Statistics Norway: Here’s why women earned 87.9% of men’s wages in 2021

KronerPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Women earned an average of 87.9% of men’s wages in 2021. Statistics Norway believes that this can be explained by the fact that there are more men earning top wages than women.

Statistics Norway states that although the wage gap is still real, it has fallen in the last 20 years. In 2001, women earned an average of 83.3% of men’s wages.

“In Norway, it is mainly the case that women and men who have the same job, and otherwise the same prerequisites such as length of education and experience, are also at the same wage level,” Statistics Norway concludes.

Nevertheless, the differences persist. Statistics Norway points out that far more men than women have the highest wages, that women are overrepresented in the public sector, and that more women work part-time.

Highest salaries

If the 10% with the highest salary is removed from the statistics, the salary gap is reduced to 96.2%. There are just under 30% women in jobs with top salaries.

If, instead of looking at the average, one looks at the median salary, the figure amounts to 94.1%. The median, or the salary that most people have, is not as much affected by the top salaries.

Statistics Norway writes that what is referred to as segregation in the labor market also plays a role. Almost 70% of all people working in the public sector are women. At the same time, over 60% of people working in the private sector are men.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

Do you have a news tip for Norway Today? We want to hear it. Get in touch at


Be the first to comment on "Statistics Norway: Here’s why women earned 87.9% of men’s wages in 2021"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.