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What is the average annual wage of employees?

The average annual wage of employee jobs on Bonaire was 25.8 thousand US dollars in 2021. This is 2 percent more than in 2020. On St Eustatius, the average annual wage was 36.9 thousand US dollars and on Saba it was 32.8 thousand US dollars. From 2011 onwards, wages on the three islands separately have increased by 2 percent on average in each consecutive year.

Average annual wage of employee jobs (1,000 USD)
Jaartal Bonaire St Eustatius Saba
2011 20.85 29.60 26.59
2012 22.15 32.89 27.05
2013 22.60 32.76 26.87
2014 23.48 34.31 27.24
2015 23.64 36.27 28.38
2016 23.61 35.94 28.51
2017 24.25 38.07 28.32
2018 24.23 33.86 29.02
2019 25.03 36.32 30.35
2020 25.40 33.68 31.28
2021* 25.81 36.86 32.84
* Provisional figures
2% annual average increase in wages on Bonaire

What are the best-paying sectors on Bonaire?

In 2021, the highest average annual wage on Bonaire was found in public administration and services (44.0 thousand US dollars), followed by energy and financial institutions. The lowest average wages were found in the sectors business services, accommodation and food services and agriculture.

Average annual wage of employee jobs, Bonaire, 2021* (1,000 USD)
Average annual wage
Total 25.81
Public administration, public services
and compulsory social security
Energy, water supply and
waste management
Financial institutions 41.61
Education 40.31
Healthcare and social work activities 28.70
Transportation, information and
Culture, sports, recreation and
other services
Real estate activities 21.54
Construction 20.49
Manufacturing 19.89
Wholesale and retail trade 18.90
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 17.94
Accommodation and food services 17.84
Business services 17.10
* Provisional figures

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