Household income

According to the 2020 EU-SILC (European Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions), Austrian private households have a median household income of €39 549 a year. 10% of households have less than €15 735, and 10% have more than €81 771 per annum at their disposal.

The equivalised household income is used to allow comparisons between households of different sizes and composition. 50% of the population in private households have more than €26 555 at their disposal (median). While the 10% with the highest income have more than €47 298 of equivalised household income at their disposal per annum, the 10% with the lowest income (around 875 800 people each) have less than €13 889 at their disposal. Proportionally the top 10% have 22% of the total equivalised income at their disposal. By contrast the 10% with the lowest income have only 3% of the total income at their disposal.

EU-SILC is the most important data source on household income in Austria. Results based on EU-SILC 2020 refer to the income in 2019.

Household income is calculated as the sum of all earned income in the household plus any income from capital and pensions as well as any social transfers. The net household income is obtained after deduction of taxes and social security contributions. The available net household income is then calculated by deducting and adding alimonies and other private transfers between the households.

The equivalised household income is obtained by dividing the available household income by the number of consumption equivalents in the household. It is assumed that, as the size of the household increases and depending on the age of the children, cost savings are achieved in the household through joint budgeting (economies of scale). For weighting purposes the EU scale (modified OECD scale) is used to calculate a household’s resource requirements. An adult living on his or her own is taken as the reference point (= consumption equivalent), with an allocated weighting of 1. For each additional adult, the assumed resource requirement increases by 0.5 consumption equivalents. Each child under the age of 14 is weighted with a consumption equivalent of 0.3. So a household comprising a father, mother and child would have a calculated consumption equivalent of 1.8 compared to a single-person household.

Based on the national regulation (Einkommens- und Lebensbedingungen-Statistikverordnung ELStV) in EU-SILC 2012 register information was used for the first time to calculate components of household income and for weighting (see Methodenbericht EU-SILC 2012, PDF, 1MB). Advantages of this changed methodology – for former years only survey data is available – are an increase in the data quality and reduced burden for respondents to the survey. To monitor the Europe 2020 strategy which started with data of EU-SILC 2008 despite switching to register data in EU-SILC 2012, Statistics Austria has done a back-calculation with register data for EU-SILC 2008-2011. The back-estimation for key indicators for 2008-2010 that was published in late 2013 is now replaced by the back-calculation on micro-data level. Due to the methodological break changes in the indicators from 2007 to 2008 cannot be interpreted in terms of content.

Please consult our German website for tables and charts containing further information.

According to the "Unterhaltsbefragung" (child support survey) 82 000 minor children in Austria living in households with their single mothers receive child support payments from the father, the median payment per child per month is 304€. The survey was conducted in 2021 by Statistics Austria on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Results (overview): Household income 2020

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