Here's how much the average Irish worker earns

CSO figures show wages inched up in 2016...

Here's how much the average Irish worker earns

A view of a payslip with Euro notes and coins | Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

Average annual earnings in Ireland climbed 1.1% to €36,919 last year, according to the CSO.

Part-time employees were taking in an average of €16,597.

When you factor them out, it means the average wage of a full-time Irish worker was €45,611 in 2016.

Despite a growing economy – and possibly showing firms' concerns over global events such as Brexit and Trump's US election – the rate at which earnings were increasing in 2015 (1.2%) actually slowed slightly.

CSO statisticians also revealed that total earnings rose to €61.2 billion in 2016, an increase of 4% on 2015.

Key features of the annual results for 2016 also include:

  • Total earnings rose to €61.2bn in 2016, an increase of 4% on 2015. This increase was driven by a rise in the average numbers employed of 2.8%, a 0.5% increase in average weekly hours worked and a 0.6% increase in average hourly earnings.
  • Total cost of employing labour increased by 4.1% in 2016 with total annual labour costs reaching €70.8bn.

  • Full-time employee regular earnings comprised €48.4bn (68.3%) of the €70.8bn total labour costs, while part-time employee regular earnings were €7.5 billion (10.6%).
  • The other main components were €9.7bn (13.7%) other labour costs, €3.2bn (4.6%) irregular earnings, €1.6 billion (2.3%) overtime earnings and €400m (0.6%) apprentice/trainee earnings.
  • "Industry" had the highest total annual labour costs of €11.5 billion.
  • The admin and support services sector and the arts, entertainment & recreation sector had the lowest total annual labour costs of €2.5bn and €1.5bn respectively.