Wages continue to rise in Czech Republic

The upward trend in Czech salaries continued in 2017. The median wage increased by approximately 9% compared to the same period the previous year. Photo Credit: Pexels

According the latest data released by the Czech Statistical Office on 9/3/2018, the growth in nominal average wages in 2017 was 8% compared to the previous year’s average salary.

“This was the first time it went above 30,000 crowns (€ 1,183). The overall wage growth was caused by the shrinking labor market and growing salaries in the public sector,” explained Jana Steckerová of Komerční banka according to the Czech News Agency this March.

Despite the growth, “65 percent of employees make less than the average 30,000 crowns,wrote Ruth Fraňková in her article published on Radio Praha, 29/3/2018.

The median monthly wage, which divides the income distribution into two equal groups (i.e. half of all employees earn less than this amount), showed an 8.9% year-on-year increase in the fourth quarter of 2017, reaching CZK 27,320 (1,078).

Average gross wages and salaries, IV 2017, Czech Statistical Office. Release Date: March 9, 2018.

Gross average wage CZK 31 646 € 1,248
Median wage CZK 27 320 € 1,078

Average gross wages and salaries, year-on-year increase, Czech Statistical Office. Release Date: March 9, 2018.

year-on-year increase in %, 4th quarter of 2017
Nominal wages 8%
Real wages 5,3%

Women’s salaries rose more compared to men’s salaries in 2017, while people with lower education saw bigger increases than employees with university education.

The salaries of low earnings jobs increased by 13%, while the median wage of university-educated people reached CZK 40,000 (1,579.40 €) for the first time.  

The last five years have marked a significant improvement in terms of monthly wages in the Czech Republic.

According to data from Trading Economics, the growth over the past three years (Jan 2015-Jan 2018) has amounted to 6,311 crowns or 248.9 € per month.

In 2017 alone, the monthly wage increased by almost one hundred euros – the average salary in January 2018 was CZK 31,646 (€ 1,248) compared to CZK 29,346 (€ 1,158) in January 2017.

Conversion: Currency converted at XE Currency Converter on April 6, 2018.  

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