Income taxes and social security contributions take a big bite out of your salary. This chart shows how much the average worker pays in 18 different countries, based on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Taxes and social security on the average salary
This chart shows the federal and local income taxes and social security payments that are deducted from the wages of a single, childless worker making the average salary in their country in 2015. Data for South Africa, China, Brazil, Indonesia and India comes from 2014. The U.S. local tax data is based on combined local and state taxes paid by individuals in Detroit, Michigan. Local and state taxes in this area tend to be lower than average. The U.S. data does not include Medicare contributions. The Chinese data is calculated based on the average urban worker, who pays more than the average rural worker.