Median Income By Country 2021

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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 as follows:

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

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.

As for the other end of that list ...

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 2021

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Median Income By Country 2021

Country Median Income Mean Income GDP Per Capita (PPP) 2021 Population
Luxembourg$26,321$31,376$124,590634,814
United Arab Emirates$24,292$27,017$70,0899,991,089
Norway$22,684$25,272$70,0055,465,630
Switzerland$21,490$25,787$72,3768,715,494
United States$19,306$25,332$65,297332,915,073
Canada$18,652$22,042$51,66838,067,903
Austria$18,405$20,718$60,4189,043,070
Sweden$17,625$20,193$56,63210,160,169
Denmark$17,432$20,304$62,0895,813,298
Netherlands$17,154$19,690$61,28517,173,099
Australia$17,076$21,329$53,38125,788,215
Iceland$17,017$19,300$60,132343,353
Germany$16,845$19,730$57,53083,900,473
France$16,372$19,409$50,99265,426,179
Finland$16,332$18,742$53,1715,548,360
Belgium$16,157$17,917$56,34811,632,326
United Kingdom$14,793$18,133$49,93168,207,116
Malta$14,543$16,509$47,578442,784
Ireland$14,520$17,938$89,6834,982,907
Japan$14,255$17,095$43,593126,050,804
Taiwan$13,605$16,355$23,855,010
Italy$13,170$15,547$45,72260,367,477
Cyprus$13,053$15,663$41,2541,215,584
South Korea$12,507$14,316$44,01151,305,186
Slovenia$11,878$13,056$42,4312,078,724
Spain$11,786$13,822$43,49546,745,216
Israel$10,866$13,271$42,8978,789,774
Estonia$10,651$12,540$39,9861,325,185
Czech Republic$10,046$11,394$44,29510,724,555
Poland$8,885$10,155$35,16537,797,005
Portugal$8,439$10,316$37,91810,167,925
Lithuania$8,267$10,479$40,0162,689,862
Slovakia$7,991$8,408$33,5155,460,721
Latvia$7,971$9,727$33,0201,866,942
Lebanon$7,712$9,091$15,1956,769,146
Hungary$7,684$8,613$34,9669,634,164
Uruguay$7,533$9,888$22,5153,485,151
Malaysia$7,512$10,200$29,61932,776,194
Croatia$7,196$8,008$31,1304,081,651
Greece$6,936$8,131$32,50610,370,744
Belarus$6,507$7,359$19,9979,442,862
Chile$6,293$9,304$27,00219,212,361
Panama$6,254$9,453$32,8504,381,579
Bosnia And Herzegovina$5,925$7,131$16,2883,263,466
Bulgaria$5,696$7,474$25,3126,896,663
Russia$5,504$7,275$29,181145,912,025
Costa Rica$5,457$8,440$21,7375,139,052
Maldives$5,409$6,435$20,395543,617
Argentina$5,319$6,935$45,605,826
Seychelles$5,314$8,044$30,51698,908
Turkey$5,251$7,267$28,13385,042,738
Romania$5,206$5,949$33,33919,127,774
Brazil$4,559$7,654$15,299213,993,437
Saint Lucia$4,519$6,946$16,132184,400
Ukraine$4,434$5,010$13,34143,466,819
Serbia$4,416$5,252$19,4958,697,550
Iran$4,360$5,924$12,93785,028,759
Thailand$4,356$5,670$19,27669,950,850
Paraguay$4,334$6,373$13,2467,219,638
Montenegro$4,193$5,123$24,035628,053
Dominican Republic$4,060$5,873$19,22710,953,703
North Macedonia$3,857$4,279$18,1072,082,658
Mauritius$3,832$4,969$23,8821,273,433
Peru$3,678$4,977$13,41633,359,418
Kazakhstan$3,661$4,313$27,51718,994,962
Bolivia$3,631$4,787$9,11011,832,940
Ecuador$3,525$5,046$11,87817,888,475
Tunisia$3,366$4,076$11,23111,935,766
Mexico$3,315$4,929$20,944130,262,216
Colombia$3,259$5,201$16,01251,265,844
Azerbaijan$3,193$3,851$15,04110,223,342
Jordan$3,185$4,025$10,51710,269,021
Vietnam$3,149$3,881$8,39798,168,833
Moldova$3,133$3,590$13,6264,024,019
El Salvador$3,095$3,989$9,1646,518,499
Jamaica$2,899$4,429$10,1932,973,463
Trinidad And Tobago$2,868$3,711$27,3341,403,375
Mongolia$2,800$3,409$12,8613,329,289
Tonga$2,782$3,677$6,665106,760
Gabon$2,779$3,544$15,6112,278,825
Morocco$2,716$3,721$7,82637,344,795
Venezuela$2,710$3,741$17,52728,704,954
Nicaragua$2,697$3,913$5,6466,702,385
Algeria$2,612$2,996$12,01944,616,624
Albania$2,578$3,141$14,6482,872,933
Samoa$2,537$3,418$6,795200,149
Fiji$2,460$3,261$14,289902,906
Bhutan$2,446$3,189$12,355779,898
Sri Lanka$2,277$3,162$13,65621,497,310
Georgia$2,273$2,814$15,6553,979,765
Armenia$2,216$2,810$14,2572,968,127
Tuvalu$2,099$2,802$4,47011,931
Guatemala$2,036$3,103$9,01918,249,860
Guyana$2,003$2,729$13,661790,326
Syria$1,996$2,606$18,275,702
Tajikistan$1,994$2,437$3,5299,749,627
Namibia$1,962$4,023$10,0632,587,344
Honduras$1,959$3,109$5,98110,062,991
Iraq$1,951$2,293$11,36241,179,350
Belize$1,927$3,246$7,314404,914
Myanmar$1,909$2,296$5,36954,806,012
Kyrgyzstan$1,892$2,235$5,4856,628,356
Ghana$1,779$2,422$5,65231,732,129
Mauritania$1,760$2,094$5,4274,775,119
Suriname$1,659$2,593$17,256591,800
South Africa$1,624$4,081$13,03460,041,994
Botswana$1,596$2,907$18,5522,397,241
Philippines$1,581$2,199$9,302111,046,913
Kiribati$1,489$1,858$2,372121,392
Egypt$1,485$1,847$104,258,327
Micronesia$1,413$1,858$3,547116,254
Djibouti$1,403$1,869$5,7791,002,187
Comoros$1,401$2,050$3,194888,451
Pakistan$1,399$1,797$4,898225,199,937
Gambia$1,383$1,784$2,3212,486,945
Vanuatu$1,379$1,781$3,292314,464
Sudan$1,277$1,592$4,12244,909,353
Cameroon$1,245$1,841$3,80327,224,265
Haiti$1,162$1,540$3,03411,541,685
Lesotho$1,157$1,659$2,8242,159,079
Nepal$1,155$1,428$3,56729,674,920
Yemen$1,150$1,503$3,68830,490,640
Bangladesh$1,131$1,414$4,964166,303,498
Eswatini$1,097$2,091$9,0031,172,362
Laos$1,065$1,389$8,1727,379,358
Solomon Islands$1,028$1,333$2,780703,996
Ivory Coast$987$1,358$5,44327,053,629
Timor Leste$970$1,147$3,7091,343,873
Zimbabwe$932$1,429$2,96115,092,171
Ethiopia$907$1,107$2,319117,876,227
Sao Tome And Principe$901$1,620$4,145223,368
Republic Of The Congo$892$1,375$3,8355,657,013
Chad$880$1,182$1,64916,914,985
Papua New Guinea$876$1,162$4,5479,119,010
Kenya$874$1,197$4,52154,985,698
Senegal$844$1,137$3,54517,196,301
Guinea$843$1,036$2,67513,497,244
Nigeria$825$1,021$5,362211,400,708
Uganda$804$1,166$2,28447,123,531
South Sudan$793$1,121$1,23411,381,378
Sierra Leone$765$1,004$1,7948,141,343
Liberia$753$945$1,4915,180,203
Burkina Faso$748$1,002$2,27421,497,096
Niger$738$937$1,27825,130,817
Turkmenistan$706$963$15,2066,117,924
Tanzania$702$992$2,77061,498,437
Benin$699$989$3,43212,451,040
Mali$689$861$2,42420,855,735
Togo$683$964$1,6678,478,250
Angola$665$1,066$6,96533,933,610
Rwanda$621$925$2,32513,276,513
Uzbekistan$591$752$7,30833,935,763
Zambia$545$1,045$3,62418,920,651
Mozambique$529$947$1,33832,163,047
Central African Republic$491$891$9864,919,981
Guinea Bissau$486$797$2,0772,015,494
Malawi$484$733$1,10619,647,684
Burundi$475$640$78412,255,433
Madagascar$398$567$1,71928,427,328
Dr Congo$395$548$1,14692,377,993
China$$4,246$16,8291,444,216,107
India$$1,314$6,9961,393,409,038

Median Income By Country 2021