There is a rumour  going around the world that wages in Norway are high.  They are.  Below is a presentation from government statistics as well as information from private people about how much certain jobs pay in Norway.  I have focused on the main jobs that people look at when wanting to immigrate to Norway.

WARNING: Subject material is likely to make you drool.  Keep in mind that even though wages are high in Norway, so is the cost of living.  You pay around 30% tax, spend 27% on rental housing and pay NOK250 or US$45 for one large take-way pizza.  A family of four can struggle to live off one parents average wage in Norway.  Hence, both parents find a need to work in Norway.

The Value of Norwegian Money: All currencies below are in Norwegian Crowns.  You can’t just divide Norwegian Crowns to your countries equivalent by the exchange rate as it doesn’t consider ‘value’ or purchasing power.  Working with ‘value’ is what gives a more accurate idea of money-worth.  For example, if your currency exchange rate is around 5-5.5 to Norwegian Crowns, I’d say it is safe to divide by 10 (rather than 5 or 5.5) to get a better idea of the ‘value’.  Being an Australian, I have used this method while in Norway for the past five years and it has served me well.  A common indicator of value, or purchasing power, is the Big Mac Index.  It would be wise to use this to balance out the high value of Norwegian Crowns when comparing to your own countries currency.  About the rest – drool away!

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Gross Annual Salaries in Europe As demonstrated in the chart below from Statistics Norway, Norway is the highest gross annual salary earner (per capita) in the private sector in all of Europe (2005).  However, Norway does have very high taxes and the largest percentage of public sector workers in the world.

Wage comparisons of men and women

As you can see in the chart below from Statistics Norway, Norway still has a way to go with wage equality.  However, it is a major plus that wage rises surpass the price rises.

Quick Facts


Another interesting fact is that from 2004 to 2008 a labour cost survey from the Statistics Norway showed that there has been a 26% increase in the private sector.  That is an annual increase of 5.9% per year.  (Labour costs include both the direct and indirect cost of employees. The direct costs are wages and salaries in cash, while indirect costs include employers’ social security contribution, pension plans and insurance, payments in kind and on-the-job training as well as other miscellaneous costs.)  For example: Oil and gas extraction and mining along with financial intermediation and insurance have the highest labour costs with respectively NOK 1 075 000 and NOK 853 000 per full-time employee. This corresponds to an increase of respectively 33 and 35 per cent since 2004.  You can view more job sectors here: http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/05/arbkost_en/tab-2010-02-17-01-en.html Also, on average, workers in 2010 had a yearly wage increase of 4.5%. (Which is something to consider when looking at the wage earnings below from other years.)

GENERAL PAY AND WAGES:

Below I have gathered information from Statistics Norway (the National Statistics bureau), Jobbfeber (A youth careers advisory website), Studenttorget (a student portal) and Barn i magen (a website and forum specifically for pregnant women) to give you an all-round view of pay and wages in Norway.  This is not our own information.

MEDICAL:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Monthly earnings for full-time employees in private hospitals were NOK 37 300 as per 1 October 2010.  Full-time employees in private child welfare institutions had average monthly earnings of NOK 27 000, while employees in vocational rehabilitation activities had average monthly earnings of NOK 31 300.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Doctors – the average salary for doctors NOK 57,300 per month., Or 687,600 per year. (in 2007). Hospital doctors averaged 678,036  (2007).  Doctors in nursing homes: 488,832 (2007). A private practitioner or specialist’s pay is often higher.

Nurses (Hospital, Nursing Home, or other) -  As a registered nurse working in hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, the municipal health centers, in home care, occupational health service or by private institutions, the minimum wage rates in 2008 were: nurse: 0 years: 301,300; 4 years: 304,800, 8 years: 313,000 . For specialist nurses: 0 years: 320,300; 4 years: 324,100; 8 years: 327,400 . You also get a supplement for inconvenient working hours (shifts), and many have special agreements. Many can thus earn more on an annual basis. According to Statistics Norway, the average salary for a nurse includes all additional 32,200 per month, or 386,400 per year. (Oct 2007)

Dentists - A newly qualified dentist employed in the public sector can earn about 350,000 a year, but there are also counties that offer more. The income level in private practice depends on many factors such as working hours, access to patients and expense levels, but dentists in private practice often earn between 500,000 .- and a million. According to Statistics Norway, the average income of a municipal employee dentist in 2006 for 438,000.

Vets – Income for veterinarians in general, is considered reasonably good. A permanent employee veterinarian has approx. 300-350000 in the starting salary (2006), and rises quickly when you have worked for a few years. As a practicing veterinarian, self-employed income will largely depend on the efforts and access to work.

Laboratory Technicians – Starting salary is dependent on education and how long you have worked. Average Salaries in the industry is about 325,000 a year. With bachelor’s degree you can earn from 380 to 440,000.

Pharmacists – Average wages (2006) according to Statistics Norway: Training pharmacists with 5 years education: 350,000. First job: 485,000 Pharmacist (staff) 639,000.

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

State hospitalPhysician 657,768; Psychologist 385,836; Nurse 345,048; Bioengineering 315,552; Physiotherapist 306,516; Social Nurse 328,968; Social Worker 322,272; Child Welfare 317,100; Secretary 260,460; Anesthesiologist 276,768; Medical secretary 257,440; Cleaning Assistant 247,920 .-

From Barn i magen Website: Doctors –  In 2006, an intern says he earns 380-390,000; in 2007, an anesthetist says he earns 1.5 mil; in 2009, a resident doctor says he earns 650,000.

Nurses – In 2006, a newly educated nurse in a temp position says she earnt about 300,000.  In 2007, a 100% position nurse working for six years says she earnt 300,00 including extras; a newly educated nurse says she earnt 278,500; an intensive care unit nurse earnt 316,00 plus bonuses adding up to 350,000; a nurse has a basic wage of 280,000 but with additions, 360,000; a nurse says she has a basic wage of 322,000; a nurse with maximum payscale earns 320,000 as a base; a nurse with six years experience is earning 400,000.  In 2008, a newly educated nurse says she is earning 281,500 plus extras.  In 2009, a nurse make 345,000 plus evening/weekend extras which makes up about 50,000 extra.  In 2010, a nurse in a 100% position earns 320,000 plus extras; a newly educated nurse grosses 450,000.

Dentists/Technicians – In 2007, a public sector dentist earned 420,000 basic and about 500,000 with bonuses; a dental assistant earned 250,000 including 10 hours overtime each week.  In 2008, a dental secretary in the private sector earnt 280,000.

Vets – In 2009, a vet works nights, weekends, 17 May and Christmas Eve (a 150% position) and only gets about 350,000.  In 2010, a vet makes 370-380,000.

Pharmacists – In 2007, a pharmacist in the public sector earned close to 400,000 in their basic wage and 110-150,000 in overtime; a pharmacist earnt 350,000, a molecularbiologist working as a consultant in the pharacutical industry earnt 410,000 plus car, mobile phone and pension – no overtime.  In 2008, a pharmacist working for two years earnt 285,000; a pharmacist that manages a pharmacy earnt about 700,000.

EDUCATION:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Teacher/Municiple workers – Monthly earnings for full-time employed women were NOK 34 500, while the corresponding earnings for men were NOK 37 000.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Lecturers – As of 2006 salary starts at 326,000. Top Salary 386 700. Average salary in 2006 according to Statistics Norway NOK 391,000.

Teachers – average salary for a teacher in primary school is about 350,000 (2006).  Starting salaries are lower and top salary (after a long tenure) are slightly higher. In Oslo schools teacher salaries start from 338 100 and go up to 414 096 (2010). Secondary school teacher starting salary is 354 492 and goes up to 429 000.  The average salary for a teacher according to Statistics Norway is approx. 396 000 (2010) and 413 800 for seconday school teachers.

Child Care Assistants – Salary level is from 230,200 to 267,300 (2006). Less if you are unskilled.

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

Employees in schools – Principal 457,000; Subject Leader 427,000; Teachers 340,000; Adjunct 355,000; Adjunct to Promotion 370,000; Lecturers 405,000

From Barn i magen Website:

Teachers – In 2006, a teacher after working for two and a half years got 310,000; a newly educated teacher in a one year temp job earnt 295,500.  In 2007, a preschool teacher started on 258,000, and after one year got 303,500; a teacher earnt 295,000; a teacher with a diploma working as an after school coordinator earnt 306,000; a teacher without education in a 65% position earnt 160,000.  In 2009, a primary school teacher earnt 350,000.  In 2010, a teacher still in education earnt 270,000.

Lecturers - In 2009, a lecturer in a middle school with contact teacher bonus earnt 409,000

Childcare/Assistants - In 2007, an assistant earnt 100,000 in a 60% position; an assistant working two years earnt 247,000; an assistant that worked 7 years earnt 225,000.  In 2008, an assistant in the public sector earnt 217,000; an educational leader in a private kindergarten worked 7 years and earnt 314,000; a kindergarten manager worked 10 years and earnt 356,000.  In 2008, a childcare work with a diploma earnt 243,000.

TRADE:

Information on this range of employment has not been released by Statistics Norway as yet.

Hairdressers – Salaries are estimated about 250 – 300 000 per year. In addition, to commissions.

Painters – In 2007, the average salary for a painter is estimated at 325 000.

Car Mechanics – When it comes to skilled workers in mechanical engineering, it is difficult to give a concrete picture of the exact income. Wages are quite individual and can be from about 130 per hours or 230/250. This equals approx. 250 to 400 000 per year. Income will vary depending on position, industry, enterprise / workshop size, location and supply and demand etc.

Bus Drivers – Including overtime, bus drivers can earn about the same as a teacher, 342,000 per year (2010).  In 2008, a new agreement was signed that will raise the status and competence of drivers, and this will raise the overall wage salary. By 2013, all drivers will have this tariff.

Taxi Drivers – Taxi drivers are usually paid a percentage of run-in amounts. The salary varies greatly and depends on the workload, and driver skill, etc, but you can count on about 250 350 000 per year for a normal working day, more if you work evening / night and weekends. The collective agreement between the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Federation and the Norwegian Taxi Association has set minimum rates of pay rate. Taxi fares are higher at inconvenient hours and holidays. With a fixed percentage, compensation increases the driver’s per capita income.

Bakers – Depending on the workplace and how long you have worked a basic is from 250 000 to 350 000. Many also start their own bakery, and then pay depends on how much you sell.

Electricians – A primary worker can make​in 2010 about 172.64 per hour. This corresponds to 314,204 per year. The average salary is from Statistics Norway is 358,944 in 2008, but this can vary greatly from workplace to workplace.

Fishmongers – As an apprentice you will receive pay during your apprenticeship, both first year (year of training) and second year (value added per year). The salary will rise gradually. It is based on current tariffs in the workplace, but the pay can vary from workplace to workplace. The fishery industry has a good salary compared to other industries.  Estimated the wage after a few years range from 260 to 330 000.

Carpenters – In 2005 the average monthly earnings for a full-time carpenter is 23 949 per month or a salary of 287 300. Surcharge for overtime, inconvenient hours and the like are not included.

Cleaners -  The salary varies depending on whether you are working privately or in the community, but  in the municipality about 130 NOK per hour, ie 25,350 per month. And thats 253,500 per year. In the state employment it depends on how you have worked, ie from 250,800 as a starting salary to 287,600 per year. There are some additionals on top of this, approximately 6-10,000 crowns. The private sector may pay be higher. In the offshore oil industry it is often about 500,000. (Oil Company Employees – cleaning workers in 2007 had a compensation of 625,000 on average). Cleaners in cleaning agencies in 2007 had an average income of 270,000.

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

Building and constructionManagers 486,456; Concrete work 329,148; Shuttering Carpenter 347,664; Carpentry 300,264; Plumbing 323,952; Templates 297,144; Electrician 302,676; Help Work 270,768

Fish farmingManager 490,572; Fish farmer / cultivator 305,760

Forestry 397,284; Graphic industry 427,992; Metals 487,212; Construction 487,212; Petroleum activities 608,436

From Barn i magen Website:

Hairdressers – In 2009, a hairdresser earnt 232,000.  In 2011, a hairdresser earnt 325,000.

HOSPITALITY/RETAIL:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Hotels and Restaurants - Full-time employees in hotels and restaurants had average monthly earnings, excluding overtime pay, of NOK 29 000 as per 1 October 2010.  The hotel and restaurant industry is dominated by employees in sales and service occupations. This includes cooks, waiters, head waiters and barkeepers. Average monthly earnings for chefs were NOK 28 500.  Full-time employees in occupations with no requirements for education had an average monthly salary of NOK 27 200. This group includes among others, cleaners, maids and kitchen assistants.

Retail – Full-time employees in wholesale and retail trade had average monthly earnings, excluding overtime pay, of NOK 35 100 at 1 September 2010.  For full-time employees in retail the average monthly earnings were NOK 30 500.  Sales workers is the biggest occupational group in retail, with monthly earnings of NOK 25 600.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Shop Assistants – The average wage is in 2006 is about 250 to 280,000 per year. Management positions are about 349,000.

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

Sales and service occupations - Receptionists 286,308; Switchboard Operator 282,108; Custodian 332,628; Store Employee 284,076; Seller (wholesale) 322,752

Hotel and restaurant industry - Head of 394,608; Chef 257,784; Waiter 253,032

From Barn i magen Website:

Waiters – In 2007, a head waiter with no education earnt 300,000 plus bonuses.

Receptionists – In 2007, a receptionist on a ferry worked for 9 years earnt 390,000 plus union labour.

Chef - In 2007, an educated chef in a 60% position earnt 180,000; a head chef at an office canteen earnt 260,000; a head chef at a restaurant earnt 360,000.  In 2008, a chef earnt 300,000 a year.

Retail – In 2006, a grocery store manager earnt 405,000, a shop assistant at a sporting goods store earnt 260,000; a shop manager earnt 420,000 in salary and 40,000 in bonuses.  In 2007, a shop manager earnt 330,000; a worker at a clothing store earnt 200,000 in an 80% position; a manager at a clothing store earnt 260,000; a grocery store manager for 14 years earnt 460,000 plus bonuses anywhere 10-100,000 a year depending on performance; a shop assistant earnt 300,000.  In 2009, an operations manager earnt 320,000 plus overtime.

ENERGY/MINERAL INDUSTRIES:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Full-time employees in the oil and gas extraction industry had average monthly earnings of NOK 59 700 as per 1 October 2010.  The largest occupational group in the oil sector consists of drill floor crew, process technicians and other operators, who had average monthly earnings of NOK 51 400.  Engineers and technicians or employees with a college degree had average monthly earnings of NOK 56 700.  The monthly earnings excluding overtime for full-time employees in the mining sector amounted to NOK 37 400. Approximately half of all the full-time employees in the sector are operators and drivers. This occupation had an average monthly wage of NOK 33 500.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Geologists - It depends on what work and how long you have worked, but geologists get a generally good salary. As a researcher, or employed by private companies (eg, oil industry) you can earn from 380 – to 500,000, and more. If you are working with education, from 394,000 (Assistant Professor) to 513,000 .- (Professor).

Barn i magen Website:

Engineers – In 2006, a civil engineer earnt 440,000, a civil engineer earnt 425,000.  In 2007, a civil engineer earnt 425,000; a civil engineer in the oil industry with 10 years experience and in middle management earnt 720,000 plus bonuses, a civil engineer in the oil industry earnt 540,000 plus bonuses.  In 2010, a civil engineer and manager earnt 800,000.

Geologist – In 2008, a geologist in an oil company earnt 700,000 depending on travels and overtime.

Technicians – In 2009, a technical assistant with no education earnt 335,000.  In 2010, a process technician earnt 510,000 plus bonuses.

Management – In 2010, an uneducated coordinator 21 years old in an oil company earnt  385,000 plus bonuses (and very lucky); a staff consultant in an oil company earnt 430,000.

OFFICE/ADMINISTRATION:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Government Administration – The central administration consists of public administration, the foreign service, and the National Insurance Office. Average earnings for employees in the central administration as a whole were NOK 38 600.

Information and Communication – Full-time employees in information and communication had average monthly earnings, excluding overtime pay, of NOK 47 000 as per 1 October 2010.  The highest earnings are found in the ICT services, at NOK 50 000. Employees in radio and television had monthly earnings of NOK 40 300, and employees in publishing industries had monthly earnings of NOK 44 500.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Financial Consultants - Salaries are dependent on where you work, what firm and how many years you have worked. Those who follow the state’s wage scales pay from 301,700 to 365,200 .- per year (2006)

ICT Workers/Consultants – In companies where employees are organized, have collective agreements with provisions on salary placement, one can expect a starting salary of about 250 – 300 000.  The average salary is between 320 to 350 000.

Marketing Consultant – A marketing consultant can expect to earn from 330 to 400,000 – and up, depending on where you work and what you are working with.

Translators – There is great variation in how interpreters are paid in Norway, depending on the interpreter’s qualifications, type of work and interpret the situation. Conference Interpreters are usually the highest-paid interpreters. Among interpreters who take assignments in the public sector, it is usually legal and police interpreters who achieves the highest wages. The rates for other types of assignments in the public sector can vary from one region or municipality to another. An estimated salary: Police and court interpreter: 400-450 kroner per hour, down to 150 for assignments submitted through an interpreting company. Permanent staff interpreters usually start at pay grade 22, which is 239,800 per year in base salary (2007), but the more education you have, the higher the salary.

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

Banking and insuranceAverage Salary (not managers) 382,000

Manager OccupationsConstruction 543,360; Transportation and communication 510,000; Finance, finance 656,544; Personnel Director 609,984; Director of Sales 579,324; Information Manager 637,236; Purchasing 534,672; IT Director 618,996; Research Director, 655,128; M.Sc. 582,936; Systems Developer / Programmers 503,892; Personnel Consultants 431,592; Market analysts 550,080; Social and civilian economists 498,504

Occupations with the bachelor / university educationEngineering bachelor 458,112; Security Inspector 430,644; Travel Consultants 325,500; Tech. sales representative 424,272; Purchaser 402,264; Marketing / advertising consultant 391,548; Chief functionary 419,376; Auditor (not State Authorized) 433,116; Information Worker 404,040; Secretaries 330,216; Office Employee 310,200; Economy Employee 340,092; Materials Manager 327,600; Logistician 381,696; Transportation Employees 340,188; Scholar: 311,000; Lecturer: 394,000; Associate 419,000; Professor: 513,000; Researcher: From 368 to 480,000; Research director: 529,000; University Librarian 383,000; Institute Leader 612,000; State Meteorologist 383,000; Head of Office 401,000; Vice President, 602,000; Chief Engineer 480,000; State Archivist 454,000; Dep. Archivist 458,000; College Teacher 359,000; HR Manager 414,000

From Barn i magen Website:

Administration - In 2007, a marketing secretary earnt 425,000 plus benefits.  In 2009, a public sector consultant earnt 450,000; a secretary earnt 310,000 plus overtime.

ICT – In 2007, an IT consultant earnt 700,000; an It consultant earnt 500,000.  In 2008, a computer engineer with a masters working as a training manager earnt 350,000; an IT consultant earnt 380,000 (she says if she lived in Olso she would make 480,000).  In 2009, an IT manager earnt 440,000; a computer technician in the telecom industry earnt 620,000.   In 2010, an IT consultant earnt 500,000 plus bonuses.  In 2011, a computer engineer earnt 500,000.

CULTURE:

General from Statistics Norway 2010:

Arts and entertainment – Average monthly earnings were NOK 34 900. Academic professions are heavily represented within this industry, and include among others musicians, actors, dancers and directors. The average monthly earnings for this group were NOK 36 400 in 2010.

Libraries and Museums - Academic professions, which includes archivists and curators, had a monthly salary of NOK 35 600, while technical and associate professionals received NOK 32 900 as of 1 October 2010.

Sports, recreation and leisure – Average monthly earnings for employees in sports, recreation and leisure were NOK 34 500 as per October 2010.  For technical and associate professionals the average monthly earnings were NOK 36 100.

Specific from Jobbfeber (note: wages have increased about 4% annually since 2006)

Actor – A starting salary of 310,000 and up to 400,000 with employment in the highest establishments in Norwegian theaters in 2008.  However, many actors have extra income from other projects in film, television, entertainment, etc.

Librarian – As an employee of the municipality yearly earns are approx. 280000-310000 .- depending on qualifications and responsibilities (2006).

From Studenttorget – figures apply to 2005 so add 15-30% for 2011:

Press - Editor trade press from 400 to 450,000; Journalist trade press from 250 to 350,000 – otherwise varies from Moss Dagblad 323,663, to Agderposten 434,653, Dagbladet 548,735, TV2 605,000

CONCLUSION

As you can see there can be great differences in wages according to where you live, education and luck.  If you would like to know more information about wages and job statistics please use the links below (and google translate).

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References:

http://www.ssb.no/, http://jobbfeber.no/, http://barnimagen.com/forum/thread/6434761/, Http://www.studenttorget.no/

http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/05/, http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/05/arbkost_en/tab-2010-02-17-01-en.html, http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/06/05/lonnansatt_en/tab-2011-03-31-01-en.html