Domestic workers in India earn more than in China

Global Wage Comparison: Information about wages of domestic workers in India and all over the world.Compare the salary in India with salaries in China, Russia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, South Africa and many more.

The Paycheck team checked earnings of domestic workers over the world.

According to the results, fulltime working domestic worker in India earns $2.09 gross per hour and $1.78 net per hour. It is more than 13 per cent more than in Russia, where an average domestic worker gets $1.81 gross per hour.

However, Indian wage is still much lower than in both European countries and Latin America. In the United Kingdom, domestic workers have gross hourly wage of $13.60, that allows them to buy 2.4 BigMacs per hour of work. The lowest wage was identified in Tanzania, only $0.68 per hour.

Big Mac comparison is not available for India because Big Mac index is not published there. The wages are stated in Indian rupees, but they are not necessarily comparative due to variance in price levels between country.Therefore there are also hourly wages in dollars adjusted by purchasing power parity that can be easily compared.

CountryMedian hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPPMedian hourly wage in Indian rupees

Big Macs per hour of work

Gross Net Gross Net
India 2.09 1.78 42.16 36.04 0.4
China 1.81 1.7 68.01 63.25 0.5
Indonesia 0.79 0.65 32.64 27.88 0.2
Vietnam 1.66 1.58 40.80 38.76
United Kingdom 13.6 8.78 799.08 516.17 2.4
Belgium 10.78 8.54 661.03 523.65 2.2
Denmark 14.32 9.61 1,136.40 763.04 2.7
Germany 10.34 7.77 588.94 442.05 1.9
Finland 10.16 7.88 679.39 526.37 2.2
Netherlands
13.18 10.11 769.84 590.30 2.5
Spain 8.12 6.36 417.56 327.11 1.4
Czech Republic 5.62 4.21 204.02 150.98 0.8
Argentina 4.55 3.98 163.22 142.81 0.6
Brazil 2.2 1.79 113.57 92.49 0.3
Chile 3 2.54 140.77 119.01 0.5
Belarus 2.36 2.03 54.41 46.24
Kazakhstan 2.66 2.14 127.17 102.01
Ukraine 2.26 1.87 68.01 57.81 0.5
Russia 2.56 1.93 104.73 78.89 0.6
Kenya 0.8 0.7 26.52 21.08
South Africa 2.74 2.36 102.01 88.41 0.7
Tanzania 0.68 0.68 13.60 13.60
  • Source: Wage Indicator 2010-2012; IMF World Economic Outlook Database (April 2012); The Economist (January  2012)
  • Global Wage Comparison is based on a sample of 3667 respondents, who participated in the Wage Indicator survey. For the India respondents come through the Paycheck.in Survey. Period:  May 2010 - May 2012.
  • Statistics are reported for countries with at least 10 observations. The  "Big Macs per hour of work" information is only available  for countries with published Big Mac index.
  • Exchange rates valid on 30 July 2012 were used for wages in Indian rupees.

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