Which European countries that pay the highest salaries?

On January 2020 Totally Money has created an interactive report to compare the job salaries of different European countries. The study shows the average weekly working hours and the average paid holiday from each country across the continent. The results show that Switzerland averages the highest paid salaries of all studied countries, while France has the lowest average weekly working hours, measured at 35 hours and Greece has the highest number of paid holiday leave with 29 days.

Teaching is one of the popular occupations in European country, the table shows the countries that pay the highest.


Average Salary  Ranking
Switzerland £73,286 1st
United Kingdom £42,344 2nd
France £37,772


The study also looks at a number of other common jobs found in European countries, ranging from gym instructors to lawyers. Some of the key findings are:The gym instructors working in Switzerland earn the highest salary with the average of £71,322,while in Portugal,  bar staff receives the lowest salary out of the studied European countries averaging just £18,986 and in France, a lawyer also earns on average £75,559, despite working 35 hours a week.

Different European countries offer different weekly hour requirements. As we are seeing a rise in four day working weeks, the table below shows the countries with the highest weekly working hours.

Country Hours Worked Ranking
Greece 42 1st
Switzerland 42 2nd
Sweden 40 3rd

A concern for many workers, the number of annual leave holidays we receive is an important factor to our work vs life balance. The study shows how many days each country offers for paid leave. Ranking as number one, Greece offers the most with 29 days. Germany, along with four other countries, offer the lowest with just 20 days.

Country Number of Holiday Leave  Ranking 
Greece 29 1st
France 25 5th
Germany 20 8th



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