Monthly earnings up NOK 900
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Monthly earnings up NOK 900

Average monthly earnings for all employees were NOK 27 300 per 3rdquarter 2003. This was a NOK 900 or 3.5 per cent increase from the previous year. This statistic covers all employees.

Full-time employees increased their monthly earnings by 3.4 per cent to NOK 28 100. In comparison, full-time equivalents of part-time employees amounted to NOK 23 200, which was a 4.3 per cent increase.

Full-time equivalents, all employees. Average monthly earnings
per 3rd quarter 2002 and 2003. NOK
Working hours Employees covered by the census Monthly earnings, total Percentage change
2002 2003 2002 2003 2002-2003
Total 1 286 165 1 282 462 26 357 27 283 3.5
Full-time  857 776  857 787 27 232 28 145 3.4
Part-time  428 389  424 675 22 273 23 240 4.3

Only small changes in bonuses and allowances

Monthly earnings include basic paid wages and salaries, variable additional allowances, bonuses and commissions and the like. Overtime pay and other benefits are not included.

Most of the increase in average monthly earnings was due to increases in basic paid wages and salaries. Bonuses, allowances and the like are almost unchanged from 2002 at NOK 1 300 per month. In the sections Oil- and gas extraction and mining, Financial intermediation and Real estate, renting and business activities the bonuses increased by NOK 600, 300 and 200, respectively. This was, however, not enough to make an impact on the total.

Full-time employees per 3rd quarter 2003. Distribution of wages and salaries. Per cent

Dispersion in wages and salaries

Tables 1-3 show the lower quartile, median, mean and upper quartile of the average monthly earnings for full-time employees. The median divides the population in two evenly sized parts, where one half earns less and the other more than the given amount. The difference between the mean and the median gives a fairly good indication of the distribution of wages and salaries.

For all full-time employees this difference was NOK 2 800 per 3rd quarter 2003. In Manufacturing it was NOK 2 700, while in Real estate, renting and business activities the difference was NOK 3 200.

Full-time employees per 3rd quarter 2003. Average monthly earnings, by sex and age group. NOK

Figure 1 illustrates the distributions of wages and salaries in Manufacturing, Real estate, renting and business activities and Municipalities and county municipalities.

Differences between males and females

Figure 2 shows differences between full-time employed males and females, by age group. The differences increased with increasing age, from 7 per cent to 19 per cent for the above 60-age-group. In total for all employees the average difference was close to 16 per cent, with part-time employees calculated as full-time equivalents. The figure for full-time employees was 14 per cent and for part-time employees just above 5 per cent.

International figures

Figure 3 shows the gross annual earnings in Manufacturing 2002 in some European countries.

Table 6 presents an extended list of countries.

Gross annual earnings in Manufacturing 2002 in some European countries. NOK

It is important to note that exchange rate fluctuations throughout the year can greatly affect the wage levels in Euros. This should be accounted for when comparing countries.

More tables in StatBank Norway

In addition to the tables below, tables by section, educational level and age-groups for all as well as full-time and part-time employees can be found here: StatBank Norway

About the statistical basis

The statistics are based on information from a sample of enterprises with a total of 1 282 462 employees per 3rd quarter 2003. It covers all sections except for agriculture, hunting and forestry (A) and fishing (B). The data for this statistics have not been collected separately, but is an assembly of previously published statistics for the individual sections.

According to preliminary figures from the National Accounts for the 3rd quarter of 2003, the statistics cover about 2 017 100 employees.