Minimum Wage in Thailand

Towards the middle of December 2010 saw the results over the long discussed issue on the minimum wage in Thailand. It has long been assumed that this group earned a certain amount and others got something different. The research has shown that this is the case and there are regional differences as well.

I thought that it would be of interest to some to translate these various wages into Sterling, Dollars and Euro.

On Friday December the 10th 2010 the National Wage committee anounced a 6.7% wage boost meaning wages will rise between 8 and 17 Thai Baht a day.

8 Thai Baht = 0.265 USD

8 Thai Baht = 0.201 Euro

8 Thai Baht = 0.168 British Pounds

17 Thai Baht = 0.565 USD

17 Thai Baht = 0.426 Euro

17 Thai Baht = 0.357 British Pounds

This takes the overall National Minimum Wage in Thailand to 176.3 Thai Baht per day OR

5.861 USD or 4.429 EURO or 3.712 British Pounds

Whether this minimum wage will include what has been described as "Off-system informal sector workers". Around 14 and a half million of these work in agriculture in Northern Thailand without access to health care or other forms of welfare.

176 Thai Baht
176 Thai Baht

It has been estimated that around 4 million workers will benefit from this increase in the minimum wage. About half of these will be migrant workers from surrounding countries.

Phuket has the highest minimum wage in the country at 221 Thai Baht. This is followed closely by Bangkok and other provinces. The lowest in the country is Phayao where the minimum wage is 159 Thai Baht.

221 Thai Baht = 7.351 USD, 5.556 Euro, 4.649 British Pounds

159 Thai Baht = 5.289 USD, 3.998 Euro, 3.345 British Pounds

Remember this is the minimum wage per DAY and NOT per hour

It is of interest to compare these wages with how much a Go Go Dancer earns.

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Will Apse 5 years ago

Thailand has one of the worse records for income inequality in the world and wages at the bottom of the pile are very low. In Southern Thailand a shop worker will work 12 hours every day - no days off- for around 5000 baht or $300 a month. A top cook in a smart restaurant will earn 12.000 baht.

People in the North East earn even less. The average day wage for an agricultural worker in Isaan is 200 baht plus food. Working in a paddy has to be one of the hardest jobs around.

At the same time, there is access to quality health care for a very small fee- 30 baht to see a doctor in a hospital.

I have my dental treatment in the state hospital here in the South and it is good quality and very cheap indeed- around 250 baht for an extraction, around 1000 baht for an implant.

Our local Thai hospital is very similar to a UK National Health hospital twenty years in terms of organisation and cleanliness and care- acceptable, enough.

In the North East, the hospitals are a lot more crowded and doctors are scarcer but the basic service is there. Many small communities have a small local hospital that offers frontline care and speedy referrals for serious cases.

Treatment gets expensive for anything involving surgery, of course and you really need insurance (2000 baht a month covers most stuff).

The Thai Government have defended low cost drug treatments against copyright infringement claims from US and European Pharmaceutical companies pretty successfully meaning medication is affordable for Thais on the whole.

It is also worth noting that the elderly get a small payment from the government of 500 baht a month- not much of a pension but better than nothing.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Will Apse - Thank you for the further insights. Much appreciated.


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Edwin Clark 5 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

My Thai friend earns 260 baht a day. All of his paycheck goes to his wife because she takes care of the children and household. Everyday his wife gives him an allowance of 100 baht per day for lunch and travel on the bus or city trains. And he's content.

My point is Thais are quite conservative on their expenses. In most cases they will save to buy what they need and live within their means. It's a lesson that most Westerners should learn.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks Edwin. I agree. We should all try to manage on less. I once saw my Thai girlfriend feed 14 people for a little over 35 Baht. I watched my Filipina girlfriend by a new outfit of clothes for the equivalent of 50 Baht.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Peter, for a climps into other peoples' life.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Hello, hello - And thank you for reading. It is interesting how other people live.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Heelo, hello - And thank you for reading. It is interesting how other people live.

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