How Salary In Belarus Differs From Russia, Poland And Ukraine

The average salary of Belarusians in April was 1,074 BYN (~$537), after paying taxes this amount was about 924 BYN (~$462). 

At the same time in the first quarter, the average salary in Belarus was 1,011 BYN (~$505). For comparison, last October-December it was 1,036 BYN (~$518) before taxes.

An employee in Belarus pays the payroll tax of 13% and 1% contributions to the Social Welfare Fund. The average after-tax salary of Belarusians in January-March was about 870 BYN ($435).

The best paid during this period were specialists working in the information technology and information service activities, they earned 4,577 BYN ($2,288) before taxes.

The most underpaid were employees of beauty and hairdressing salons – 497 BYN before taxes.

Russia and Ukraine

In Russia, the average salary in January-March, according to Rosstat, was 1,411 BYN (~$705). In Ukraine, the average salary increased by 20.8% and amounted to 750 BYN (~$375).

The highest salary – 2,010 BYN (~1,005) – was earned by aviation transport workers, while the lowest salary was paid to those providing postal and courier services 440 BYN (~$220).


In the first quarter of this year, Latvians earned an average of 2,430 BYN (~$1215) before taxes. This is 0.6% less than in the fourth quarter of last year.

The average net salary after taxes was about 1,800 BYN (~$900). The average full-time salary in the financial services and insurance industry was 5,100 BYN (~$2,550).

In the ICT sphere, the average salary was 3,980 BYN (~$1990), in the energy sector  3,000 BYN (~$1,500), in government administration – 2,900 BYN (~$1,450).

The lowest average salaries were paid in the sector of tourist accommodation and public catering – 1,700 BYN (~$850), education –1,915 BYN (~$957).


The average take-home salary iin Lithuania in the first quarter of this year was 1,880 BYN (~$940). This is 6.8% more than in the fourth quarter of last year.

For example, in the public sector, it amounted to €826 and was by 5.1% more, in the private sector – 1,860 BYN  (~$930) and was 7.7% higher. Real wages in the first quarter increased by 6.7%.

Meanwhile, the average salary of Lithuanians on paper in the first quarter of this year was 2,860 BYN (~$1,430).


In Estonia, the average monthly gross salary increased (at an annual rate) by 7.9%, to 3,150 BYN (~$1,575). This is 3.2% less than in the fourth quarter of last year.

The highest average salary at the amount of 4,000 BYN was earned by workers of state-owned enterprises and private foreign companies 3,760 BYN (~$1,880).

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The average hourly gross salary in Estonia in the first quarter of this year was 18,5 BYN (~$9,25), which is 7% more than in the same period of 2018.

Kazakhstan and Poland

In Kazakhstan, the average salary in the first quarter of this year was 920 BYN ($410).

Most of all earned employees of the mining industry and quarrying 2,190 BYN (~$1,095), financial and insurance activities 1,770 BYN (~$885).

The lowest nominal wages were in agriculture, forestry and fisheries  – 510 BYN. In Poland, in April the average salary was 2,840 BYN (~$1,420).

Expectations and reality

The average salary of Belarusians in 2019, according to forecasts, should be 1,025 BYN (~$512) and 1,100 BYN (~$550) by next December.

Recall that the average salary in Belarus in January-December last year amounted to 958,1 BYN (~$479) before taxes.

The authorities planned to reach an average salary of 1,000 BYN (~$500) by the end of last year. In 2017 as well as in 2018 the aim, unfortunately, was not achieved.