I'm looking for a list of the average annual wage in as many countries as possible. Importantly, I'm looking for figures that are NOT adjusted, using PPP or converted into international dollars, or anything like that. This is because I'm not looking to directly compare these figures - they will be used feed into a larger piece of research on tax rates worldwide, and I want to know the income tax rate paid by the average earner in each country.

I have seen the wikipedia (Eurostat) and OECD tables, which aren't very useful for the above reasons.

If you can help in any way I would greatly appreciate it. Please reply below or contact me at christopher.hall (at) mailonsunday.co.uk

Thanks,

Chris

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Frankly, I'm afraid you will not be able to find anything on this. Income/wage estimates are very difficult to gather - and obtaining comparable measures is even harder. For developing countries, you can try to look into LSMS surveys.

For tax rates, you should look into Eurostat estimates for tax rates instead of wage data. Statistical institutes are spending a lot of time constructing comparable tax rate measures, deriving tax rates based on wage/income data for a large set of countries will be a very tedious (if not impossible) task - the problem here really is that the concept of an "average" earner is very hard to operationalize and measure.

It might be useful to screen the literature on taxes and see what data they are using. As a starting point, you could check out http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/data.html - the website contains several datasets with marginal tax rates and income tax rates.

Hope this helps,

Guo

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