Koreans Earned 1.91 Mil. Won a Month, Worked 51.7 Hours a Week in 2006: Report
Date: November 27, 2007
Koreans earned an average 1.91 million won ($2,053) a month and worked 51.7 hours a week last year, a state-run employment statistics service said Monday (Nov. 26). The findings of the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) from a survey of 75,276 households nationwide in September-November 2006, also showed that the average age of workers was 43. The survey, conducted on both salaried workers and self-employed businessmen and employers, showed the latter earning more. Self-employed businessmen and employers made a little over 1.99 million won a month compared to 1.88 million won for salaried workers. KEIS said that by profession, lawyers made the most, earning 8.49 million won a month, followed by airline pilots who made 6.89 million won on average. Those working in the financial and insurance sectors had the third largest salaries, taking home 5.98 million won. The report by the information service of the Labor Ministry said that while the average age of Korean workers stood at 43, the ages of those in the agricultural and fisheries sectors exceeded 60. On average, a worker was employed at one job for 10.5 years, with people working in the accommodation sector putting in the longest workweek at 76.1 hours. This was followed by chefs in Japanese restaurants at 70.1 hours and cooks in Chinese eateries at 69.7 hours.