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Annual Earnings

This release has been compiled during the COVID-19 crisis. The results contained in this release reflect some of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 situation.

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Impact of COVID-19 on earnings statistics

The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions applied in response to it had a significant impact on the Labour Market in 2020. Earnings statistics for 2020 and comparisons with earlier years are impacted by changes in the composition of the labour market across 2020 and when compared to 2019 and earlier years. As shown in the Main Results chapter, the level of earnings has also been impacted by COVID-19 income support schemes introduced in 2020.

Median annual earnings were €40,579 in 2020

Median annual earnings were highest in the Information & communication sector at €61,632 in 2020, with median earnings for males in the sector at €66,436 and females at €52,725. The lowest median annual earnings were in the Accommodation & food services sector at €24,298 where median annual earnings was €26,252 for males and €22,228 for females.

Mean annual earnings were also highest in the Information & communication sector in 2020 at €77,003, an increase of 7.2% from €71,832 in 2019 and an increase of 21.5% from €63,353 in 2015. The lowest 5-year increase in mean annual earnings was in the Education sector, which saw an increase of 8.0% between 2015 and 2020 from €47,817 to €51,644. The lowest mean annual earnings in 2020 was recorded in the Accommodation & food services sector, at €27,235. See Tables 8.1 to 8.15 and Figure 8.1.

Employees who worked for less than 50 weeks in the reference year are excluded from the calculations for annual earnings. This is done to improve comparability of the data over time. Typically the proportion of employments retained for annual earnings analysis is relatively consistent at both the total economy and economic sector level. However due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market, the proportion of employments retained for annual earnings analysis in 2020 is lower than in previous years, specifically for those sectors most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See Main Results chapter for further information on the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market and on earnings statistics.

X-axis labelMaleFemale
20133690729526
20143699929857
20153703830272
20163732830507
20173796031153
20183927932014
20194051733056
20204410537462
An error in the order of the data included in table 8.9 was identified shortly after publication on 21 December 2021 and was subsequently revised to include the data in the correct order.
Show Table: Table 8.1 Mean and median annual earnings 2015-2020 by sex

Show Table: Table 8.2 Mean annual earnings by economic sector, public/private sector status and sex

Show Table: Table 8.3 Median annual earnings by economic sector, public/private sector status and sex

Show Table: Table 8.4 Mean annual earnings by size class and sex

Show Table: Table 8.5 Median annual earnings by size class and sex

Show Table: Table 8.6 Mean annual earnings by age group and sex

Show Table: Table 8.7 Median annual earnings by age group and sex

Show Table: Table 8.8 Mean annual earnings by nationality and sex

Show Table: Table 8.9 Median annual earnings by nationality and sex

Show Table: Table 8.10 Mean annual earnings by region of residence and sex

Show Table: Table 8.11 Median annual earnings by region of residence and sex

Show Table: Table 8.12 Mean annual earnings by region (NUTS 3) and sex

Show Table: Table 8.13 Median annual earnings by region (NUTS 3) and sex

Show Table: Table 8.14 Mean annual earnings by county and sex

Show Table: Table 8.15 Median annual earnings by county and sex

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