$6,254$9,453$32,8504,446,964
Bosnia And Herzegovina$5,925$7,131$16,2883,249,317
Bulgaria$5,696$7,474$25,3126,844,597
Russia$5,504$7,275$29,181145,805,947
Costa Rica$5,457$8,440$21,7375,182,354
Maldives$5,409$6,435$20,395540,985
Argentina$5,319$6,935$46,010,234
Seychelles$5,314$8,044$30,51699,426
Turkey$5,251$7,267$28,13385,561,976
Romania$5,206$5,949$33,33919,031,335
Brazil$4,559$7,654$15,299215,353,593
Saint Lucia$4,519$6,946$16,132185,113
Ukraine$4,434$5,010$13,34143,192,122
Serbia$4,416$5,252$19,4958,653,016
Iran$4,360$5,924$12,93786,022,837
Thailand$4,356$5,670$19,27670,078,203
Paraguay$4,334$6,373$13,2467,305,843
Montenegro$4,193$5,123$24,035627,950
Dominican Republic$4,060$5,873$19,22711,056,370
North Macedonia$3,857$4,279$18,1072,081,304
Mauritius$3,832$4,969$23,8821,274,727
Peru$3,678$4,977$13,41633,684,208
Kazakhstan$3,661$4,313$27,51719,205,043
Bolivia$3,631$4,787$9,11011,992,656
Ecuador$3,525$5,046$11,87818,113,361
Tunisia$3,366$4,076$11,23112,046,656
Mexico$3,315$4,929$20,944131,562,772
Colombia$3,259$5,201$16,01251,512,762
Azerbaijan$3,193$3,851$15,04110,300,205
Jordan$3,185$4,025$10,51710,300,869
Vietnam$3,149$3,881$8,39798,953,541
Moldova$3,133$3,590$13,6264,013,171
El Salvador$3,095$3,989$9,1646,550,389
Jamaica$2,899$4,429$10,1932,985,094
Trinidad And Tobago$2,868$3,711$27,3341,406,585
Mongolia$2,800$3,409$12,8613,378,078
Tonga$2,782$3,677$6,665107,749
Gabon$2,779$3,544$15,6112,331,533
Morocco$2,716$3,721$7,82637,772,756
Venezuela$2,710$3,741$17,52729,266,991
Nicaragua$2,697$3,913$5,6466,779,100
Algeria$2,612$2,996$12,01945,350,148
Albania$2,578$3,141$14,6482,866,374
Samoa$2,537$3,418$6,795202,239
Fiji$2,460$3,261$14,289909,466
Bhutan$2,446$3,189$12,355787,941
Sri Lanka$2,277$3,162$13,65621,575,842
Georgia$2,273$2,814$15,6553,968,738
Armenia$2,216$2,810$14,2572,971,966
Tuvalu$2,099$2,802$4,47012,066
Guatemala$2,036$3,103$9,01918,584,039
Guyana$2,003$2,729$13,661794,045
Syria$1,996$2,606$19,364,809
Tajikistan$1,994$2,437$3,5299,957,464
Namibia$1,962$4,023$10,0632,633,874
Honduras$1,959$3,109$5,98110,221,247
Iraq$1,951$2,293$11,36242,164,965
Belize$1,927$3,246$7,314412,190
Myanmar$1,909$2,296$5,36955,227,143
Kyrgyzstan$1,892$2,235$5,4856,728,271
Ghana$1,779$2,422$5,65232,395,450
Mauritania$1,760$2,094$5,4274,901,981
Suriname$1,659$2,593$17,256596,831
South Africa$1,624$4,081$13,03460,756,135
Botswana$1,596$2,907$18,5522,441,162
Philippines$1,581$2,199$9,302112,508,994
Kiribati$1,489$1,858$2,372123,419
Egypt$1,485$1,847$106,156,692
Micronesia$1,413$1,858$3,547117,489
Djibouti$1,403$1,869$5,7791,016,097
Comoros$1,401$2,050$3,194907,419
Pakistan$1,399$1,797$4,898229,488,994
Gambia$1,383$1,784$2,3212,558,482
Vanuatu$1,379$1,781$3,292321,832
Sudan$1,277$1,592$4,12245,992,020
Cameroon$1,245$1,841$3,80327,911,548
Haiti$1,162$1,540$3,03411,680,283
Lesotho$1,157$1,659$2,8242,175,699
Nepal$1,155$1,428$3,56730,225,582
Yemen$1,150$1,503$3,68831,154,867
Bangladesh$1,131$1,414$4,964167,885,689
Eswatini$1,097$2,091$9,0031,184,817
Laos$1,065$1,389$8,1727,481,023
Solomon Islands$1,028$1,333$2,780721,159
Ivory Coast$987$1,358$5,44327,742,298
Timor Leste$970$1,147$3,7091,369,429
Zimbabwe$932$1,429$2,96115,331,428
Ethiopia$907$1,107$2,319120,812,698
Sao Tome And Principe$901$1,620$4,145227,679
Republic of the Congo$892$1,375$3,8355,797,805
Chad$880$1,182$1,64917,413,580
Papua New Guinea$876$1,162$4,5479,292,169
Kenya$874$1,197$4,52156,215,221
Senegal$844$1,137$3,54517,653,671
Guinea$843$1,036$2,67513,865,691
Nigeria$825$1,021$5,362216,746,934
Uganda$804$1,166$2,28448,432,863
South Sudan$793$1,121$1,23411,618,511
Sierra Leone$765$1,004$1,7948,306,436
Liberia$753$945$1,4915,305,117
Burkina Faso$748$1,002$2,27422,102,838
Niger$738$937$1,27826,083,660
Turkmenistan$706$963$15,2066,201,943
Tanzania$702$992$2,77063,298,550
Benin$699$989$3,43212,784,726
Mali$689$861$2,42421,473,764
Togo$683$964$1,6678,680,837
Angola$665$1,066$6,96535,027,343
Rwanda$621$925$2,32513,600,464
Uzbekistan$591$752$7,30834,382,084
Zambia$545$1,045$3,62419,470,234
Mozambique$529$947$1,33833,089,461
Central African Republic$491$891$9865,016,678
Guinea Bissau$486$797$2,0772,063,367
Malawi$484$733$1,10620,180,839
Burundi$475$640$78412,624,840
Madagascar$398$567$1,71929,178,077
DR Congo$395$548$1,14695,240,792
China$$4,246$16,8291,448,471,400
India$$1,314$6,9961,406,631,776

Median Income by Country 2022

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