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Nurses in South Africa earn almost as much as in the United States

Information about wages of nurses in South Africa and all over the world. Compare the salary in the South Africa with salaries in Tanzania, Kenya, United States, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Russia and many more.
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According to the survey by Mywage team, a fulltime working nurse in the South Africa earns $14.02 gross per hour and $10.23 net per hour. In the United States, nurses are paid $10.3 net per hour, only $ 0.07 more than in South Africa.

The highest hourly wage was identified in the Netherlands ($22.08 gross) and the lowest in Russia, where one hour of nurses’ work is valued at only $1.97. This allows them to buy only one half of Big Mac per hour of work, while nurses in South Africa can buy almost three Big Macs, as much as in Sweden. In the US, nurses can afford to buy less, only two-and-a-half Big Macs.

 

 

CountryMedian hourly wage in $ adjusted by PPPMedian hourly wage in South African rands

Big Macs per hour of work

Gross Net Gross Net
South Africa 14.02 10.23 78.09 56.93 2.9
United States 16.44 10.3 136.84 85.75 2.5
Belgium 16.79 11.89 152.56 108.02 3.1
Germany 19.17 12.69 165.26 107.01 3.1
Finland 13.64 9.83 135.03 97.34 2.8
Netherlands 22.08 14.51 191.16 125.56 3.6
Spain 21.97 16.7 167.37 127.17 3.6
Sweden 17.27 12.47 195.59 141.07 2.9
Czech Republic 7.7 5.74 41.11 30.53 1.1
Hungary 5.39 4.01 27.81 25.19 0.9
Argentina 9.14 7.49 48.57 39.90
Brazil 7.03 6.17 53.91 47.36 1.1
Colombia 5.96 5.27 37.28 32.85 0.8
Belarus 2.62 1.98 8.87 6.75
Ukraine 2 1.61 8.87 7.05 0.4
Russia 1.97 1.76 16.12 11.99 0.5
Indonesia 1.99 1.5 12.60 9.47 0.5

 

  • 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 theWage Indicator survey. For South Africa respondents come through the Mywage.co.za 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 South African rands.

 

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