Minsk Gets Into Top 5 Cities With Highest IT Salaries (Tax And Cost-Of-Living Included)

Habr.com compared the salaries of middle developers in Moscow and other cities of the world. Minsk got in the top five of the best cities for developers. Well, that was predictable, wasn’t it?

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Knowing the taxes for each city, as well as the median salary and average cost of living, Habr compared how many goods and services can be bought in each city compared to Moscow.

The IT blog named it the index of availability of goods, services and rental housing, or in short – the asset index. If the city, for example, has 1.5 index, then a person can buy goods and services one and a half times more with the salary, prices and taxes available in the city.

Top 10 cities out of 45

CityGross Salary (before taxes, thousand rubles)TaxesNet Salary (income + social insurance)Cost of living index (relative to Moscow)Index of security (relative to Moscow)
2. Austin43625.00%327159.16158.04
3. Seattle53628.00%386200.34148.18
4. Kyiv15518.00%12770.07139.43
5. Minsk 126 13.00%115 63.65138.99
6. Montreal28720.5% + 6.72%226125.70138.48
7. Berlin31025.50%231129.70136.98
8. Chicago43830.00%307181.73129.78
9. Boston48030.00%336210.07123.03
10. Toronto31920.5%252171.56112.78

*See the full list of cities here.

“We are aware that the figures do not reveal the full depth of such a broad concept as ‘quality of life ‘, which includes: ecology, medical care, security, transport accessibility, a variety of urban environments, a variety of activities, travel.

Nevertheless, we have clearly and with concrete figures shown that, despite the fact that in many countries the salaries of developers seem very high compared to Russian ones, few people see that in these countries both taxes and the cost of living are much higher than at home.

As a result, it leads to equalization of life opportunities, and it is possible for a developer to live richer and more interesting in Moscow or St. Petersburg today than in Paris or Tel Aviv,” Habr concludes.

The authors of the article stress that all salaries in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are indicated after payment of taxes, while in other countries – before. To know how exactly the calculations of salaries and taxes were done – check habr.com’s original text.

Recall that a special website Minsk.page was launched for IT specialists willing to relocate to Belarus one day. The online guide briefly and succinctly tells about the IT industry in the country, current vacancies, salaries, taxes and benefits, Minsk city itself as an attraction point.

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