Released: INOMICS Salary Report 2022

Berlin, Monday 21 November, 2022

INOMICS Salary Report 2022

Economics is a large and diverse field with many sub-disciplines. Prospective economists may wonder: in which countries do economists earn the highest salaries? What are the monetary benefits from acquiring a PhD? How do academic and non-academic positions compare? Our Salary Report answers these questions and more.

As a leading economics jobs and career website, INOMICS gathers data annually on salaries and working conditions of economists around the globe. The INOMICS Salary Report 2022 is a comprehensive examination of the state of the field utilizing this data. It assesses how average salaries vary across sector, seniority, location, educational background, and more: this year’s Report features our most extensive analysis yet of the gender wage gap in economics, and a follow-up analysis on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected economists’ careers.

The Key Findings from this Report include:

  • PhD economists earn 50% more on average than those without a PhD.
  • In North America, the highest-paying region on average, this difference is higher: PhD economists earn 73% more on average than those with a Master’s degree.
  • Although 50% is substantial, this is less than  reported in the last Report, as average pay for economists with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees has risen more (32.1% and 26.3% respectively) than for PhDs (just over 7%).
  • Overall, economist salaries have increased on average by approximately 18% since 2020/2021. Increases in average salary can be observed across all regions and all levels of employment, although the rate of increase varies.
  • Fallout from the pandemic appears to be ending. 16.6% fewer Bachelor’s degree holders and 14.0% fewer Master’s degree holders were unemployed during this survey period compared to last year. Additionally,  job conditions in the field appear to be improving.
  • The highest-paying employers in most regions are central banks, then private companies.
  • Despite high industry pay, professors of economics make average salaries comparable to or better than their counterparts in industry.
  • Despite high industry pay, professors of economics make average salaries comparable to or better than their counterparts in industry.
  • The gender pay gap persists in economics, with most places of employment paying men at least 10% more than women on average. This is exacerbated by the glass ceiling; proportionally fewer women are found in senior roles.
  • COVID-19 increased remote work in most regions. Globally, 56% of economists work more remotely than since before the pandemic.

This Report will be helpful for economists who wish to think critically and make informed decisions about their career path. It will also enable established economists and employers to gather useful insights about the state of affairs in the field.

Whatever your career stage, the team at INOMICS wishes you the best of luck with your future endeavors.

The INOMICS Salary Report 2022 is downloadable for free here:

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INOMICS is an online platform that helps students and researchers in economics reach their academic and professional goals. This is achieved through the provision of a personalized feed of opportunities, of jobs, courses, programs, and grants, updated daily and tailored to match one’s own specified ambitions. With an expert community of over 500,000 academics and students from around the world INOMICS has a proven track record of helping its members take that next step - it is ‘the power of niche recruitment’.