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What's The Average Thai Salary?

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I've always been curious about this. Most foreigners I meet will say the average Thai gets 6-8,000 baht a month or something ridiculous like that.

However, most official sources say the average salary is $8,200 a year. This means something around 24,000 baht a month is the average, nation wide.

(See https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/th.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok)

But even 24,000 a month strikes me as being somewhat low for a place like Bangkok, which is full of delux shopping centers, Mercedes and BMWs and some very expensive condos.

According to Wikipedia, the average salary in Bangkok is $20,000 a year. This equates to roughly 58,000 baht a month. Does this sound right? (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok#Economy)

So, this crap about the average Thai earning 8k a month is purely bullsh_t. Also the idea that the average westerner is so much wealthier than the average Thai. It's simply not true. Someone working at Tesco or 7/11 may be earning 8k a month. But someone with an education and a decent job will be earning far more, maybe more than you.

I think that's why foreigners almost always have poor Isaan girlfriends and never educated Bangkokians. To a poor country girl you are well off, but to an educated urbanite you're nothing. That's why wealthy Thais stick together, and poor Thais leech off the stupid farang.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I've been wondering about it for some time. Do you think Wikipedia may have incorrect figures?

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Very good question, I would like to also know how they do it. I see many fancy cars, houses, etc. Were is all the money coming from if they only make about 8,000 baht a month,

Good question, what is the norm salary around BKK.

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I've always been curious about this. Most foreigners I meet will say the average Thai gets 6-8,000 baht a month or something ridiculous like that.

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Bangkok Post economic review 2006/verage wage in Thailand :Bath 8.309.

You can find on their site the average wage by industry.

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Very good question, I would like to also know how they do it. I see many fancy cars, houses, etc. Were is all the money coming from if they only make about 8,000 baht a month,

You never heard of "Tea Money"? :o

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Bangkok Post economic review 2006/verage wage in Thailand :Bath 8.309.

You can find on their site the average wage by industry.

http://www.bangkokpost.net/economicreviews.html

Yeah that does show some pretty low figures. But on the bottom left it also says:

GDP per capita (purchasing power parity) $8,600

So, the figures seem to contradict each other.

Also, what do you think of this quote from Wikipedia's article on Bangkok:

"In 2005, it produced a GDP (PPP) of about USD 220 billion, which accounts for 43 percent of the country's GDP. Its GDP (PPP) per capita is roughly USD 20,000, one of the highest in Southeast Asia."

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I've always been curious about this. Most foreigners I meet will say the average Thai gets 6-8,000 baht a month or something ridiculous like that.

However, most official sources say the average salary is $8,200 a year. This means something around 24,000 baht a month is the average, nation wide.

(See https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/th.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok)

But even 24,000 a month strikes me as being somewhat low for a place like Bangkok, which is full of delux shopping centers, Mercedes and BMWs and some very expensive condos.

According to Wikipedia, the average salary in Bangkok is $20,000 a year. This equates to roughly 58,000 baht a month. Does this sound right? (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok#Economy)

So, this crap about the average Thai earning 8k a month is purely bullsh_t. Also the idea that the average westerner is so much wealthier than the average Thai. It's simply not true. Someone working at Tesco or 7/11 may be earning 8k a month. But someone with an education and a decent job will be earning far more, maybe more than you.

I think that's why foreigners almost always have poor Isaan girlfriends and never educated Bangkokians. To a poor country girl you are well off, but to an educated urbanite you're nothing. That's why wealthy Thais stick together, and poor Thais leech off the stupid farang.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I've been wondering about it for some time. Do you think Wikipedia may have incorrect figures?

I have been trying to find the salaries for gov officials with no luck. I did find a site that listed the Prime ministers salary plus a few others but no complete list.

After I tried to get some help at Tesco I told my wife Tesco needs someone who can speak english to help all the falangs that shop there so she went and asked for a job. They told her that you have to have a university degree to work there even just to be a sales person. What a waste of an expensive education.

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That 6,000 - 8,000 figure sounds about right for the majority. I think if you count the number of motorcycles as opposed to the number of Mercedes, you will see the average wage is lower.

Make no mistake, there are some very, very wealthy folks in Bangkok and plenty of up and coming people as well.

A good friend of mine who has a bachelor's degree AND reads, speaks and WRITES English very well earns between 25,000 and 40,000. He quits jobs after a few years and ends up back at that 25,000 area. It doesn't take long for his salary to start climbing though. His major strength is that he can write well--both gramatically and organizationally.

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If you strip out the top couple of percent then I would imagine that the average salary drops dramatically.

Check out the classifieds in the Bangkok Post or on job sites to see what sort of salaries are being paid for different jobs. That may give you a better idea.

BTW what is with all the bitter, anti-farang bullshit? Not all farangs have a poor Isaan girl, or has a poor Thai leeching off them.

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So, this crap about the average Thai earning 8k a month is purely bullsh_t. Also the idea that the average westerner is so much wealthier than the average Thai. It's simply not true. Someone working at Tesco or 7/11 may be earning 8k a month. But someone with an education and a decent job will be earning far more, maybe more than you.

I think that's why foreigners almost always have poor Isaan girlfriends and never educated Bangkokians. To a poor country girl you are well off, but to an educated urbanite you're nothing. That's why wealthy Thais stick together, and poor Thais leech off the stupid farang.

Nice ranting... :o

However, more reliable statistics can be obtained locally. It all depends on the occupation, of course, but many degreed personnel make in the neigbhorhood of 8 - 12K per month. Particularly, the young and newly graduated, which in your rant you seem to address.

Certainly there are occupations that make 20K and up... but typically that comes with many years of experience and working up the corporate ladder such as managerial or supervisory positions.

For some good statistics on diploma/degreed occupations in Thailand, try:

http://www.kellyservices.co.th/res/content...ysalarythai.pdf

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BTW what is with all the bitter, anti-farang bullshit? Not all farangs have a poor Isaan girl, or has a poor Thai leeching off them.

Maybe I was speaking for myself? :o

Actually I didn't mean for it to be anti-farang. I meant for it to be anti-Isaan leech.

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BTW what is with all the bitter, anti-farang bullshit? Not all farangs have a poor Isaan girl, or has a poor Thai leeching off them.

Maybe I was speaking for myself? :o

Actually I didn't mean for it to be anti-farang. I meant for it to be anti-Isaan leech.

Well as many people on here are in relationships with Isaan women/men (who aren't necessarily poor, or leeches), maybe you should stick to the main question - what is the average Thai salary :D

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Or maybe he just wants to know the average salary of an Isaan Leech!

(Only kidding)!

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Don't just look at the one who live in Bangkok 'coz most of the rich thai people live there or at least have businesses, condos, mia noi, etc., etc. in Bangkok and thus you will see lots of Benz, BMW, or let's say expensive cars out there. There are about 65M thais and 10M plus living in Bangkok. This is about the whole population of Sweden. If 5% of the 10M are extremely rich and 45% are in upper middle class so what happened to rest of 5M people in Bangkok and the other 55M living in the upcountry?

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Or maybe he just wants to know the average salary of an Isaan Leech!

(Only kidding)!

If it's an Isaan leech that happens to have three farang boyfriends who visit intermittently, I'd suspect her salary is pretty good.

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Firstly please remember that Thailand is about 500,000 square kilometres and Bangkok is less than 250 sq/km.

While a lot of people live in Bangkok the majority live outside.

For every person earning 58,000 baht a month in Bangkok there are probably 20 or more earning less than 5,000 baht a month building all those nice new condos and shopping malls.

I live right out in the country in a farming area where the average income is less than 5,000 a month.

I also worked in Bangkok where as an expat engineer I was earning around $100,000 a year and my Thai engineers were earning less than 30,000 baht a month.

Try to understand that an average is composed of highs and lows and is the middle result.

In the UK people in London are on much higher incomes than people who live in the countryside and people who live on a pension. Afew years ago in the UK some people thought nothing of paying $5,000,000 for an apartment in London compared to $100,000 in the provinces.

If you take the average income of any country there will always be a small % of rich people and a much larger % of poor people.

So if the average Thai gets between 6-8,000 baht a month it is about the right amount.

I am one of the foreigners who married a Thai girl, though not from Issan and as far as I know in the last 14 years she has never leeched from me. Also i really don't think that I am a stupid falang just because I married a girl who did not have a degree and was not a Hi-so girl from Bangkok.

I actually think that I am a very lucky man and given my time over again I would still marry the same girl who is the mother of our 2 1/2 year old son.

I am very happy living up here where it is clean, quiet and peaceful and very few farangs around. No snobbery you see. People up here help each other and are very friendly.

I've always been curious about this. Most foreigners I meet will say the average Thai gets 6-8,000 baht a month or something ridiculous like that.

However, most official sources say the average salary is $8,200 a year. This means something around 24,000 baht a month is the average, nation wide.

(See https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/th.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok)

But even 24,000 a month strikes me as being somewhat low for a place like Bangkok, which is full of delux shopping centers, Mercedes and BMWs and some very expensive condos.

According to Wikipedia, the average salary in Bangkok is $20,000 a year. This equates to roughly 58,000 baht a month. Does this sound right? (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok#Economy)

So, this crap about the average Thai earning 8k a month is purely bullsh_t. Also the idea that the average westerner is so much wealthier than the average Thai. It's simply not true. Someone working at Tesco or 7/11 may be earning 8k a month. But someone with an education and a decent job will be earning far more, maybe more than you.

I think that's why foreigners almost always have poor Isaan girlfriends and never educated Bangkokians. To a poor country girl you are well off, but to an educated urbanite you're nothing. That's why wealthy Thais stick together, and poor Thais leech off the stupid farang.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I've been wondering about it for some time. Do you think Wikipedia may have incorrect figures?

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