TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese netizen took data on the average salaries for all the major counties and cities in Taiwan and found that Hsinchu City had the highest, not Taipei, and Taichung came in last place of the six major municipalities in the country and 13th overall.
1. The salary for one person in Hsinchu can pay for two in Pingtung
The average salary of NT$53,141 (US$1,756) in Hsinchu City, in northern Taiwan, can almost be used to hire two people in Pingtung County at NT$28,074 per person, in Taiwan's far southeast. The high average salary in Hsinchu is likely due to the large number of high-paid IT professionals working in and around the Hsinchu Science Park, while Pingtung is the least accessible and industrialized part of the island.
2. Salaries in rural areas are not necessarily lower than urban areas
The average monthly salary of Miaoli County (NT$35,766), which is much less urbanized, is actually higher than the metropolis of New Taipei City (NT$34,739).
3. Salaries in Taoyuan are far higher than in New Taipei City
Despite the considerably lower cost of living, Taoyuan's average salary of NT$37,278 is substantially higher than the more costly New Taipei City's NT$34,739 average monthly wage.
4. Taichung's salary came in last place of the six major cities
Of Taiwan's six major municipalities, Taichung came in last place, with an average of NT$30,771, even losing to Lienchiang County (Matsu Islands) at NT$33,518 and Kinmen at NT$31,590.
5. The salaries in Keelung City and Yunlin County are higher than Tainan City and Kaohsiung City
Less densely populated Keelung City (NT$34,178) and Yunlin County (NT$34,217) had higher salaries than the big cities of Kaohsiung (NT$32,210) and Tainan (NT$31,669).
|Rank||County or City||Monthly Average Wage|
|6||New Taipei City||NT$34,739|
Many netizens made disparaging comments about Taichung's low average monthly pay:
"Taichung is so low."
"Taichung is really tragic."
"Taichung's birth incentives are just attracting zombies (unregistered births)."
"The underground economy in Taichung is not reporting taxable income, if it did Taichung would be number one in Taiwan."
Others pointed out the relatively low rate of pay seen in New Taipei City in comparison to the cost of living there:
"New Taipei City is the most pathetic."
"New Taipei City's low salary combined with its high cost of living makes living for outsiders very hard."
Still others noticed Taipei's drop in the rankings:
"Taipei's salary dropped really fast..., we can see that the salary is dropping faster and faster."
"Living in Taipei City on NT$40,000 and renting an apartment is more miserable than living in central and southern Taiwan on NT$30,000."
"Miserable Ghost Island salary."