OECD – Median Disposable Income – Working Age Population 18 – 65 years – 2012

Demographics

The OECD defines the “Working Age” as 18 – 65 years old. Table 1 of OECD – Labour Force Statistics provides the total population for 31 countries of interest in 2012 . We use these figures and the Age group share data in OECD – Age group share, 18-25 year oldsOECD – Age group share, 26-40 year oldsOECD – Age group share, 41-50 year olds, and OECD – Age group share, 51-65 year olds to derive numbers of individuals within four exhaustive, mutually exclusive categories of Working Age individuals:

Country 18-25
000s
26-40
000s
41-50
000s
51-65
000s
Total
000s
Australia 2,545 4,908 3,181 4,067 14,702
Austria 876 1,516 1,407 1,702 5,502
Belgium 1,068 2,192 1,624 2,169 7,055
Canada 3,801 7,150 5,266 7,115 23,334
Czech Republic 1,008 2,448 1,408 2,154 7,020
Denmark 570 1,028 816 1,068 3,483
Estonia 153 284 176 251 866
Finland 514 1,007 714 1,142 3,378
France 5,526 12,132 8,956 12,513 39,127
Germany 6,880 14,826 12,942 17,529 52,178
Greece 887 2,328 1,630 2,107 6,953
Hungary 1,170 2,073 1,150 2,172 6,567
Iceland 36 63 42 58 200
Ireland 444 976 582 839 2,842
Israel 917 1,685 846 1,162 4,612
Italy 4,901 12,042 9,682 11,618 38,245
Luxembourg 51 113 85 92 343
Mexico 16,504 24,932 13,461 14,514 69,413
Netherlands 1,641 3,082 2,597 3,384 10,706
New Zealand 505 851 642 802 2,801
Norway 537 1,018 727 913 3,197
Poland 4,123 9,016 4,855 8,246 26,241
Portugal 904 2,187 1,566 2,050 6,708
Slovak Republic 708 1,189 767 1,092 3,758
Slovenia 197 442 310 423 1,373
Spain 3,788 10,802 7,669 8,464 30,725
Sweden 1,009 1,761 1,313 1,618 5,701
Switzerland 815 1,599 1,311 1,567 5,294
Turkey 9,021 18,568 9,697 9,923 47,210
United Kingdom 7,071 12,613 9,364 11,530 40,580
United States 34,526 61,519 42,686 60,263 198,996

Table 1. Census within four Age groups of Working Age (18-65 years old) individuals. Source: OECD.

Disposable Income

The OECD provides Median Disposable Income data (using the new definition of income) for Working Age Population 18 – 65 years old in 30 of 35 countries surveyed in 2012. Our analysis also includes the corresponding figure for Canada in 2011. 1

Table 2 presents the Median Disposable Income for the Working Age Population in these 31 countries – expressed in the national currency and in US dollars:

Country National
Currency
Median
Disposable Income (MDI)
National Currency per US dollar MDI
(US dollars)
Australia Australian Dollar 51,242 1.52809 $33,533
Austria Euro 26,481 0.85858 $30,843
Belgium Euro 26,084 0.89261 $29,222
Canada‡ Canadian Dollar 38,248 1.28458 $29,775
Czech Republic Czech Koruna 235,111 14.5582 $16,150
Denmark Danish Krone 246,775 8.40991 $29,343
Estonia Euro 8,149 0.6211 $13,120
Finland Euro 27,154 0.98624 $27,533
France Euro 22,318 0.88583 $25,194
Germany Euro 22,480 0.81703 $27,514
Greece Euro 9,629 0.75303 $12,787
Hungary Forint 1,592,591 143.793 $11,076
Iceland Iceland Krona 4,145,840 142.563 $29,081
Ireland Euro 22,495 0.96521 $23,306
Israel New Israeli Sheqel 78,690 4.25607 $18,489
Italy Euro 18,572 0.83991 $22,112
Luxembourg Euro 38,559 0.96569 $39,929
Mexico Mexican Peso 50,269 9.17818 $5,477
Netherlands Euro 23,200 0.88103 $26,333
New Zealand New Zealand Dollar 41,881 1.57817 $26,538
Norway Norwegian Krone 361,039 9.72688 $37,118
Poland Zloty 26,435 1.91796 $13,783
Portugal Euro 9,981 0.66846 $14,931
Slovak Republic Euro 8,549 0.5719 $14,948
Slovenia Euro 14,052 0.67771 $20,735
Spain Euro 15,908 0.77144 $20,621
Sweden Swedish Krona 266,301 9.1096 $29,233
Switzerland Swiss Franc 59,621 1.55332 $38,383
Turkey Turkish Lira 12,000 1.25179 $9,586
United Kingdom Pound Sterling 17,648 0.76649 $23,024
United States US Dollar 32,819 1.0000 $32,819

Table 2. Median Disposable Income, Working Age Population 18 – 65 years old in 2012. ‡ Canadian figures are for 2011. Source: OECD. 

Disposable Income Ratios

We use the P50/P10 ratio and the P90/P50 ratio to derive the upper bound value of the first and ninth decile, respectively, from the Median (P50) Disposable Income (US dollars) in Table 2:

Country P50/P10 P90/P50 P10 P50 P90
Australia 2.3 1.9 $14,580 $33,533 $63,713
Austria 2.0 1.7 $15,421 $30,843 $52,432
Belgium 2.1 1.6 $13,915 $29,222 $46,755
Canada‡ 2.3 1.9 $12,945 $29,775 $56,572
Czech Republic 1.7 1.8 $9,500 $16,150 $29,069
Denmark 1.8 1.6 $16,302 $29,343 $46,949
Estonia 2.4 2.1 $5,467 $13,120 $27,553
Finland 1.9 1.7 $14,491 $27,533 $46,806
France 1.9 1.9 $13,260 $25,194 $47,869
Germany 2.0 1.8 $13,757 $27,514 $49,526
Greece 2.7 1.9 $4,736 $12,787 $24,295
Hungary 2.1 1.8 $5,274 $11,076 $19,936
Iceland 1.8 1.7 $16,156 $29,081 $49,437
Ireland 2.0 2.0 $11,653 $23,306 $46,612
Israel 2.7 2.1 $6,848 $18,489 $38,827
Italy 2.4 1.9 $9,213 $22,112 $42,013
Luxembourg 1.9 1.9 $21,015 $39,929 $75,865
Mexico 2.9 2.8 $1,889 $5,477 $15,336
Netherlands 2.0 1.8 $13,166 $26,333 $47,399
New Zealand 2.2 2.0 $12,063 $26,538 $53,076
Norway 2.1 1.6 $17,675 $37,118 $59,388
Poland 2.1 1.9 $6,563 $13,783 $26,187
Portugal 2.4 2.1 $6,221 $14,931 $31,356
Slovak Republic 1.9 1.7 $7,868 $14,948 $25,412
Slovenia 1.9 1.6 $10,913 $20,735 $33,175
Spain 2.5 2.0 $8,249 $20,621 $41,243
Sweden 2.1 1.7 $13,920 $29,233 $49,696
Switzerland 1.9 1.7 $20,202 $38,383 $65,251
Turkey 2.4 2.4 $3,994 $9,586 $23,007
United Kingdom 2.2 2.0 $10,466 $23,024 $46,049
United States 2.9 2.2 $11,317 $32,819 $72,202

Table 3. P50/P10  and P90/P50 ratios; P10, P50 (Median), and P90 values of  Disposable Income (US dollars), Working Age Population (18 – 65 year olds) in 2012. ‡ Canadian figures are for 2011. Source: OECD.

OECD Labour Statistics provides two views of total employment:

  • Table 20: Total Employment, including Armed Forces – too many missing entries
  • Table 22: Total Civilian Employment

Using Total Civilian Employment figures, we derive the number of civilian employees whose Disposable Income equals or exceeds the national P90 value  in 2012:

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Country P90 Civilian Earners >=P90 000s
Australia $63,713 1,134
Austria $52,432 417
Belgium $46,755 452
Canada‡ $56,572 1,750
Czech Republic $29,069 487
Denmark $46,949 268
Estonia $27,553 61
Finland $46,806 247
France $47,869 2,623
Germany $49,526 3,989
Greece $24,295 379
Hungary $19,936 386
Iceland $49,437 16
Ireland $46,612 182
Israel $38,827 335
Italy $42,013 2,263
Luxembourg $75,865 37
Mexico $15,336 4,900
Netherlands $47,399 842
New Zealand $53,076 221
Norway $59,388 258
Poland $26,187 1,559
Portugal $31,356 460
Slovak Republic $25,412 232
Slovenia $33,175 92
Spain $41,243 1,753
Sweden $49,696 465
Switzerland $65,251 477
Turkey $23,007 2,482
United Kingdom $46,049 2,926
United States $72,202 14,246

Table 4. Civilian employees whose Disposable Income (US dollars) equals or exceeds the national P90 value in 2012. ‡ Canadian P90 figure is for 2011. Source: OECD.

  1. We exclude Chile, Japan, Korea, and Russia from our analysis, as there were no figures available based on the new income definition.