wage in Russia since the 1st of January 2021 is 12,792 Russian
rubles or approximately 150 euros per month. Since the living standards and
expense levels in Moscow and St. Petersburg are vastly different from other
regions and cities, minimum wages for those cities are set separately at 20,589
and 19,000 rubles respectively. Recently the formula for calculating the
minimum wage was changed, now it amounts to 42 % of the Russian median wage, whereas
in the past it was set to reflect the minimum cost of living in Russia.
wage in Russia has seen sharp increases in the past decade. Whereas during 2012-2017
the wage increased from 4611 rubles to 7800 rubles, in 2018 it was increased to
11,163 rubles and has increased in a more stable manner since then.
wages earned by employees in Russia differ considerably depending on the city
and region. The highest average monthly wages are in Moscow, St. Petersburg and
some of the oil and mineral producing regions, and reach levels around 110 –
125 thousand rubles per month (1280 – 1450 euro). In the more economically
isolated regions, salaries barely passing the minimum wage mark are not
additional requirements for minimum wages are set for example for highly
qualified foreign specialists. Employees working on highly qualified specialist
work permits need to be paid no less than 2,000,000 rubles annually.
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