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Where do Hong Kong workers stand on this year’s pay scale?



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The Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department has released the results of its 2018 annual earnings and hours survey. The median monthly wage of employees in Hong Kong during May and June 2018 was HK$17,500, 4% higher than the same quarter the year before.

During this two-month period, 10% of individuals earned HK$9,900 or less, 25% earned HK$12,600 or less, 75% earned HK$27,300 or less and 90% earned HK$43,300 or less.

This represents a year-on-year increase of 4.7%, 4.0%, 3.6% and 2.2% respectively.

Top median monthly wage by industry

Education and public administration (excluding the Government) (HK$28,400)
Electricity and gas supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (HK$27,800)
Managers and administrators, professionals and associate professionals (HK$27,500)
Financing and insurance (HK$27,500)
Professional, scientific and technical activities (HK$23,300)
Construction (HK$22,800)
Information and communications (HK$22,800)
Real estate activities (HK22,300)
Craft and related workers, plant and machine operators and assemblers (HK$21,000)

The median hourly wage of employees in Hong Kong in May-June 2018 was HK$70.5, 3.7% higher than the median of $68.0 in the preceding year. The 5th, 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentile hourly wages were HK$39.1, HK$41.9, HK$50.0, HK$111.1 and HK$181.6 respectively.

Comparing both genders, the median monthly wages of male and female employees were HK$19,900 and HK$15,300 respectively. The median hourly wage of male employees was HK$15.6 higher than female employees.

Between all age groups, the median hourly wage of employees at age 35 – 44 was the highest (HK$81.0), followed by employees aged 25 – 34 (HK$73.3) and those aged 45 – 54 (HK$72.2).

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