ECONOMIC INSIGHTS

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Table 3: Average annual earnings by sector, 2014 (€000s)

Source: Eurostat

Public administration

and defence

Education

Human health and social

work activities

Ireland €51.7 €56.3 €46.4

Netherlands €51.6 €49.4 €42.6

Belgium n.a. €47.9 €39.7

Austria n.a. €47.1 €39.6

Finland €45.8 €46.1 €38.9

Germany €42.5 €44.1 €37.7

Euro area €35.9 €36.7 €34.1

France €31.2 €35.0 €29.2

Cyprus €27.2 €34.7 €26.0

European Union €33.6 €33.4 €33.3

Italy €34.6 €31.2 €34.8

Spain €29.4 €28.4 €28.0

Portugal n.a. €24.6 €15.4

Slovenia €23.0 €22.6 €23.3

Malta €22.7 €21.4 €23.5

Estonia €15.5 €11.3 €13.4

Slovakia €12.4 €10.6 €12.3

Lithuania €10.6 €8.5 €9.0

Latvia €12.4 €8.1 €11.3

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

Development (OECD) provides deeper comparisons.

For example, the OECD’s ‘Education at a Glance

2016’ publication found that Irish teachers’ starting

salaries were below the OECD average. However,

after 15 years’ experience, Irish teachers’ salary

levels are significantly above the OECD average,

the sixth-highest across the countries illustrated in

Figure 6. The black dots show that the top of the

salary scale in Ireland is also among the highest in

the OECD.

“after 15 years’ experience, Irish teachers’

salary levels are significantly above the

OECD average”

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