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How Does the Minimum Wage Vary Around the World?

It’s tough out there for everyone.

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To many workers in the United States, it seems like the federal minimum wage has yet to catch up with the rising cost of living. A large number of people are still making more or less the same amount of money they made 10 or 20 years ago even though inflation is high and resources are scarce. 

This is not so in some other countries. Some nations have seen their minimum wage increase by astonishing proportions in a short span of time, but the rise doesn’t always reflect the surge in living costs in those places, either! These are hard times globally., an e-commerce website, has compiled the latest available statistics on minimum wages worldwide. It has aggregated the data into the infographic below, using net values in local currencies (money that actually made it into the pockets of the workers) and converting them to U.S. dollars. 

While it might look like workers in some countries are doing great compared to others, the annual expenses of someone in Australia may differ significantly from those of someone in Uzbekistan. Where does your country fall on the spectrum?

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