The salary calculator estimates your salary while working abroad

Are you sick of living in the United States? Has being cooped up in your apartment for the entire pandemic made you want to get as far away from it as humanly possible, like getting on a boat or a plane, traveling across an ocean and a few continents, and then staying indefinitely?

It may be a common escape fantasy, but the most committed know it’s a real logistical quest. First you need a job, but you also need to know what that job will bring you. You could pair coconut milk with caviar on your beachside tower balcony, or gather coins for microwaveable beans in your basement (as, well, many people must). It all depends on funding. (And the rate of inflation. And the currency conversion.)

Luckily for you, this salary calculator might help you. Developed by William Russell, an expat insurance company, it lets you see the average annual salary for your specific occupation in each of 38 countries. Data for countries was taken from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, headquartered in Paris), and all hourly wages were adjusted for a 37.5-hour work week.

The tool includes a variety of jobs, such as web developer, data analyst, graphic designer, journalist, firefighter, librarian, barista and others.

At a glance, the highest average salaries came from Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Japan, with totals ranging from $59,000 to $93,000 per year. (However, many of these same countries have exceeded the The OECD cost of living index, too.) Meanwhile, the lowest salaries were in Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, Hungary, and Greece, which ranged from $6,000 to $15,000 a year. The top three were also the three countries with the lowest cost of living.

The United States had the second highest average salary and the seventh highest cost of living.

View the calculator here.

Eleanor C. William