This page is archived.

Data published after 5 April 2022 can be found on the renewed website.

Go to the new statistics page

Structure of Earnings

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://
Main topic: Wages, Salaries and Labour Costs
Related topics: Labour Market
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


Structural statistics on wages and salaries describe the numbers, hourly and monthly earnings, and the formation and distribution of employees’ wages and salaries in all employer sectors.

At intervals of a fixed number of years the statistics also describe annual earnings.

Data content

Numbers of wage and salary earners and hourly, monthly and annual earnings of wage and salary earners by diverse classification variables. Monthly and annual earnings are inclusive of additional items, such as overtime pay, working hour supplements, benefits in kind, performance-based bonuses and other one-off items.

The examination of hourly earnings extends to all employment relationships, including part-time ones, for which earnings for regular working hours per week or hours actually worked and earnings paid for them are known.

The examination of monthly earnings only extends to wage and salary earners employed full time. Employees whose regular weekly working hours exceed 90% of the normal weekly hours worked in the industry are defined as working full time.

The data on individual units must be kept undisclosed.

Classifications used

Employer sector, industry, occupation, education, gender, type of employment relationship, form of remuneration and region.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data derive from Statistics Finland’s data on wages and salaries, which are formed by combining data collected by employer organisations from their members with those from Statistics Finland’s wage and salary inquiries.

Data collections

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

The statistics are ready in approximately one year from the end of the statistical reference year.

Time series

The statistics have been produced starting from 1995.


average pay, earnings development, employees, income level, industries, occupations, private sector, public sector, wages and salaries

Contact information

Last updated 23.11.2011