The graph below was created using Google’s chart tools.
The bar graph shows how much take home pay (net pay) is as a percentage of gross pay (salary income) for five European countries and for the United States.
The European country data represents a range of take home pay as a percentage of gross salary for all European Union countries plus Russia. The range is from the lowest net pay taken home (Belgium – 49 % of gross salary) to the highest net pay taken home (Liechtenstein – 90 % of gross salary).
The data on the graph is based on an AGN International survey and analysis done in Europe, summarized at a PDF file. Click here to go the file.
The data for the United States is based on a Cato Institute analysis (Dean Stansel, author) done in the United States. This analysis is in a PDF file. Click here to go to the file.
The graph gives a good sense of the range of take home pay in much of the industrialized west. The Cato data is dated, but likely the percentage amount has not changed materially over the years.