Cost of Living in Paris

Summary about cost of living in Paris, France:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 45.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 € 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.50 € 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 € 4.50-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.65 € 2.00-5.63
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.90 € 1.80-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.43 € 1.69-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.36 € 3.41-7.53
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.80 € 0.91-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.53 € 1.50-5.04
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.44 € 3.18-15.88
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.78 € 2.27-9.45
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.05 € 7.26-14.51
Apples (1 lb) 1.38 € 0.45-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 0.92 € 0.54-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.28 € 0.45-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.67 € 0.91-2.49
Potato (1 lb) 0.98 € 0.45-1.59
Onion (1 lb) 0.98 € 0.45-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 1.49 € 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.81 € 0.34-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 9.00 € 5.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.99 € 1.29-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.98 € 1.19-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.50 € 10.00-12.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 € 1.90-2.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 84.00 € 75.00-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 € 2.60-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.66 € 1.82-3.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 45.00 € 31.80-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.54 € 6.42-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 € 20,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,362.50 € 20,000.00-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 203.14 € 127.50-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.19 € 0.05-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30.14 € 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.51 € 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.12 € 10.00-22.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.75 € 10.00-15.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 731.36 € 500.00-1,700.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,428.57 € 12,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 99.19 € 65.00-125.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.35 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 92.88 € 50.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 131.07 € 70.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,292.55 € 950.00-1,750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 958.78 € 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,898.17 € 2,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,937.65 € 1,400.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,171.45 € 929.02-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 818.38 € 650.32-1,021.92
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,660.77 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.83 1.00-2.50

Prices in Paris

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Last update: February 2023
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27 Comments so far
Anonymous on Nov 11, 2022:
Speak for yourselves throughout Europe Asia etc but not for the USA.The USA is oil rich always will be.The OPEC oil ministers hype is just that hype.Usa economy isn't suffering the government is just inflating prices to pad they're already deep coffers but they've been doing it for 40 years.

American Citizen
Anonymous on Nov 09, 2022:
ending war in Ukraine necessary to tackle climate crisis, Zelenskiy says

Zelenskiy was right that not only the Ukraine war but also the corruption of Putin with which everyone in every country is suffering unbearable inflation consequently through Putin's most wicked collusion with either the Mafia OPEC or not so Putin must be disconnected for the salvation of the whole world or else Russia would be disconnected from the rest of the world which means Russia would be banned from selling anything to anyone from all other countries until Putin is stripped off of his power in Russia for good.
Anonymous on Oct 11, 2022:
There is no average salary such an open question.That depends upon your profession skills.Dont get your hopes up too high.Unless you are within a short walking distance to your employment taxi and bus fares will eat up any extra money you may have.The average rent for a studio apartment is 2,000 eur monthly unfurnished.VAT value added tax is currently 21 percent.You cannot afford living in Paris let alone the countryside it's all very expensive.Also you cannot just land in France and expect to get a good wage since you're an unknown remember that.
Ömer dumlu on Jun 15, 2022:
work experience, waiter, barista, cashier and hairdresser, experienced in all branches, I am also an associate degree student
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2021:
For the sake of independence and survival, Europe must immediately ban gas throughout Europe and the gas must be immediately replaced with other cheaper alternatives coming from such as hydropower plant, Nuclear energy, wood, coal, etc which can be independently produced in Europe without requiring dependence from untrustworthy source.

It's time to build Nuclear power plant as much as necessary in order to provide sufficient power for Europe as well as to provide the free city transportation including bus and train powered by electricity in order to discourage the public from using the oil fueled cars as the first step to permanently remove oil dependence from Russia and Russia's manipulated OPEC.
Paul M.Woeller on Mar 29, 2021:
I lived in Paris in the 70's and loved it. I worked in a restaurant La Belle Aurora. Wish I had stayed
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2020:
Transportation has increased triple taking taxi's due to the government putting heavy taxes on carbon emissions.Try to situate yourself within a very central area so you can walk where you need to shop etc.
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2020:
I see that the salary is now above 2,500 EUR which is fair.
However property prices in city center (1 to 11 districts) are above 13,000 EUR according to the notary monthly report of September 2020 and not 12,000 EUR as I can see now. It should be corrected.
The 6e arrondissement or district average price is 15,000 EUR for example :
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2020:
2,300 net salary average (after benefits and income tax) is not correct.
In 2016, the average salary was 2370 according to official figures :

Now in 2020 it should be at least 2,500.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2020:
<quote>Is Paris a good city for someone who wants to study Geography in the university then work and live there?
I think 99 percent of buildings are very old and this is a negative part for me. also structure of the city is very old too.
what's your idea? help me. thanks.
Hi Arthur, your comment sounds a bit odd, i dont know where you come from but most of the big european cities are very old, so indeed the real estate is de facto old... it's usually what gives its charm to these cities. And the truth is, outside the historical center, some poorer or ex-industrial parts of Paris and its suburbs are now giant playground for real estate promoters and architects so big chunks of the city (and around) are getting renewed completely, have a look on the internet if you want to know more. This is part of a giant project that will span over 30 years called "Grand Paris" (Greater Paris) and also in sight of the upcoming olympic games in 2024.
About the prices, the biggest problem is -as everyone below already stated- the rents which are huge compared to the salaries, and when you're a student it's even more complicated.
Talking about the structure of the city, i dont know what is and old structure compared to a new structure... each city has a different layout so what did you mean exactly ?
Arthur on Mar 03, 2020:
Is Paris a good city for someone who wants to study Geography in the university then work and live there?
I think 99 percent of buildings are very old and this is a negative part for me. also structure of the city is very old too.
what's your idea? help me. thanks.
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2020:
Continuing from previous post.
So to make it simple , one salary going on living and expenses, and another salary can pay of credit of apartment car , and holidays ... This is most real picture ..
Minja on Jan 18, 2020:
Paris housing is quite expensive in town. Suburbs cost less but then also class of people change , and drop in culture , cleanliness of streets and overall feeling is that you're far away from mighty west ..
Salary is around 2000€ , but still there are 1300€ low or 3000€ higher , depending a lot of position and work experience. To say , no any professional higher education , you will be around 1500-1800€. Knowing some skills or do example plumbing , electricity , heating , you will get higher salary if you do your own business and open company. If you speak both English and French rhis is good and can open door to many jobs like client support , working on airport , and other companies that need daily contact on English , then you can expect 2000+ euros again depends on your previous experience.
When you have 2 workers in home both to say earning about 4000€ , and you are living 30 km from Paris , you can find equiped apartment for 700-1200 euros and then for food and bills you will spend around 300-400 for food , and around 120-170 for bills all included. So let's say you find apartment of 40m2 for 1200 with bills included , you pay nice medium quality food 400 per month , transportation if there is no car , just public 150 that's already
Veer Singh on Nov 12, 2019:
I search new job as Assistant professor in France. I have master degree in plant pathology Agriculture and have 2 year teaching experience
To-ToGuyMar on Nov 08, 2019:
Sorry, but that is wrong.
Average net salary in provincial France (everywhere except Paris) is 2250€ netto.
So of course it is higher in Paris.

Website shows net salary after tax:

I don't know what extreme taxes you are talking about. I live in Germany and tax rate on my gross salary is a lot higher. After that, my health expenditures are less reimbursed in Germany than in France, unemployment money payout is more restricted than in France, my income protection is not made on a company basis like in France so that I have to pay from my own pocket otherwise I don't get anything after 6 month of illness in Germany, and retirement age is 68 in Germany (vs. 62 in France).
So yes, I think it is fair to pay those "EXTREME" taxes you are so much complaining about.
Anonymous on Jun 21, 2019:
How is part-time job in paris? How much salary per hour?
hemanth on Jun 19, 2019:
what is the cost of living in paris including the housing for a student who shares a sigle seated room.
ToGuyMar on Apr 18, 2019:
To GuyMar: Yes it is. Brutto salary is a lot higher, but after all EXTREME taxes, its about 2000€ monthly +-100€.
GuyMar on Apr 17, 2019:
Average monthly salary in Paris is not 1'900€ after tax!! Otherwise nobody could afford to live there.
The city itself is of course very expensive (Rent) but salaries are a lot higher!
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
To # swathi Read the prices on Numbeo they're fairly accurate.
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
I once tried to purchase a man, but they called the police and I had to run away
I don't know what's wrong with Paris, but apparently, you can't buy slaves to do your 'bidding'. This is outrageous! How am I supposed to satisfy myself.
I once saw some fresh children, and I barely managed to escape the police. Honestly, Paris is so different to Afghanistan. I should have never illegally immigrated her in the first place.
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2019:
Once Macron is gone and the yellow vests finish burning France there'll be a huge fire sale, cheap cheap good good.
Slim on Mar 13, 2019:
I want to add that rent is very high in Paris. You may find an appartement of 14m2 with 700 euro. However if you want to rent a decent appartment you will search around Paris. The life is very very very expensive. Much you will be paid much you will pay taxes.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2019:
Excuse me I beg to differ but France isn't still one of the richest economy's in the world.I live in Paris along with many relatives.I really don't understand why you think that France still has an average salary of 1900 Euros each month especially since the euro has lost much of it's value and continues to do so daily.Quite frankly keep the Lev and convince the Bulgarian president not to drop the Lev just to be a member of the Eurozone.Otherwise Bulgaria will be in the same financial mess as France and other members of the Eurozone.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2019:
Just wandering:
With an average net salary of 1900 Euro (and this is average, what about workers, bus drivers, hair-dressers etc. who may earn a portion of that) and 1200 Euro just for a very basic apartment rent and utilities:
How do you guys manage to survive? Food, clothes, car, education for the children, healthcare, vacation?
All this things should actually be affordable by the middle class European citizen (and France is still one of the richest economies worldwide...)
I don't know what to think. I am from Bulgaria, we are supposed to be the poorest country in EU. Things aren't great here, we have lot's of other problems, but I can afford all those without any problems at all...
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2019:
I agree the monthly wage isn't correct at all,more like 700 eur per month.Macron and his cohorts ie french government continues to bleed the public dry financially and security wise no doubt.Americans are far too intelligent as to let France rip us off.France and the rest of Europe's currency is obviously on a downward spiral to the land of no return.Trump got out of the Paris climate Accord for this reason.The french government was pocketing the money.The U S military has pulled much of it's military personnel and equipment out of France and Europe.Gone are the days of free rides Europe enjoyed which U S taxpayers footed the bills solely.Its amazing how soon people in Europe forget how the U S has protected them for 70 plus years.Nobody around the world offered to help the U S when 911 happened,not even a phone call from Europe.FYI the U S didn't ask for any help either,but a gesture would've been the respectable thing to do.To those of you that may think the next president will fall in line as it used to be with Europe protecting them, think again.Many people think Trump is an enemy of Europe,not the case at all.WE THE PEOPLE are alive and well in the USA.WE THE PEOPLE don't care about Europe nor the rest of the world for that matter.Fight your own battles ie wars.WE THE PEOPLE don't care if you all kill each other, just as long as we get to watch.
AL SMART on Jan 13, 2019:
Everything is insanely OVERPRICED in Paris right now... especially real estate! There are thousands of vacant apartments lying unsold in all areas of Paris right now and property prices have already started plunging. This filthy city in Europe is now made even more undesirable and unsafe due to the issues of uncontrolled immigration, crime and Yellow Vest riots. It is inevitable that real estate prices in Paris and most other French cities will PLUNGE within the next couple of years. There are a couple of dubious online publications trying to trick Americans and Canadians by touting France as a wonderful place to buy property and retire overseas. If you follow their advice you will LOSE a lot of your money very soon!