Top Paying Jobs in Finland

Posted by | 10th July 2013 | Career Advice, Finland Immigration, Moving to Finland, Work in Finland

Finland has a great deal to offer to potential workers from overseas. It is a beautiful country with plenty of opportunity for recreation and sport and has a rich cultural life.

And, of course, the education system is highly regarded, so expatriates need have no worries concerning their children. Throw in first class working conditions and employee security and Finland becomes a very attractive proposition for anyone considering working abroad.

Housing is clean, very comfortable, the social amenities are excellent and the standards of living are very high which makes it great value for money compared to other countries in the world.

But how much do Finns earn and what are the top paying jobs?

OECD statistics show that average salaries in Finland are slightly lower than the OECD overall. However, working hours are shorter, employment rates are higher and unemployment benefits are higher. Overall, therefore, Finland compares favourably with other OECD countries, so those looking for jobs in Finland can feel safe in the knowledge that they should be able to enjoy a good lifestyle.

Comparing salaries is always difficult and averages seldom give a true picture, as there can be wild fluctuations at the higher and lower ends of the scale. Below is however, a classification of the top paying jobs in Finland in gross salaries:

General Practitioner – GPs average salary is about 5,100 Euros a month, with women earning somewhat less at around 4,340 Euros a month. Currently, there is a high demand of healthcare professionals in Finland and shortage of nurses. Find your next healthcare role before moving to Finland.

Dentist – Male dentists make 4,960 Euros on average while their female counterparts receive around 300 Euros less.

Accountant – Accountants in Finland average just over 4,660 Euros per month while their female colleagues are around 640 Euros a month worse off.

Engineer – Male engineers average around 4,100 Euros a month; women receive around 3,940 Euros.

IT professionals – Given the wide range of It roles an average salary can only be indicative. In the insurance industry, for example, male IT professionals can expect an average of 3,800 Euros with women commanding around 3,230 Euros.

Professor – The average monthly salary for male professors is around 3,455 Euros while women average just over 2,960 Euros.

Wood grinder – Interestingly, wood grinders are comparatively well paid, making almost 3,130 Euros a month. Women wood grinders average just under 2,800 Euros.

Teacher – Teachers enjoy high social status and average slightly over 3,250 Euros per month. Women teachers earn around 60 Euros a month less.

Office clerk – A position that is difficult to define, male office clerks are reported to average about 2,687 Euros a month – just under 400 Euros more than their female counterparts.

Nurse – Female nurses average almost 2,900 Euros a month, about 100 Euros less than male nurses.

As noted, average figures can fluctuate. Actual pay depends on many factors including qualifications and experience. However, IT companies like Futurice, Bitwise and Microsoft feature highly on the list of best companies to work for in Finland, as does retail giant IKEA.

The employment sectors listed offer the top paying jobs in Finland, but individual positions may deviate from the median. For more details, visit our jobs in Finland page or search by sectors of employment.

The averages do, however, serve as a guide and suggest that finding a job in Finland could be a very good career move that is excellent for the family too.


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  • Tony

    Are you speaking about gross or net salary?

    • admin

      Hi Tony,

      This is all gross salary. However, the above is just an average as there is fluctuation according to years of experience and the employer, as expected. Also, it’s interesting to note that a GP doesn’t pay the same amount of income tax as an engineer for example.

      • Priyamvada Pandey

        hello admin,
        I am from india and I am working in an mnc from finland. my desgination is cad technician. I am planning to move to finalnd. can I find job easily with reference from my current designation? as I have worked in many projects of finland infrastructures. thanks I hope you will guide me.

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    need info regarding allied health jobs for for non eu trained doctors.

    • admin

      We will be looking into this, thank you for bringing it up.

  • Åsa, woman from Finland

    Bothers me that you speak of the differences in mens and womens pay checks without commenting on it as disturbing, you also refer to an almost 1000 euro difference in pay for women as “somewhat less”. How on Earth can your conclusion be that Finland is an excellent country to move to “for the family too”?! Does not this article show how backwards this country actually is?!

    • admin

      Hi Åsa,

      We are terribly sorry about the inconvenience caused with regards to this article and whilst you have raised an interesting point, we are however unable to comment on the differences between men and women’s salaries. We simply want to paint a true picture of Finland.

      Hope this helps!

      • Jumwohmiguel

        I thought stoff like this only happen in Africa I. Did not expect such a country to discriminate that much between men and woman we all have equel rights

      • yawarbaig

        Appreciate your honesty. But it is something that is unfair, unethical and immoral. So please raise your voice against it. That is the least we can do. As you can see, I am not a woman. Truth and justice has nothing to do with gender. Until those who are not affected by injustice raise their voices against it, injustice will remain. Paying women less because they are women in gross injustice.

        It may be interesting to note that it is Islam and Muslim societies which always get a bad rap for being discriminatory against women. Even though that has nothing to do with Islam, it is true that in many Muslim countries women are discriminated against. But what about Europe which always claims the high moral ground in this case? How do you justify this injustice? I am not blaming you personally. I am raising my voice and I hope that you will also do so along with me.

  • Iyke

    Please, how about international students? How much is the minimum pay per month and the number of hours. Thanks…

  • gulwakil

    good source of information

  • Evamarie Velasquez

    Are you also accepting registered nurses from other country even though they can’t able to speak Finnish language? Thank you 🙂

    • admin

      Hey Eva,
      It really depends on the employer, but it would be best if you have basic Finnish language skills

  • Lappalainen

    I’d like to comment that the IT Engineer salaries mentioned in this article only apply to people with 10-15 years of prior work experience. Starting salaries are closer to 2200 EUR (despite what the Engineering Union suggests) and you cannot expect big increases in the first 5-8 years. Unless you are one of the top 10 % in skills. Personally, I don’t know a single IT Engineer that earns more than 3100 EUR per month in the capital region. If you want to work as an IT professional, I recommend Germany instead of Finland.

  • Ahmed Sahal

    Hallo, there,
    i have bachelor degree in medical laboratory science and i know the basic of Finnish language. i’m planning to immigrate to Finland next year, could you please tell me what is the average salary for Medical Lab technician?
    Looking forward to hear from you.

  • Raquel

    Greetings, i’m from Portugal and i have a degree in mathematics and am currently doing a masters degree in actuary, statistics and operational research

    Anyway i was wondering about the risk department in insurance companies, a regular employee in the research department of those companies could also be a great example. Whats their average salary ?

    Plus, i only know few words in Finnish, which cant be called “knowing the basics” at all, i’m only quite familiar in speaking English with foreigners, so my question is: are companies usually interested in also offering employees that are coming from overseas, a extensive program to learn the language?

    many thanks

  • Yousry Ali

    I’m dentist, master degree in oral surgery , from Egypt. And I want to know how to work in Finland.

  • yawarbaig

    Why do female professionals earn less than their male counterparts? What does gender have to do with professional competence? What is being done to stop this discrimination against women? I think it is shameful and must be stopped immediately. Pay for competence and service. Not for gender.

    • Mahkaila

      I’d assume, just like in America, the averages do not take into account the hours each individual works, how many of each sex are in the field of work, and other things such as paid sick days or maternity leave. It is quite possible that they don’t get paid less, but there are just less hours being worked for the women than the men.