Wage Structure Survey (EES). 2014


The gross annual salary per worker in Catalonia was 23,927.17 euros in 2014, 1.3% less than the previous year, according to the Wage Structure Survey. The gross annual salary of women fell by 2.0% year-over-year, standing at 20,324.88 euros, while for men it was 27,447.71 euros, 0.9% less than in 2013. The average gross salary per hour received by women (10.97 euros) in 2014 represented 84.0% of the salary received by men (13.05 euros).

By type of workday, the average gross annual salary of full-time workers was 28,145.33 euros, 0.4% higher than the previous year, while that of part-time workers declined by 6.1% and stood at 10,384.37 euros. The average gross salary per hour was 12.58 euros for full-time workers and 9.03 euros for part-time workers.

By branch of activity, the gross annual salary of workers in financial and insurance activities was the highest (39,192.87 euros), while that of salaried employees in the hostelry industry was the lowest (14,145.21 euros).

According to occupation, the annual salary of directors and managers was 57,610.33 euros, 140.8% higher than the average salary. On the other end of the scale, that of workers in elementary occupations was 13,750.67 euros, 42.5% lower than the average salary.

By type of contract, workers with temporary contracts had an annual salary of 15,321.13 euros, 36.0% below the average salary. In the case of workers with an indefinite contract, the annual salary stood at 25,766.01 euros, 7.7% above the average salary.

As regards the distribution of salaries, the average salary stood at 20,601.39 euros, 3,325.78 euros less than the average salary. For the whole employed population, 10% of employees accounted for 24.5% of the wage bill, while 10% of employees with the lowest wages only accumulated 2.1%.

The Wage Structure Survey is a four-yearly sample based survey conducted by the INE via interviews of enterprises. The primary objective of the EES is to obtain results about the salaries of wage earners and to learn about differences in distribution in relation both to the characteristics of employees and to their occupations. It also enables the determination of the wage structure, both in terms of composition and the variables of influence.

Wage Structure Survey

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