Managers and professionals in Albania are paid much less than their counterparts in European Union countries and almost half of the basic professions in many countries.

Eurostat has published average earnings per hour, according to economic activities and professions, for 2018, including Albania and Serbia from the countries of the region.

Albania has the lowest average hourly wage in Europe, with only 2.3 euros, from 3.41 euros in Serbia and 15 euros which is the average of the European Union. (Other regional data show that Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Northern Macedonia also have average salaries and those by occupation higher than Albania – Monitor note).

In Europe, the highest total wages are in Switzerland (35.6 euros / hour), Norway (29.8 euros) and Denmark (29.5 euros) – see graph Average hourly wage, total, 2018.
The difference with the countries of the European Union and Albania is very high for leading positions and for professionals.

Managers in Albania are paid 4.45 euros per hour, from 28.6 euros which is the average of the European Union. The record is again held by Switzerland, at 55 euros / hour, followed by Denmark (50.8) and Luxembourg (49.5). see graph: Average hourly wage, managers, 2018.

Professionals in Albania are paid an average of 3.12 euros / hour, compared to 21.36 euros which is the average of the European Union.
The lowest paid profession in Albania is that of basic work (such as cleaners and helpers, workers, food preparation assistants, street sales and other sales and service workers), with 1.48 euro / hour, from 9.65 euro that is the EU average for the same profession.

In fact, this profession that is the lowest paid in EU countries has average earnings twice as high as that of managers in Albania (respectively 9.65 euro / hour, versus 4.7 euro / hour).
Average salary in Europe

According to Eurostat, in European Union countries, gross hourly earnings vary widely by occupation. Based on detailed earnings data for 2018, managers were the highest paid profession in all EU Member States. At EU level, with average gross hourly earnings of € 28.6, managers were ahead of professionals (€ 21.4), followed by technicians (€ 17.8).

At the opposite end of the scale, basic occupations (such as cleaners and helpers, workers, food preparation assistants, street vendors and other sales and service workers) were the lowest paid occupations in all EU Member States. with the exception of Denmark, where service and sales workers have earned less. At EU level, basic occupations (€ 9.7 / hour) were followed by service and sales staff (€ 11.2), plant and machinery operators and installers (€ 11.5).

Overall, the average gross hourly income of the highest paid profession in the EU was about three times higher than that of the lowest paid profession. More precisely, the gross hourly income of an EU manager (€ 28.6) was almost three times higher than that of a basic employee (€ 9.7).

In all EU Member States, this ratio was highest in Cyprus, where managers (€ 31.7 / hour) were paid on average five times more than elementary workers (€ 6.3 / hour). In contrast, the ratio was lower in Denmark, where managers (€ 50.9) were paid about twice as much as service and sales employees (€ 22.2). / Monitor /