Cost of Living in Taipei

Summary about cost of living in Taipei:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 NT$ 100.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 850.00 NT$ 600.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 120.00 NT$ 110.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 NT$ 45.00-70.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 60.00 NT$ 45.00-100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 74.83 NT$ 50.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 26.63 NT$ 20.00-32.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 19.94 NT$ 15.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 351.50 NT$ 302.83-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 47.06 NT$ 31.75-63.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 48.05 NT$ 22.68-90.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 62.31 NT$ 49.20-85.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 305.22 NT$ 181.44-408.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 107.31 NT$ 81.65-136.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 287.58 NT$ 158.76-498.95
Apples (1 lb) 53.41 NT$ 29.48-136.08
Banana (1 lb) 37.59 NT$ 22.68-45.36
Oranges (1 lb) 34.89 NT$ 22.68-58.97
Tomato (1 lb) 50.22 NT$ 33.57-68.04
Potato (1 lb) 37.04 NT$ 22.68-54.43
Onion (1 lb) 30.02 NT$ 18.14-45.36
Lettuce (1 head) 45.00 NT$ 30.00-69.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 39.17 NT$ 20.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 NT$ 300.00-600.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 46.19 NT$ 35.00-60.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 57.14 NT$ 45.00-100.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 100.00 NT$ 90.00-100.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 NT$ 15.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,500.00 NT$ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 70.00 NT$ 70.00-85.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 40.23 NT$ 24.14-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 225.00 NT$ 150.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 101.55 NT$ 94.64-113.56
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000.00 NT$ 900,000.00-1,200,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 684,466.67 NT$ 600,000.00-800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,687.19 NT$ 1,200.00-4,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 6.14 NT$ 4.00-9.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 788.61 NT$ 500.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,513.09 NT$ 1,100.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 415.56 NT$ 200.00-600.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 NT$ 280.00-320.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 15,190.48 NT$ 8,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 600,000.00 NT$ 400,000.00-900,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,552.17 NT$ 1,500.00-3,600.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,238.33 NT$ 800.00-1,800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,718.40 NT$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,468.75 NT$ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,781.25 NT$ 11,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,500.00 NT$ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 38,695.65 NT$ 30,000.00-50,942.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23,907.43 NT$ 17,500.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 26,550.14 NT$ 20,438.50-37,160.91
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 13,451.47 NT$ 9,290.23-18,580.45
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 60,139.70 NT$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.13 1.50-3.00

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Last update: February 2018
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69 Comments so far

#Jessica Hinz on Feb 08, 2018 :
It says average, why people here just crying about their low wage and said it's not true?
The data just proved that a lot of people actually make higher income than you.
So stop complain and be a man.
#BitCoinAce on Feb 08, 2018 :
Anonymous Actually a lot of the pay listed below is lower if you account for the hours they work in Taiwan.
Min Wage is 21k.
Nurses work a lot of OT to make 50k as do office workers.
For a Flight attendant to make 100k its rare and must be putting crazy hours or not located in Taipei. Some choose Macau or HK and get paid more.
Their actually salary based off 40hr week would be worse than what Anonymous writes lol..sadly
#Taipei Boi on Feb 08, 2018 :
I lived in Taipei for 7 years.

Most of Anonymous figures are right. Just a couple items off mentioned below
1. Min wage
2. Nurse Salary
#VisaWaiverForTaiwan on Oct 10, 2017 :
No visa waiver has been granted to Taiwan Since president Tsai Ing-wen has been in the office in 2016.

Asean nations don't see sincerity in the new southbound policy initiated by Tsai Ing-wen because unlike other respectable nations which act diplomatically and proficiently to achieve the reciprocal permanent visa waivers, Tsai Ing-wen instead offered a 1 year visa waiver to asean nations and even demanded the receiver nations to offer the reciprocal visa in return brazenly which asean nations took her request as an insult instead and abhorrently ignored her request in response. With this 1 year visa waiver by Tsai Ing-wen, asean nations would understand how bad her deplomatic tactic, kind of no brainer it is, unlike never seen before among all of her predecessors who have secured permanent visa waivers for Taiwan from among the greatest nations of this world so Taiwanese can visit pretty much places in europe and america visa free which I believe Tsai Ing-wen also enjoys herself of her predecessors' effort before, without thinking to continue her predecessors's effort at all, it is absolutely regrettable.

South Korea is a level player of Taiwan in term of economics. South Korea was always behind Taiwan until 2008, thanks to the effort of Tsai Ing-wen's boss as well as her predecessor Chen Shui-bian who took the president office from 2000-2008 who left Taiwan with no energy to push forward in greater economics fight with the then sole competitor South Korea because he created division, corruption and wasting among Taiwan society which has been dragging Taiwan since then until now so Taiwan is far left behind South Korea in term of economics. Taiwan seems to have no way to overtake South Korea anymore since the division, corruption and wasting have been continuing under the present president term.

South Korea is a people nation, meaning the South Korea government have been fighting for the right and privilege of its people, especially in area of visa waive access. So people of the South Korea have the privilege of visa waiver access almost covering to the whole asean nation as well as all of the visa waiver privileges which Taiwan people enjoy in europe and america.
South Korea have reciprocal 3-months visa waivers with these nations, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, etc but Taiwan have no visa waiver with any of these mentioned nations at all which the people of South Korea currently enjoys, how sad it is for the people of Taiwan because the Taiwan government is sleeping instead of fighting for its people for the visa waiver privilege unlike the people-oriented South Korea government.

People of Taiwan is NOT hoping and expecting the government of Tsai Ing-wen to create a miracle of better economics upon the current worsen economics left behind by Chen Shui-bian because of people of Taiwan don't have trust in her sincerity unless she break her tie clean with the rich gang of the accomplices of the corrupt leader Chen Shui-bian and proves as an uncorruptedable leader of Taiwan government.
But at least for the people of Taiwan, Taiwan people have only one expectation and it is also their greatest expectation from the government of Tsai Ing-wen which is to secure and recover the privilege of visa waivers as much as the visa waiver privileges the people of South Korea enjoys nowadays. Or else could Tsai Ing-wen please explain what you can achieve in your president term or drag down Taiwan any further to a corner when your president term is up, worse than the situation of Taiwan during your predecessor Chen Shui-bian was in the office. if you couldn't fulfill even one wish of the people of Taiwan, what the meaning of your existence as a president to the people of Taiwan would be. One achievement of this expectation, the people of Taiwan would remember you forever, but not whatever you're doing now would get Taiwan to nowhere which you shall certainly realize after many years of retirement from your president office.

Creation of visa waiver must be worked out between nations in sincere manner in permanent basis indeed so to secure permanent visa waiver Tsai Ing-wen must send her capable delegations to nations where she would like to establish reciprocal permanent visa waivers with, not kind of using her spokesman from her office broadcasting her message which was insincere and would never be accepted by other nations which Taiwan would like to establish reciprocal permanent visa waivers with.
So Taiwan must be sincere in both cooperation and actions to achieve securing the permanent visa waiver with many nations the soonest possible which the South Korea government have already long secured for its people.
#Chris Poscal on Sep 18, 2017 :
#Taipei your wage is 22K probably because you don't have any particular skill.
Most of my Taiwanese friends get like 35K to 45K, some even Higher.

It's the same issue in US and Canada, you'll get only $1,500 USD or lower a month if you work as service retail.
$1,500 USD is probably the $15K TWD living standard in Taiwan, you can't even pay the rent in US
so you'll need to get a second job or something.

So you need to think about why you only get 22K and a lot of people in Taiwan have better wage than you.
#Taipeir on Sep 11, 2017 :
Anonymous is mostly right, 20 years resident of Taipei here.

Min wage is 22k /mth now.
Flight attendants make around 60 or 70k average.

Nurses prob 50k if they can hack the bad hours.

Most of the other figures about right as averages. Hsinchu city has the highest salaried earners in Taiwan due to electronic engineers in huge electronics companies .

The earnings in Taipei are skewed higher partly because of highly paid governnent workers
#Jessica Waltson on Aug 24, 2017 :
#Anonymous you're so wrong
Minimum wage is higher, and Flight attendant are usually higher than 60K
I have a friend in China Airlines, she makes almost 100K a month.
EVA Air usually around 70K.
Nurses are higher than 50K, 40K is for graduates.
#Blah on Aug 16, 2017 :
Minimum wage is 21,009 so the premise of your figures are wrong.

The figures here in no way factor in how much millionaires and billionaires make. Which billionaire would come up here and contribute the statistics with their monthly income? Don't be silly.
#Anonymous on Aug 02, 2017 :
90% of people working in Taipei make from 22;-68k a month. College grads often make 22k a month out of College and those with a Master Degree start at 30,000NT a month. They spend about 5 years to make 40k a month. An Engineer might make 50k-75k a month. The only reason the Average is skewed to 70k is because Taipei has millionaires and billionaires that skew these numbers. It in NO WAY represents what the everyday working Taiwanese or Foreigner generally makes.

Min Wage 18,000
Factory Work 18,000-20,000
Typical Office Worker 22,000-40,000
Nurse 30,000-40,000
Taxi Driver 60,000-70,000
Flight Attendant 50,000-60,000?
Foreign English Teacher 55,000-70,000
Engineer 50,000-70,000
Doctor 150,000-400,000
Foreigner Specialist with Foreign Income---150,000-300,000
#Anonymous on Aug 02, 2017 :
For 225k monthly you can get an excellent house. I wouldn't worry you can get a brand new apartment in the middle of the city... All the locals and foreigners..Everyone uses to look for houses to rent.
#Gary smith on Jun 02, 2017 :
Hi, i am offered 225k monthly. What kind of housing can i expect for my family and what would be effective salart (minus taxes)
#Joe Blow on Apr 07, 2017 :
Is 45k NTD enough for Taipei or perhaps a 2nd tier city in Taiwan?
#Anshuman Sahai on Mar 22, 2017 :
I am offered a post-doc position here in NTU, Taipei. But they didn't disclosed the salary. Can anyone help me to negotiate the good salary as I am need to know the current cost of living/food/travel/insurance with sharing (if allowed in Taiwan)
#Jessica White on Feb 01, 2017 :
#madhawan misra
I think it's the same problem around the world.
Even you have full time job in EU or Canada, still can't afford living there.
#madhawan misra on Jan 18, 2017 :
#manu narang

They must be out of their mind to offer you something like 30k!! i average nearly 75k and still can not afford to enjoy a lavish life
#Jessica White on Dec 30, 2016 :
#manu narang
No, 30K is not enough to survive in Taipei.
Cost of living in Taipei is crazy high.
#manu narang on Dec 22, 2016 :
Is 30 K NTD per month to live in taipei. I need to join there as a Quality analyst ?? and is my renumeration is competent enough for the prevailing rates in taiwan..
#Jessica Wilson on Nov 08, 2016 :
All high income workers are all in Taipei city, of course
#Gain on Nov 05, 2016 :
Actually the average salary of 65000-70000k is possible because a) it's only measuring the Taipei city proper, all the richest people live there, and b) it does correspond to the official household income report.
#Josh Connor on Aug 18, 2016 :
I work in Hsinchu science park, they give me 150K a month.
Very nice !
#Sathia on Aug 16, 2016 :
Would like to know the monthly expense of vegeterian without drinks, cigarette, non veg.
I have to join there as a software developer.
#No on Aug 12, 2016 :
An "average salary" is deceptive and means nothing. You should use the median salary. My girlfriend who is a college educated nurse only makes about 36k ntd each month.
#Taiwannabe on Aug 11, 2016 :
Hi All,

We are a couple moving to Taipei in January. Are there any good trade fairs to meet employers or find opportunities there?

Thank you!
#Anatoly on Aug 04, 2016 :
The average rent price of 1 bedroom in city center is outdated, that was about 12-15 years ago, now you can only rent a studio for 15-20 k. The average salary of 65 k is also unreal, yes, some people make over 100k, but most uni graduates only have 25-30 k, those with uni degree and 5-10 years of experience can get around 50-60k.
#James Todd on Aug 03, 2016 :
I do believe the average is 65K
Because some people to make more than 100K
That's why we call it " average "
It's like Canada here, the average in come is 80K TWD
But most of young people only get 47K, which is not enough to living in cities.
#Anonymous on Jul 31, 2016 :
Average salary 65K NT?! That's bullshit seriously. You only get that kind of pay in Taipei at least 10 years of work experience (provided you are really fortunate to keep hopping from one company to another every 3-5 years and promote at least once every 2-3 years). However,buying a house is virtually impossible in Taipei for new generation people.
#Anonymous on Jul 15, 2016 :
Taiwan is one of the four asian tigers in term of economic power. However, Taiwan is the only country being discriminated not being provided with the Thailand visa waiver and the other 3 asian tigers already long secured the Thailand visa waiver, South Korea with 3 months Thailand visa waiver, Hong Kong and Japan with each 1 month Thailand visa waiver.

On top of being discriminated by Thailand not providing the Thailand visa waiver to Taiwan among Taiwan's asian tigers members, the current Tsai president foolishly announced to give a one month Taiwan free visa access to Thailand from this August but Taiwanese are not still provided the reciprocal Thailand visa waiver. So the interest of Taiwanese is totally ignored by the current Tsai president and her government.

Comparing the contribution of visa waiver between the current Tsai president to the previous Ma president, Taiwanese enjoy 0 count of visa waiver under Tsai president so Taiwanese really miss the contribution of the previous Ma president who secured many visa waivers for Taiwanese from many countries including great UK, US, all Europe, etc.

So not sure anymore whether or not Tsai president is a Thailand citizen since she want to protect the interest of Thailand instead of the interest of Taiwanese. If this were the case, Taiwanese solemnly urge Tsai president to step down and instead serve Thai people in Thailand since she is not willing to serve the interest of Taiwanese anymore.

Or else Taiwanese solemnly urge Tsai president to secure the reciprocal Thailand free waiver for Taiwanese before providing the one month Taiwan free visa access to Thailand just like what the previous Ma president contributed before.
#CK on Jun 12, 2016 :
I'd love to help you, do you have any contact like email or insta?
#TaiwaneseFool on Jun 10, 2016 :
It seems under the secret instruction of the president of the Taiwan new government, a hung lady aggressively discriminated many very old soldiers recently in public places such as on public bus, in park, etc who were coming along with the president Chaing to Taiwan in 1949 and shamed them for not going back to the mainland China and for being financially supported by the taiwanese which is not true because president Chaing brought the great wealth of the whole China to Taiwan along with him in 1949 which was used to develop the economy of Taiwan rapidly as never seen before in Taiwan history to the extent of Taiwan becoming a proud member of the four dragons in Asia in term of economic power. This hung lady also mentioned she and taiwanese were the offspring of Japanese and said American brought the rubbish old soldiers to Taiwan so the rubbish old soldiers should ask American to return them to where they were coming from.

Let's clarify the identity of Taiwan, Taiwan has always been an inseperated part of mainland China except during 1895 to 1945 where Japan possessed Taiwan because China lost the 1895 Sino-Japan war and gave in the Japan demand of passing Taiwan in the treaty. However, Taiwan was finally returned to the mainland China from it was lost during the Qing dynasty to the republic of China under the great leadership of KMT president Chaing right after WW2 where Japan lost the 1945 Sino-Japan war.
So KMT president Chaing was actually the Savior of Taiwan which the current Taiwan new government must acknowledge the accomplishment of KMT president Chaing for Taiwan liberation because it is the true. The true is like the light and the light always defeats the darkness eventually so the current Taiwan new government should not be in darkness but instead have a correct vision like the light which should lead to the right peaceful direction.

Taiwan has been returned to the mainland China right after WW2 as mentioned earlier and is no longer belonged to Japan. So those who claimed to be the offspring of Japanese seeking the right of motherland on Taiwan should go back to Japan because Taiwan is not a part of Japan anymore since the end of WW2. Since the identity of Taiwan has been clear, it is time to expel the very daughter of Japan, hung lady fox to where she mentioned belonged to but afraid Japan may not want this old-men-bullying ugly old useless fox.
#NoTyranny on May 28, 2016 :
International community should be aware of the undemocratic actions of the new Taiwan government which is turning itself into more and more like an Undemocratic Tyranny.

The new Taiwan government recently announced to seize or recover money by Force from the saving of people who fail to pay the fee of the national health insurance.
Most of the fee of the national health insurance is directly deducted through the salary. And those who did not pay the fee of the national health insurance are the unemployed Taiwanese. So it seems the new Taiwan government is targeting to punish and destroy the unemployed Taiwanese not paying the fee of the national health insurance instead of providing benefit and subsidy like UK, etc.

The international community have to stand up to protect the unemployed Taiwanese from being exploited by force undemocratically without human right by the Tyranny of the new Taiwan government and demand the new Taiwan government to govern her people democratically along with human right or the new Taiwan government should be shut off from the international community for punishment, not allowing to participate such as world health organization, etc
Please remember your action today benefits you an unexpected protection tomorrow, thanks to the effort of international community for human right and democracy.
#NoAdvertisementOnPaidChannels on May 28, 2016 :
Almost all of the paid television channels in Taiwan waste as much as 50% of the watching time of their customers through advertising. Only CNN and Disney channels almost do not have advertisings.

Comparing the Taiwan's paid channels to the free channels in Mainland China, you would be surprised to see the quality of the the Mainland China's free channels is much better, especially for news, unlike Taiwan's news channels which repeating even insignificant, unworthy, rubbish news throughout the days or even for 2 or 3 days as Taiwan's news channels have only a very few news to broadcast even sometimes or many times steals news from Japan , how unworthy of the Taiwan's news channels really is. The Mainland China's free channels does not repeat a lot, just 2 or 3 times the most, not throughout the days, all kind of worthy local and international news are well covered but does not steal the work of others like Taiwan's news channels does. Advertisement on the Mainland China's free channels is much less than a third of the Taiwan's paid channels. And a few of the the Mainland China's free channels have no advertising and broadcast worthy programs throughout the day.

the Taiwan's paid channels should not include advertising as they are not free channels. And if the Taiwan's paid channels want to earn advertisement, they must be turned into free channels in order to return justice and fairness to the viewer of the Taiwan's paid channels.
#Nicholas on May 28, 2016 :
Hey guys am swedish and i want to study engineering in Taipei and I want some opinions of those that live/have lived in Taipei would be very helpful! Also i would like to know how the whall youth culture is , as how they have fun and if they speak english in general. Thanks
#EconomyContributor on May 25, 2016 :
Stock market of Taiwan was tax free for both stock trading and dividend earning before the previous president Ma.

Ma throughout his life was in the government office and is not worldly sophisticated in the matter of running the better economy, but instead was calculating too much for tax earning even to every corner ignoring the bigger picture resulting to the extent of destroying Taiwan economy.

Stock market was once the only place where Taiwanese enjoy trading stock and earning a small amount of dividend without any burden of tax.
Taiwanese investing in the stock market also tremendously benefit the economy of Taiwan because it allows the businesses to access the needed fund through the stock market and enable the operation of the businesses to run smoothly which generate a lot of employment.

Since tax was imposed for both stock trading and dividend earning, most people continuously withdraw their fund from the stock market and this has started hurting the economy of Taiwan until now unlike never seen before and much businesses were either collapsed or force closed and this result continuous job loss across all industries since then.

So for the sake of restoring the healthy economy of Taiwan, the new Taiwan government must abolish the tax imposed by the previous president Ma for stock trading, dividend earning and the changes of the rest related to the stock.

Please remember the Taiwanese investing in the stock market are indeed helping and contributing towards the better economy of Taiwan and it is absolutely wrong to punish these great people with tax burden.
#EndingNowhere on May 24, 2016 :
The new Taiwan government is going to to force the unemployed Taiwanese to pay for the 年金 insurance within a year probably starting from 5th May 2017.

The unemployed Taiwanese are the most pitiful creature among the developed counties because they do not receive benefits or subsidies from their government unlike the other developed countries. Even worse, the jobless Taiwanese also currently have to pay the heath insurance which costs them at least 700 Taiwan dollar a month.

The 年金 insurance is only targeted to the jobless Taiwanese and it would cost them at least 850 Taiwan dollar a month. The most terrible part, the unemployed Taiwanese would be heavily fined with the amount ranging from thousands to ten of thousand for the late payment of the 年金 insurance fee. The new Taiwan government also mentioned the relatives such as spouse, etc were also responsible for the payment of the 年金 insurance fee of their jobless Taiwanese.

Probably from 5th May 2017 , the unemployed Taiwanese have to pay both fees of the 年金 heath insurance and the 年金 insurance which would cost them at least 1,500 Taiwan dollar a month (700 + 850 =1550).

TV broadcast a sorrowful news repeatedly today through all news channels which mentioned a Taiwanese family of 5, husband, wife (born 1990 very young), 3 sons (., 6, 8 years old respectively) committed suicide by burning charcoal and their landlord found their dead bodies in their room today. The landlord said they owed them 4 months of rent with the total amount of 36,000 Taiwan dollar. There were also a bill of warning of late payment of electricity fee in front of the door. It was said the electricity was long cut off before they committed suicide, meaning they had lived in their flat without electricity for many weeks or probably months before they committed suicide.

So given the current sorrowful situation of the unemployed Taiwanese, further forcing them to pay for the 年金 insurance out of their empty pocket of the unemployed Taiwanese is indeed very heartless. Hope the new Taiwan government would be merciful not only to the unemployed Taiwanese but also to the government itself because revolution always arises out of this kind of hopeless situation throughout the history. Instead the new Taiwan government must cancel the program of subsidizing 20,000 Taiwan dollar for the new salary of 31,500 Taiwan dollar and reduce the living cost to alleviate the burden of its mass people. Affordability which also means cheap is the secret that makes people content and happy. The right decision you, the new Taiwan government, make would leave you a good mark in future history or else it would be endless curses.
#LiarChannel54 on May 23, 2016 :
Channel 54 (SET) broadcast a program yesterday which mentioned the wage of Singapore is 3 times of Taiwan.

So far Singapore set a minimum wage for cleaners and the wage was set at 1,000 Singapore dollar, but many people still get paid under the minimum wage, meaning many people in Singapore get paid less than 1k Singapore dollar.
At the link below, Singaporean Madam Lim Bee Kiow's wage is just 850 Singapore dollar per month.

1,000 Singapore dollar is equivalent to 23,673 Taiwan dollar at the current exchange rate.
So according to the claiming of the Channel 54, the salary of Taiwanese is a third of Singaporean, meaning dividing 23,673 Taiwan dollar by 3 results 7891 Taiwan dollar (23,673 / 3 = 7891).

So need the Channel 54 to clarify where and whom in Taiwan get paid a wage with the amount of 7891 Taiwan dollar per month.
If not available, the Channel 54 must apologize to all Taiwanese viewers they cheated through its untrue program and promise not to cheat again through its broadcasting.
#TaiwanAtEdge on May 22, 2016 :
The new taiwan government took over the office on 20th May, the day before yesterday. Yesterday one day after taking over taking over the office, announced to raise the bottom salary from 22k Taiwan dollar to 31.5k Taiwan dollar and said the government would subsidize 20k Taiwan dollar over the new salary, 31.5k.

No nation on earth is rich enough to subsidize 20,000 Taiwan dollar per person per month. So this new policy from the new government shall not only cripple the credibility of the taiwan government as the government indeed has no sufficient fund to support this destruction policy so consequently need to print endless money which consequently would not be accepted by the international market to the extent of currency collapsion, but also burden the affordabiliy of employment for the employers in the future probably when the government collapsed due to the over-funding of this very stupid policy.

Hope the new government would be prudent and cancel this death policy immediately.
And instead use a small amount of fund to subside where the people need either employed or unemployed, and restore the living cost to an affordable level and this would help much more people in need than subsidizing 20k taiwan dollar per month individually.
#ForStableGovernment on May 20, 2016 :
Taipei is extremely expensive now.

3 years ago, a meal with pork curry was 70 Taiwan dollar, but now the price has been raised to 120 Taiwan dollar at the Peacock[direct translation of the restaurant's Myanmar name] restaurant [70% price raising] in the Taipei's Myanmar town.
Beef price also raises 136% compared to 3 years ago, a pack of 0.6kg beef was 99 Taiwan dollar, 165 Taiwan dollar per 1kg in 2012, but right now it costs 390 Taiwan dollar per 1kg to buy the same beef.
Rice price also raise at least 70% compared to 3 years ago. Government should protect the interest of the mass instead of the greedy useless farmers, and if needed, very cheap India, Vietnam, Thailand rice should be imported duty free.
From the above, everyone is well aware most businesses are turning more and more greedy and ripping off defendless Taipei populace because of the lack of the protection from the Taipei government.

Government might consider raising salary to resolve the above issue, but there is an excruciating consequence with raising salary that would result jobs cutoff across all industries to the extent of uncontrollable situation.

So the best way to tackle the issues is to control the price and return the price to an acceptable level immediately, and doing so businesses would still benefit, not a loss at all but would no longer make a fortune out of ripping off customers.

It is also noteworthy to consider a proverb of previous China dynasties which is sufficient food for populace, this means each of the previous China dynasties did not allow businesses to manipulate in the food market which is also the real secret behind the stable dynasty.

Living cost of Thailand is even getting lower compared to 3 years ago, thanks to the lower gas price. Taipei government has a lot to learn humbly from the great Thailand in order to benefit the residents of Taipei.
#FactsAboutTaipei on Apr 10, 2016 :
Average earning for fresh uni graduate is around 28000 NT/month. Cost per meal (1 pax) on average is around 100 NT if you eat outside (cheaper of course if you cook on your own). Hence, meal alone, it will set you back around 7000~10000 NT/month, another 1000~1500 NT for transport. According to the official report from ministry of manpower of Taiwan, more than 700 Taiwanese choose to migrate to other countries like US, Japan, Korea, Singapore just to name a few.
#reignOFmanipulation on Feb 08, 2016 :
in a month from last month to until today, most asian currencies has been enormously appreciated like japan, thailand bath appreciated 1 whole bath from 36.5 to 35.5 bath per a us dollar in less than a month.

thanks to the asian currency appreciation, the taiwan central bank temporarily stops its almost daily interference activities of taiwan currency depreciation which the taiwan central bank has been carrying on over 1 year according to the us government's analyzed data so the value of taiwan currency is stuck at around 33.5 taiwan currency per a us dollar at the moment. however, this "stuck" signal is not a good sign while most currecies are being appreciated so expect resumption of terrible continued currency depreciation by the taiwan central bank very soon.

indeed the taiwan central bank makes a fortune monthly like about 700 million us dollar with is interference of currency devaluation during over the last one year because the taiwan central bank prints worthless taiwan currency and endlessly buy us dollar worth of about 700 million every month so this results endless taiwan currency depreciation.

most central bank of other countries do not interfere in the currency market even just a day in a month unless necessary unlike dishonest taiwan. it is a disgrace to see taiwan depreciating its currency almost daily during over the whole last year.

the taiwan central bank should be accountable with the billions dollar earning it makes from its whole-year interference of taiwan currency depreciation. where is the money or how they waste the money or who pocket the money?

taiwan money printer is very good until now but soon it might be turned into paper printer because sooner or later most countries shall realize the dishonest behavior of the taiwan central bank and then consequently shall not trust its bountiful paper currency thus shall no longer be welcomed in international currency market.

with the already choked international diplomacy, adding the currency collapse may predict the end of taiwan without a surpise.
#TaipeiTooExpensive on Feb 03, 2016 :
Taiwan accommodation is extremely expensive, even more expensive than the more developed Japan.

At Osaka, Japan, you can get a single room at the price of TWD 278, USD 8.3 (Reference ; hotel name : Hotel Diamond, Osaka)

At Taipei, Taiwan, the price of a single room at the same level of condition as the above Osaka hotel shall cost almost more than 2 times, probably TWD 900+, USD 26.9

Being too expensive is the reason why tourist stay away from Taipei.

Hope Taipei has the price range that is comparable to Osaka the soonest possible, and then prosper immediately with the flush of many million tourists due to the affordable accommodation price.
#TrueValue on Jan 15, 2016 :
Only with the solution of good vision, export would be driven up, no other tricks shall work and instead shall harm the whole society.

Currency devaluation shall only NOT drive up export but also might repeat the terrible consequence experienced after WW2 in 1945-1949 of the very hyperinflation caused by the preceding central bank of Taiwan which totally resulted erosion , destruction of the foundation of the preceding government of Taiwan in 1949 in China.

At the end of 1945: 1,222 yuan = USD $1
May 1949: 23,280,000 yuan = USD$1
#TrueValue on Jan 14, 2016 :
Hope Ma president keeps his last promise which is not to use currency as a weapon to drive up export and restore the value of Taiwan currency to the benchmark point which is 27 NT dollar per a US dollar the soonest possible.

With trust, there is a bright future.
#TrueValue on Jan 14, 2016 :
The value of Taiwan currency has been falling over 20% from 27(benchmark) to 33.4 against a US dollar.

However, though the value of China currency has been falling but is still overvalued over 17% from 8(benchmark) to 5.9 against a US dollar.

It is best to always stick to the fair benchmark value to gain the utmost trust on currency value from all international holders.
#Dylan Mor on Sep 27, 2015 :
I love Taipei so much, Taiwan is a very advanced country in Asia.
Perfect transportation system, clean public space...
People are nice.
#Jessica on Aug 18, 2015 :
For the salary in Taipei is similar to Seoul
People have skills always got very high income, but those without particular skill always get around 26K - 30K
My Korean friend who got full-time job in a restaurant, and they pay him like 946882 KRW (26K TWD).
So I think it make sense to see this average salaries number in Taipei.
#Taipeir on Aug 17, 2015 :
The numbers are generally a bit on the low side for expenses such as rent, and a bit on the high side for incomes after tax.

Average meal would set you back 150 NTD in a restaurant chain these days. 200-300 ntd business lunch. I pay 26k ntd all in for renting a 3bdroom apartment in the suburbs. In Taipei city itself I'd be paying 35-50k/mth, so the numbers aren't too far out for that.

Beers price varies very much according to if you are drinking in a bar or restaurant or outside the local convenience store!

Young grads incomes are about 22k-30k for a first few jobs. A lot of people in Taipei, even managers, would make 50-60k NTD/mth and think that is a fairly good income. They might get a couple of months bonus if lucky per year. Of course you get some people earning a relatively large salary but they are really really rare. I mean people earning over 100k/mth as a salary, it's really not common. That's only approx 3000 USD/mth!

The average income for Taipei is hugely skewed because of large numbers of very wealthy people owning businesses and property but then a lot of younger people on peanuts. Also Taipei city is full of older people, most young people live in New Taipei City outside the core city.

What you need to look at is the MEDIAN and split between Taipei City and New Taipei City.
You'd also want to look at earnings at each age.
#Sam the Korean on Aug 13, 2015 :
How is the job market for foreigners trying to get a job in the pharmaceutical industry? Is there a labor shortage in this field or what?
#Saki Arakaki on Aug 08, 2015 :

I didn't see any homeless in Taipei.
Not as much as Tokyo.
And most of my Taiwanese friend got more than 35K...
I think it depends which university you graduated or what kind of skill do you have.
If you have particular skills, I don't think you will get lower salary in Taipei.
#Josh Ferman on Aug 08, 2015 :

Are your sure we are living in the same Taipei city?
I think you've nevern been to any western cities in your life.
Compare to my city ( Vancouver )
It's so difficult to see any homeless in Taipei city.

For the salary, officials always create fancy numbers you should know that.
For example, the average monthly salary in Vancouver is like 3500 CAD ( 84,000 TWD )
But the reality is, most of young generation only got 1800 CAD ( 43,000 TWD ), which is not enough to live in such an expensive place like Vancouver.

You guys should appreciate you have Taipei to live, amazing MRT and affordable prices.
Stop complaining.
#IamTW on Aug 08, 2015 :
The "Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)" is way off from the reality. A fresh uni graduate here get paid for 25K ~ 30K NT (30K NT if you are really lucky. The unemployment rate here is actually many times higher from the official figure shown by our govt, do not simply believe whatever is written here. Simply stroll around the city in Taipei and you will see quite a number of beggars/homeless) and in fact, lots of information shown above are inaccurate and incorrect. Please update your info or else more people will be mislead by the wrong info provided.
#Dav Leith on Aug 05, 2015 :

I know right !
I'm a Canadian, even I can't afford Taipei.
Too expensive
#Caroline on Jul 26, 2015 :
I'm looking at your numbers for Taiwan in July 2015 and there is NO WAY you are able to find a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre for the prices you state - the reality is about DOUBLE THAT. So please don't understate everything. The cost of meals in Taipei is also in the neighborhood of $150-200 NTD and not as little as you think either. Your numbers look like they are several years old - you should do a revision - would be glad to help you with that.
#Agnes on Jun 15, 2015 :
I'm from Germany.
I love Taiwan, and boys are so cute.
can somebody tell me how to Become citizen here?
#Jessica Clark on Jun 13, 2015 :

250000 in Xinyi District, Taipei... just the average.
There are lots people spend more than 250000 per months, believe me.
#IamTW on May 14, 2015 :
Do you mean 250000 NT/month after tax deduction? If that is the case, you can live like a King (no joke). Renting a studio would typically cost you between 8.5K ~ 10K NT. Food budget (if you are eating out everyday, 3 meals/day) would cost you between 250~350 NT. Eating in restaurant should be very affordable for you, roughly cost between 300~800 NT (in very decent restaurant of course). Transport tend to be quite cheap if you travel by bus & train. Simply approach a staff over the counter at any Metro Station and get yourself a "EasyCard" which allows you to get a 20% discount for every trip of your journey with train. Leisure wise tend to be even dirt cheap. Many of the attractions are free or for a small fee (at most a few hundreds NT). You could easily save more than 200000 NT/month even if you really spend a lot everyday.
#Anonymous on Apr 26, 2015 :
250,000 NT is per month after tax, medical and all other deductions.
#Manu on Apr 26, 2015 :
Hi friends.
I am considering moving to Taipei for 8-10 months.. After tax deductions i will be getting around 250,000 NT..

How good is this, to have a good and decent life in taipei? Is this is a good salary, considering living there and what kind of life i can have there?

Please help, so i can decide on coming there in few weeks.. :)
#IamTW on Mar 04, 2015 :
@Expat Life

Hi. Not to worried too much. If you are renting a studio (with bathroom), it should only cost you between 7K~11K NT.
Price of food, transportation, entertainment etc tend to be cheaper compare to the U.S. A simple meal would probably cost you around 100~150NT and a decent meal in the restaurant should cost you about 300~600NT/pax. I would suggest you to try out the food in the night market it delicious, reasonably cheap price and lots more.
Beer (canned 330ml) would probably cost you between 30~60NT from the convenient store. Cinema ticket tends to be expensive, a adult ticket could cost you 300~350NT.
50K/month (after tax) would ensure a decent living for you and your wife that's for sure (with little or no saving at all).
#Expat Life on Feb 18, 2015 :
Hi all!! I'm planning to move to Taipei soon. It's just me and my wife so we would be happy with a 1br, max 2br apartment for rent in a good area of the city.
As soon as my researches goes, these numbers here does not seem to face reality (1br ~17k NT/month).

Is there anyone around that can tell the real situation on living costs per month?? Going out for food, some fun on weekends (beer, cinema, etc), living in a good area...

Another question: you guys mention NT is losing a lot compared to US$. Is it common to pay things in US$?? (commerce, rental, etc).

Appreciate any help!! (y)
#UselessTaiwan on Jan 29, 2015 :
Accumulated NT dollar value of a month has almost been lost in 2 days, today and yesterday so far.

The despicable manipulation of NT currency from no-brainer Taiwan is bad and dangerous for NT dollar holders.

So it is time to dump NT dollar to retain your money value and never ever touch good-for-nothing NT dollar for safety.
#Anonymous on Jan 26, 2015 :
Dining out: A restaurant is not a food stall or a local fast food store

Beer: Draught Beer is "DRAUGHT" and mostly only served in Pubs and Bars (it's not the bottled Taiwan Beer which is called "Draught" thus much more expensive) Where to get such a beer for 80 NTD in a Bar....

Prices in Taipei are about 50% higher than the average level in Taiwan, income is also higher , rents are almost twice as much as in Taichung and Kaohsiung

Salary> a job with a salary of 35 k makes your life a nightmare in Taipei
#Taiwan without currency monopoly on Jan 05, 2015 :
Something is wrong with the current Taiwan government regarding the handling of the value of her currency being dragged down mercilessly for almost 10 percentages in less than a year.

Looking at the root cause of the Russia Rubles currency falling up to 40 percentages had nothing to do with the Russia government so Russia government is not a part of the problem causing the currency crash but external factors, especially from Europe.
The attempt of Russia government to rescue her currency value so far is respectable though it seems no hope and hopefully enlisting others ' help might settle her problem.

Ok, let's review the root cause of NT dollar falling for up to 10 percentages. The Taiwan government is the sole culprit behind all of this. The reason why they have been committing this crime is to help businesses which earn abroad, with more money during exchange back to NT dollar.
No consideration for others with NT dollar holding, right?
No problem without consideration from the no brainer government, trash NT dollar and turn it into other currency where the respective governments care her currency value unlike the no brainer Taiwan government.
Even if citizens like me don't want to hold NT dollar, possibly NT dollar might end up being dumped by all in the future.
To prevent this terrible situation, Taiwan government must abolish the central bank playing currency monopoly pocketing a fortune and strengthen NT dollar like China currency.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 :
Taipei has older walk-up flats and then newer high rise flats. High rise come with security and elevators and are usually more expensive. A large number of young single people live in studio aparatment, they are cheap but they are literally a room and sometimes don't even have their own toilet (although many do now), no kitchen etc.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 :
Prices for beer are off, those prices are convenience store prices, not restaurant prices.
Rental prices can vary from Xinyi city centre of 70k ntd/mth for 3 bdroom to suburbs for approx 20k ntd/mth or into the county for less. Salaries are average 40k/nth month. These figures also don't include the sad fact that many women get underpaid and many people get laid off at 50.
#Seb on Nov 07, 2014 :
Taipei is a city of high rise apartments and flats. Rent for a two bedroom flat fairly close to the city centre and with a good finish (white goods, shower, lift etc) is around $22000 NT (Taiwan Dollars).
Transportation is very cheap, probably I spent about $1400 in a month going around the city every day on buses and metro.
Food is also pretty cheap, you can expect to spend about $10000 NT a month, which includes going out at weekends, and buying breakfast/lunch/dinner everyday but nothing too lavish.
#Anonymous on Oct 29, 2014 :
Can any one tell me how much u will spend a month with 2 bedroom house or flat with food and tranportion?
#YuChang Zhang on Oct 17, 2014 :
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre is not that high, I now live in a 3 bedrooms apartment near Taipei 101 and it only costs NT24000(USD800) a month. The salary for college graduates is between 28000~32000. In my opinion, Taipei is a good place to live but not a good place to get a good job.
#rc on Aug 02, 2014 :
most jobs pay around 60k??? No way, most salaries round the 40k
#Anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 :
I was paying 15000 NT rent for a 3BD/2BT in Luzhou New Taipei so it's not so far off.