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What is the average annual wage of employees?

The average annual wage of employee jobs on Bonaire was 25.5 thousand US dollars in 2020. This is 2 percent more than in 2019. On St Eustatius, the average annual wage was 33.9 thousand US dollars and on Saba it was 31.4 thousand US dollars. From 2011 onwards, wages have increased by 2 percent on average in each consecutive year.

Average annual wage of employee jobs (1,000 USD)
Year Bonaire St Eustatius Saba
2011 20.9 29.6 26.6
2012 22.2 32.9 27.1
2013 22.6 32.8 26.9
2014 23.5 34.3 27.2
2015 23.6 36.3 28.4
2016 23.6 35.9 28.5
2017 24.3 38.1 28.3
2018 24.2 33.9 29.0
2019 25.0 36.3 30.4
2020* 25.5 33.9 31.4
* Provisonal figures
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What are the best-paying sectors on Bonaire?

In 2020, the highest annual wage on Bonaire was found in the mining sector (45.6 thousand US dollars), followed by energy and public administration. The lowest average wages were found in the sectors agriculture, accommodation and food services, and business services.

Average annual wage of employee jobs, Bonaire, 2020* (1,000 USD)
Sector Average annual wage
Mining and quarrying 45.6
Energy, water supply and waste management 43.0
Public administration and government services 42.4
Education 38.8
Financial services 37.5
Healthcare and social work activities 31.0
Transportation, information and communication 29.3
Total 25.5
Construction 20.5
Real estate activities 20.0
Manufacturing 19.0
Culture, sports, recreation and other services 18.8
Wholesale and retail trade 18.7
Business services 17.8
Accommodation and food services 17.1
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 15.4
* Provisonal figures

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* provisional figure
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(between two numbers) inclusive
0 (0.0) less than half of unit concerned
2016–2017 2016 to 2017 inclusive
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Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond to the sum of the separate figures.

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