It’s the old U.S. versus Scandinavia debate – one which gets especially heated among the Scandinavians living the United States:

Are lower taxes, higher net salary, and, in turn, less of a governmental safety net versus a higher taxes, equalling a lower salary, but the bill for healthcare and education is footed by the government, better?

What if you didn’t have to choose? A high salary, lower tax rates, and a safety net in the form of free healthcare among many other things?

Well, look no further, these are the jobs in Sweden you need to apply for.




1. Bank, Finance and Insurance Executives (level I)

Perhaps not the best job in the world if you are worried about your stress levels, but with an average salary of 124,100 SEK (= $14,250) a month, we’re guessing this specific group of people consider it to be worth it.

The top executives in these industries are on average the highest earners in Sweden, with many of them actually making a lot more than the above-mentioned salary, thanks to their staggering bonuses.



2. Broker 

And we haven’t left the lucrative world of finance just yet. Second, on the list of highest earners in Sweden are the brokers in finance. With the average salary coming in at around 82 500 SEK (= $9,400). Brokers usually work with a partly commission based salary, meaning that the really good ones could bring home more than 1-2 million SEK (= 100-200k $)




3. Physicians 

According to statistics from the Swedish Medical Association, an experienced brain surgeon earns on an average of about 900,000 SEK a year, totaling around $103,350 in annual income. Guessing that’s more than fair with the close to 12 years of higher education needed to become a specialist doctor.




4. Government Executives

These executives are among the best-paid government employees. As with all titles, the salary for these varies depending on the organization. The head of The Swedish Transport Administration, for example, makes around 170,000 SEK a month (= $19,500) while the head of The Swedish Gene Technology Advisory Board makes around 70,000 SEK (=$8,000) a month.

Why do the salaries between the two differ so much? Good question. We don’t know. But the average salary for government executives is around 76,400 SEK (= $8,700) a month. Quite an okay amount of cheddar.




5. Managing Directors/ CEO’s

Not sure how much wiser we are knowing that the average salary for Managing Directors and CEO’s is around 75 800 SEK (= $8,700) a month. In this specific category, it’s important to remember the wide range of companies that have a CEO or Managing Director.




6. CFO’s 

Average monthly salary: 71 500 SEK (= $8,200)




7.Bank, Finance and Insurance Executives (level II)

Average monthly salary: 71 200 SEK (= $8,170)

8. Research and R&D Executives 

Average monthly salary: 69 800 (= $8,000)

9. Head of clinics and operations – Healthcare 

Average monthly salary: 68 400 SEK (= $7,850)

10. IT Executives

Average monthly salary: 66 400 SEK (= $7,620)

This article was originally published on September 17, 2019

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