Cost of Living in Taipei

Summary about cost of living in Taipei:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 NT$ 100.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 725.00 NT$ 500.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 130.00 NT$ 100.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 NT$ 45.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 NT$ 50.00-160.00
Cappuccino (regular) 79.78 NT$ 60.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 29.12 NT$ 20.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 20.88 NT$ 15.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 344.47 NT$ 283.91-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 49.63 NT$ 40.82-63.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 56.93 NT$ 24.95-90.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 67.33 NT$ 49.20-96.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 229.52 NT$ 108.86-408.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 109.37 NT$ 68.04-149.69
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 280.32 NT$ 158.76-453.59
Apples (1 lb) 63.50 NT$ 40.37-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 32.92 NT$ 18.14-45.36
Oranges (1 lb) 36.29 NT$ 27.22-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 51.41 NT$ 33.57-108.86
Potato (1 lb) 37.91 NT$ 18.14-54.43
Onion (1 lb) 31.47 NT$ 18.14-45.36
Lettuce (1 head) 40.62 NT$ 30.00-60.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 38.72 NT$ 25.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 500.00 NT$ 350.00-600.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 43.80 NT$ 30.00-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 60.31 NT$ 40.00-80.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 100.00 NT$ 90.00-120.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 NT$ 15.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,280.00 NT$ 1,280.00-1,400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 70.00 NT$ 70.00-75.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 40.23 NT$ 32.19-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 255.00 NT$ 180.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 112.21 NT$ 105.99-117.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 948,000.00 NT$ 900,000.00-1,100,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 717,047.62 NT$ 650,000.00-800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,323.40 NT$ 1,000.00-4,250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 5.17 NT$ 1.80-9.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 841.00 NT$ 500.00-1,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,503.70 NT$ 1,100.00-2,400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 433.33 NT$ 300.00-600.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 NT$ 270.00-330.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 17,125.00 NT$ 12,000.00-28,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 459,375.00 NT$ 200,000.00-650,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,096.92 NT$ 1,000.00-3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,112.36 NT$ 600.00-1,900.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,642.13 NT$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,841.54 NT$ 2,400.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 26,851.85 NT$ 12,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 21,459.62 NT$ 8,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 61,764.80 NT$ 30,000.00-90,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 41,404.11 NT$ 20,000.00-78,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 27,065.08 NT$ 18,580.45-55,741.36
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 16,517.42 NT$ 9,290.23-27,870.68
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 37,814.69 NT$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.92 1.50-2.50

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Last update: December 2018
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100 Comments so far

#Vivian on Nov 15, 2018 :
The average Salary in Taipei is no 55-60k that not true. Maybe is 40k
#1234567 on Nov 14, 2018 :
@Anonymous: Either you are completely blind or completely moronic. I'm inclined to say both. In the document it CLEARLY states that the average household in Taipei has 1.29 working adults. 2.2 = the figure for the number of adults, period.

Anyway I'm done arguing here. Now the average salary in Taipei is 36k? Lmao. This site is laughable.
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2018 :
Average Monthly NET Salary (AFTER TAX) is Very Different from House Hold Gross Income.(Possibly 1-4 working individuals in a household prior to Tax)
In Taipei many working age professionals live at home to save money this adds their salary to the household income along with their parents. This is actually very common to have a household of 3 working adults in Taipei and Taiwan. The average household in Taipei has 2.2 working Adults.
#Vicky Tan on Nov 13, 2018 :
I rent a bedroom near Zhongxiao Fuxing, this is city center for me. It cost 30,000 a month. Most 1 bedroom places I found in city center area are 26k-35k. Theres nothing 15k unless you're looking for a Studio instead of a 1 bedroom or those studio lofts which usually are around 20-26k
#Anonymous on Nov 12, 2018 :
if you do a 591 search under 1 bedroom they show a lot of Studios which are not 1 bedroom, its a cheaper studio. There are 1 bedroom apartments in Taipei and they are usually newer buildings like the one I rent in Songshan. Ive lived in both most of my time in Studios now I have a 1 bedroom apartment. Almost every true 1 bedroom apartment I found in Taipei is above 22k some go as high as 40k but most of them are around 22k-29k. Studios can be found cheaply anywhere but then you don't have a seperate bedroom with a door.
#Jing on Nov 12, 2018 :
I think this website should differentiate between Studio and 1 bedroom apartments because the prices are different.
#Jing on Nov 12, 2018 :
I can rent a Studio for 14-18k but a single bedroom costs over 22k in center of Taipei I just checked rent 591.
#TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018 :
36k might be a bit low it should be closer to 40k for Taipei (per Capital Salary -NOT HOUSEHOLD INCOME). 123456 is a Retard that doesnt understand the difference between HOUSEHOLD INCOME and INDIVIDUAL INCOME. SO STFU
Monthly basic wages rose 1.63 percent from last year to NT$38,656, the data showed.
#TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018 :
MONTHLY income is not the same as Household Income. The statistic for Household income include 1-multiple family members. They are not averaged (Not divided by the number in household) That means when you have a Household income of 60-70k in some cases its 2 people's salaries combined to reach 70k.
#TPE Boy on Nov 12, 2018 :
Id say the rent price is about right. It lists as 1 BEDROOM. NOT A STUDIO!. If it was a studio it would be cheaper than 26k but if you try to rent a 1 bedroom apartment in DAAN you'd be paying about 24-26k easily
#K FLey on Nov 04, 2018 :
This website is joke!
Average income in Taipei is around 55K - 60K
40K is probably Taichung.
Nobody is controlling the fake abroad contributions here?
#1234567 on Oct 29, 2018 :

Just check if you've received a significant numbers of contributions that had the same pattern recently. If you do, maybe you should do something about it. Not that this site is particularly relevant, but those who come and check the statistics do exist.
#1234567 on Oct 29, 2018 :

So you are not going to look into the fact that the contribution has dramatically altered the figures within a few months? Comparing the mid-year statistics and the statistics NOW, the rent has sored by 50% and the salary dropped by 50%. Isn't there something fishy there? Have you not received waves of "contribution" that have manipulated the figures?

As for the sources I provided, if the household income is 1.6 million in a city, how on earth can the average salary be only 40k? Even if you take the percentage of female workforce and other incomes into account, that is still ridiculous. 40k*12 is not even a third of that number. Btw the average working population within a household is 1.34 in Taipei City. Not 3.

Finally, according to official statistics, average salary in all of Taiwan is around 50k. Source: (It's hard to find something in English as you obviously wouldn't be able to read Chinese).
#1234567 on Oct 28, 2018 :
@Administrator: <- Household income. <- Renting site.

If you're the real administrator, don't you find that the sudden drop of the salary from your contributors a bit weird? Last year and the first half of this year it was still around 60-70k, now it's only 40k. Same with the rent. It was still 15k a month ago, and now suddenly it's 26k. This is very misleading. I'm suspecting that some of your contributors are actively trying to vandalise the figures.

And to the idiot who says that household income has nothing to do with salary: where do you think the household income comes from? Besides, you think a family of four has 4 fucking salaries? Are you really that stupid?
#1234567 on Oct 28, 2018 :
Now a one bedroom costs 26k in Taipei city center? Is this a joke? It's not even 15k.

And again the salary is way higher than 40k in Taipei city. This site is turning into a joke.
#Raffaele Ruocco on Oct 25, 2018 :
I never visit Taiwan but I want visit this city ...
#Luisa Rodriguez n on Oct 23, 2018 :
#Jack Barnes, It's safer than western countries
People are well educated and well behaved than most Asian countries.
MRT system is very clean and efficient, you have to buy a transit card - 悠遊卡
Their transit card can also use at shops like 7-11 or coffee shops.
I really like this city more than Canada, it's my 7th year in here.
#Jack Barnes from the US Branch on Oct 20, 2018 :
I'm a single guy moving to Taipei for work. How is it living in the city? Can someone say a few words on their experiences?
#NC on Oct 20, 2018 :
Average income in Taipei is way higher than this number.
About 55K a month.
Some people use different IP to type the fake number try to lower the average, we all know it isn't real!
#Administrator on Oct 16, 2018 :
Regarding previous comments,please post some links as a proof. Thanks
#Anonymous on Oct 14, 2018 :
No the average has been given as 40k to 50k NTD per month for Taipei city only (including bonuses).

Outside the average drops except for Hsinchu.

Average household income is all members of the household and all assets, that's a different thing!
#Anonymous on Oct 14, 2018 :
No the average has been given as 40k to 50k NTD per month for Taipei city only (including bonuses).

Outside the average drops except for Hsinchu.

Average household income is all members of the household and all assets, that's a different thing!
#1234567 on Oct 02, 2018 :
Btw the average annual household income in Taipei City in 2017 was 1.65 million ... 45k my ass.
#1234567 on Oct 02, 2018 :
Lol these numbers are a joke. The crowd source is absolutely laughable. The average salary in Taipei is 60-65k (data from actual household income report).

Graduates make less money everywhere in the world.
#Asian_Liberals_4_Trump_2020 MAGA on Sep 25, 2018 :
47,000 Sounds about right for Taipei. Would be great if the average and median Salary could be Higher for Taiwan so people can have a living wage.
#TPEBoy on Sep 11, 2018 :
Average Salary in Taipei is around mid 40k before Income Tax. Also per capital Credit Card debt in Taipei as of 2018 is now raised to 250k NTD a person. 50% of young workers earn roughly 22k-25k, 50% of them carry debt. The majority of Wealth in Taiwan is held by the Boomer Generation.
##NYCTRADERZ on Sep 11, 2018 :
IAmFromTaipei you are completely correct. Even the governments own Treasury Dept statistics published in 2018 show Taipei (The Wealthiest City) before TAX to have an Average Income of 48,600. After tax would be slightly lower.
#IAmFromTaipei on Sep 08, 2018 :
average monthly salary 56K NT after tax? where did the figure came from? ask around and get feedbacks from the local graduates and/or those who have less than 3 or above 3 years and less than 5 years work experience. trust me, majority of them will answer you they are getting paid less than 50K/month (before taxes)
#NYCTRADERZ on Jul 12, 2018 :
Extreme Bubble in Taiwan= Bad for current buyers or first time home owners.
Soaring house prices only benefits people like me who are selling at this time, I agree its horrible if you're looking to buy in a 2018 market that is overpriced like Taipei.
##Anonymous on Jul 07, 2018 :

You talk as if soaring house prices are a good thing. Laughable.
#NYCTRADERZ on Jul 06, 2018 :
Taipei, New Taipei City housing prices falling rapidly in last 2 yrs LOL.
Good luck Taiwan Real Estate Bubble investors...Losing so much money sucks.
Meanwhile I'm making a killing in the US, Singapore on my properties.
##Anonymous on Jul 05, 2018 :
What are some of your government data from? You guys are having the most pointless argument in history. The average household income in Taipei is 1.5 million per annum. 55-70k per month (1800-2200 USD) on average is about right.

And give me a fucking break. In which country isn't the average skewed to the ultra rich? I feel like none of you idiots really know what the word "average" means.
#MaoKongme on Jul 03, 2018 :
80k isnt anything to brag about...its not much although sadly by local standards its a lot. It won't even allow you to buy a house or save for retirement...what a sad state of affairs Taiwan has come to....Once the Top of the Asian Tigers now the LAST. Its pay used to be on par with Singapore only as far back as 1990....Now its effectively Half of Singapore
#TPEBoy on Jun 25, 2018 :
Lisa A, thats cause you work for a Foreign company enjoy those benefits. Most people in Taiwan dont work for foreing companies. I make about 250k a month and hire engineerings and other employees from HTC, HongHai, Ren Bao, Gogoro so I have a good idea what people make in Taipei and its not a lot as I have data sheets for all job sectors including bonuses. Also have direct knowledge from friends and family cousins and HR friends to draw from thousands of examples along with Taiwans own Treasury ministrys statistics. In fact Google has raised wages 33% on all ex HTC employees and increase benefits forcing HTC to raise wages to retain its current staff. Taipeis real average and medium has always been about 40k
#Lisa A. on Jun 24, 2018 :
I'm a supervisor at Zara Taichung, my salary is higher than 80K.
#Zandar on Jun 19, 2018 :
Agreed Robbin, I've been living in Taipei for 18 years, 58,000 is 30% more than every Government statistic on Salaries in Taipei. Whats more is this is after tax. The ultra wealthy dont live on wages but assets. Wages for average Taipei citizen including bonuses after tax according to Government Data is about 40k pre tax...After Tax is probably 38k
#RobbinZheng on Jun 14, 2018 :
58,000 NTD After Taxes is definitely skewed due to super rich. It goes totally against statistic from the Taiwan Directorage General for 2017

"About 31 percent of all workers in Taiwan earned less than NT$30,000 per month this year, falling for the eighth consecutive year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS). The data also showed that 18.94 percent of employees earned more than NT$50,000 a month this year,"
#TPEBoy on Jun 04, 2018 :
At this pont Tokyo is a good investment in 2018. 15 mins from Center of Tokyos downtown....300k USD for Brand new 3 Bedroom detached house.

Now this is a sane investment as rental can fetch quite a lot. Salary is high to justify the cost and there are many renters in this part of town.
Japans real estate bubble has burst a while back due to aging/ dwindling population something Taiwan is about to go through.
#TPEBoy on Jun 04, 2018 :
JIN Clearly you're the big idiot who will lose money on real estate Speculation. I'm making money on Real Estate on rising markets and strong profitable rentals.

Asia Tigers Real Estate Bubble Bursting/Cooling off

World’s Worst Property Market Confronts Taiwan’s New President 2016- Falling ever since 2016

Bejing, Shanghai, Shenzhen Prices falling -2018

Bangkok Property falling 2018

Seoul Property Cooling down

Hong Kong’s home prices may fall by half in next 10 years, Deutsche Bank says
#NYCTraderZ on Jun 04, 2018 :
JIN you insulting facts sounds like youve made a very bad investment and youre about to realize a severe less. No need to attack someone else for your bad decisions. You're about to lose a lot of money and calling others idiot isn't going to help your situation. Best to don't put all your eggs in one basket with real estate investments so you don't get so defensive. There is a lot more balance in some western markets right now like the US, Canada for example is not as Toronto and Vancouver has seen severe losses recently.

Lots of markets are in a bubble now, even in Uzebekistans capital Azgabat a 1000sq ft condo goes for 500k USD! There is no reason for this as I've studied the area/rent etc. In Malaysias Sabah reigion in the Jungle there are poorly built condos selling for 500k USD! All are incredible bubbles of speculation. Jin I can clearly tell you're a speculation buyer....its called gambling, you can make a lot if the timing is right but you can lose a lot of the timing is bad because the rental value is incredibly low compared to purchase price. Singapore and HK still demand a decent rental return on price.
#NYCTraderZ on Jun 04, 2018 :
Like I said, I personally own Property in Bangkok, Singapore and my family has properties in Taipei. Buying in Taipei now is a BAD INVESTMENT.
When trying to profit off real estate you have to check your ego and pride for your country at the door. Its all business and Taipei and much of Taiwan is a bad investment in 2018 to buy in.

I can clearly tell don't understand the Hongkong, Bangkok or Singapore markets. Singapore and Hongkong have increasing populations and extremely limited land. Bangkok is over valued like Taipei which is why their real estate is dropping fast recently and I see Taipei eventually going the way of Bangkok.

As for Singapore and HK They are also financial centers of the world, a lot of money and trading goes through here. There is also a sizable population with a very high income that can sustain it.. HK is mainly due to Wealthy main land buyers the past 20 yrs. Taipei is not it does not have a population that is open to world trade markets having been more open to Mainland trade alone. Yes Taipei is also a small city but that doesn't account for why New Taipei City is incredibly expensive.

Taipei real estate prices are dropping, I will pick them up cheaper when people like you sell them at a loss. Taiwan needs to do more to boost its local economy and raise wages across the board. Taiwans Rent vs Property price is the highest disparity on the world. Seoul is also in a Bubble currently as well as Beijing. The property is only worth what someone will pay for it.
#Jin on Jun 01, 2018 :
Why not also compare the ratio of rent and property price to other Asian cities such as Bangkok, Seoul, Shanghai, etc.
Beijing property is almost at least twice as expensive as Taipei property. Don't you think the property price in Beijing isn't acceptable either, you idiot. It is very idiotic of you in the first place to compare Asian cities with cities from America or Euro.
Unless being suppressed of the property price by the current Taiwan government, Taipei property price should have already caught up with similar cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, etc. So it is just a matter of time, Taipei property will climb up to where it belongs where its colleagues are now. (The property price of future Taipei can be predicted accurately now just by looking at its colleagues)
Crooked Semi-foreigner ! Fighting for Taiwan doom will never work with your idiotic slander !
#TPEboy on May 31, 2018 :
Yea its pretty clear theres a couple property owners in Taipei trying hard to convince everyone their overinflated apartments are worth more than the long term market, rental prices, and city average wages will dictate. Since Im a dual citizen of US/Taiwan I had the option of buying a house here or US, I definitely chose the US after closely studying the value and profitablilty of both markets. Anyone considering Taipei's prices now is about to lose money.
#NYCTraderZ on May 31, 2018 :
Totally agree, that Anonymous is prob a mainland investor who has realized a bad investment. Also incredibly ignorant assumptions I see below from Jessica Hinz and Anonymous seems like they have lost money or about to lose money on a Taipei Real Estate Gamble.

I can tell you my Properties in certain parts of the US have an ROI of about 10-12% on rent.
I can buy a 15 million NTD House and rent it out for 80,000 NTD a month in markets outside of Taiwans crazy Bubble.
A real Estate Investor makes money on both Cash Flow from high (ROI) on Rent and from property value increases.
Amatuer real estate gamblers try to take lucky gambles once in a while on speculation prices..
#Anonymous on May 30, 2018 :
Anonymous is just some Mainland Chinese who has probably made a bad investment in Taiwan property and regrets it while the PRC and HK keep pumping their markets.

Then hilariously states Taipei has higher wages than Beijing but is poor Taipei.

Taipei ain't poor it's a good city not some polluted overpriced hellhole like a lot of the mainland.

Me I'm enjoying the cheap rent :).
#NYCTraderZ on May 28, 2018 :
I own 37 properties in the US, Australia, and Saigon(condos), Bangkok(condos), Singapore.. My Family owns properties in Taipei. I can tell you the ROI (Return on Investment) for Taipei is horrible in 2018. The only people convincing anyone to buy a house might be a home owner who has their money locked up here and hoping for equity only return.
Thats called a poor odds gamble,.. Without rising rent due to high wages to earn along with equity its a risky market. 2006-10 would have been a good investment in Taipei. Taipeis wages are the lowest of the Asian Tigers btw, there are multiple reasons why HK and Singapore markets are being priced up none of those factors are happening here in Taiwan.

Anonymous 2 down is making some idiotic political statements why barely understanding Real Estate prices, I think he/she must have an invested interest in Taipei.
#Jessica Hinz on May 22, 2018 :
#Katya Tkacisky
Try to apply some foreign exchange student programs in Taipei.
You might get some opportunities after graduated.
I really like here.
#Anonymous on May 20, 2018 :
Don't want to argue with some hopeless people here seemingly doesn't possess a single Taipei house and seemingly living on rent. A sympathy to you but you need a skill for a better pay or else complaining will not realize your dream and instead waste your whole time.
The price and rent of Taipei/New Taipei is already the lowest (at the bottom level, just waiting the right time to ascend to a big surprise) among its colleagues, the four asian tigers, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong.
So it is just a matter of time that both price and rent shall be catching up to its colleagues within 2 or 3 years the most.
It is absurd to see even the price and rent of lower-waged Beijing property is higher than Taipei/New Taipei. No wonder even Beijing starts looking down on Taipei/New Taipei with contempt now, thanks to this imprudent government suppression (actually self-infliction upon itself) upon its potential Taipei/New Taipei property market unlike Beijing where the property price has been raised at least
one or two times during the last 3 years and then now the outcome this unsophisticated government reaps is challenge after challenge on top of poor Taipei contempt from Beijing.
#Anonymous on May 20, 2018 :
Don't listen to the bulkshut real estate speculators posting here tHere is absolutely no lack of apartments in Taiwan and there is not going to be millions immigrants anytime soon.
The housing is too expensive already for many people.
#Taipeir on May 20, 2018 :
Tpeboy is right.
It's very hard to get ahead without family money and assets in Taiwan, salary rares are simply too low.
I am also a high earning long term resident of Taiwan know many business people.

Business people abd company owners don't share enough profits with their workers that is the truth .

There are also a lot of empty high end apartments.

At least rent is fairly cheap in Taiwan. I currently pay just 10% of my earnings for rent.
#Katya Tkacisky on May 17, 2018 :
I work 60 hours a week in Moscow, where the salary is the highest in Russia
But my monthly wage is just $600 ( $18K TWD )
My cousin work as Russian/ Mandarin translator in Kaohsiung, she makes 90k TWD there.
How can I move to Taiwan ?
#Katya Tkacisky on May 17, 2018 :
Wow, Taipei salary is a lot higher than my country Russia.
#Anonymous on May 15, 2018 :
Taipei salary so low, this why I found job in Singapore
#TPEboy on May 09, 2018 :
Anonymous- No There are Tons of empty apartments in New Taipei City it is above 20% vacancy but less than 25% according to the newest stats but anyone with eyes can see the huge amount of new construction going on with no buyers and empty buildings. Even in Neihu and Nankang theres a lot of empty luxury apartments.

I rent an apartment for 46k and much of my area is empty and new.
People you should WANT TO IMPROVE TAIWAN....stop arguing against helping the poor middle class here. Real estate alone isn't going to drive an economy! Yes there are Ultra Rich in Taiwan and its sad to see the gap widening between them and the middle class.

Anyways I'm doing fine financially but as an ABC I want to see locals here doing well too and I see the greed of these big bosses ruining it for Taiwan.
#TPEboy on May 09, 2018 :
Anonymous- The Vacany rate in Taipei is 20%. Its not an opinion its a fact. These tend to be higher end buildings and Luxury apartments. The type of apartments you're talking about are studios or 1-2 bedroom for workers and office people...those do get rented quickly.

Regardless of all these crazy bonuses you're talking about...they are a thing of Taiwan's Past not present. Taiwan used to give crazy bonuses in Stocks etc for Tech companies like Hong Hai, TSMC, Renbao, HTC etc. 20-30 years ago that was common. Now a days and in 2008-2012 you were lucky to get 1 month, some very few people got 3-4 I have a few friends in middle and upper management in these companies so I know and also friends in HR.
The very fact is the Finance Ministry last week just announce that the Average Wage in Taiwan Including ALL BONUSES + Benefits and Salary is only 49,894 NTD. Taipei's is roughly 51,000 NTD Gross when including bonuses etc. They said the median Salary is closer to 34,000 NTD for Taipei.. aruge all you want against the last Facts and Statistics.

Lucia Simpson- Whose starving to death in US and Canada? Are you friggin kidding me lol thats idiotic
Taiwans real estate isn't going to Skyrocket unless you're a Realtor and live in your own dillusional world outside of statistical reality. I know many Realtors or people's whose investments and livelihoods want it to Skyrocket but unless Wages increase its not going to happen.

Beijing's 2nd and 3rd Ring Road are more expensive than Taipei. China has now the manufacturing to back it up. Let me ask you this...whose going to be buying these houses if youre making 30-60K NTD a month? Even if you make 100k NTD a month thats PEANUTS!!! You shouldn't be buying a house worth 15 million NTD to financials dont add up unless your financial future is based solely off a single GAMBLE that property prices will rise and you Wont be under water on your mortage LOL.
#TPEboy on May 09, 2018 :
Lucia Simpson how do you know those that are commenting for people to have better wages in Taiwan arent high income? You sound like a Moron. I make over 350k NTD a month and have created a dozen jobs here in Taipei for locals and I pay them a premium over the low pay here by a margin of 40%. I can see how faulty the system is here the owners are greedy keeping the vast amounts of Profits for themselves this is shown in EVERY FINANCIAL REPORT its ridiculous. It would benefit you to read.
Everyone one of my friends in LA in their 30s now owns a house worth 500k usd to 1 million Without help from Parents. No one I know in their 30s in Taiwan will ever dream of owning a house outside of their rich parents helping or an 80% mortgage.. When Google bought out HTC engineers they automatically gave a 30-40% raise to the new hires forcing the greedy Taiwan companies to follow suit to keep Talent. HTC now says it will give raises to employees to try to catch up to Google.
#Lucia Simpson on May 09, 2018 :
I've met lots of high income Taiwanese in Taipei.
You guys should just work harder and stop being like cry baby.
If you don't have a particular skill or certificate, you're income is the same shit even you're in US, Canada or other countries.
At least Taiwan government did great job not letting their people starve to death.
We have so many young homeless people in Canada here, Taiwan seeks a lot better than my country.
#Anonymous on May 09, 2018 :
Taipei is the PRECIOUS BRAIN CONCENTRATION AREA where the ultra rich and big bosses stay to direct empire businesses around the world, in area such as in Mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong and so on so the status of Taipei would match the status of property with the higher expectation of property price sooner or later.

Renting out is the quickest in Taipei/New Taipei comparing to UK, in experience, a tenant contacted one of my friend in less than 3 hours after Tipei property posting and the tenant accepted the deal, all was done within 4 hours which seems never happened with any property belong to my friends and family members in UK. So it is not true mentioning vacancy rate in Taipei is as high as 20% but would rather say there is almost no vacancy rate for property in Taipei/New Taipei, almost all properties in Taipei/New Taipei are fully occupied and the demands are also quite high too comparing to UK.

The property price in Beijing is even much more expensive than Taipei/New Taipei though the salary in Beijing is low as merely HALF OF THE SALARY in Taipei/New Taipei.
However, Bonus payment amount including stock shares in Taiwan is the highest in Asia and the bonus amount is up to 20 times of the annual salary ( proof? higher standard of living in Taiwan) which is rarely seen in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The property price in Beijing has almost doubled during just within the last 3 year though the property price in Taipei/New Taipei hasn't moved a bit upward during the same last 3 years due to the property suppression from the current unreasonable Taiwan government.
However, there is no whatsoever downward pressure present anymore in term of property price due the the pressure from the current government because the current property price in Taipei /New Taipei is already at the bottom line so nothing to lose from the Taipei/New Taipei property purchase but the only remaining is to reap gain in the coming few years, that's all.

However, as soon as the current unreasonable Taiwan government is gone probably after 1 or 2 years, property price in Taipei/New Taiwan is ASSURED to skyrocket higher than that was experienced in Beijing during the last 3 years. With profit earning from businesses, have never lost interest in hunting for deals in Taipei/New Taipei properties until now so already secured many good properties under umbrella because well aware of in the next 1 or 2 years, the profit returns from Taipei/New Taipei properties would be indeed much more greater than what Beijing property profit during the last 3 years.
#Anonymous on May 09, 2018 :
#Jeff Hong Kongs real estate price increase has everything to do with no land and huge influx of mainlanders the Ultra wealthy and the poor.
Singapore is due to much higher wages than Taiwan. Taiwans wages are by far the lowest of the 4 Tigers and declining even more. Unless Taiwan does something including the businesses soon Malaysia will catch up in coming years.
#TPEboy on May 09, 2018 :
There is a good reason NONE of Taiwan's Wealthy are buying houses the last 2-3 years. Most buyers are middle class who are not educated in investing real estate and buying because of cultural conditioning of owning a house at any cost even if their mortgage is 60-85% of their income. When in doubt with investing follow the rich, they are NOT BUYING HOUSES in Taiwan.

In other news Stocks have been doing well as an investment in Taiwan vs Housing due to unaffordability of houses.
#TPEboy on May 09, 2018 :
Taiwan Real estate currently is WAY over valued. Serious real estate investors know Rental markets are directly tied to the wages of the city/country.
Taiwans wages are so low compared to Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong. Lets not begin comparing to the West or Japan. Taiwan pays peanuts slave wages to its work force sadly. There is already a 20% vacancy rate of houses in Taipei all empty. The current Millenial generation will not be buying more houses as there is a huge population decline so there will be a huge abundance of available property and not enough people living in them. Its not a problem 20 years from now, it will be very obvious in 10 years before anyones Mortgage who buys now runs out. Taipei is a very bad investment to see a return on money in 2018-2030. Taipei was a VERY GOOD investment in 1990s-2004.

Taipei Investment for Real Estate
1990s-2004- Excellent
2004-2008 - Ok
2009-2012- Bad
2013-2018- Extremely Poor Investment- Kiss you money goodbye.
2019-2028. Huge Bubble Crash potential.
#Jeff on May 08, 2018 :
Taiwan government is burning government fund in the unsustainable stock market.
Whereas, wise government such as Japan, Korea never waste government fund unlike the foolish Taiwan government.
Taiwan stock price has been lifted as much as 30% during last year, but while happening correction of stock market price across the globe. The foolish Taiwan government foolishly wants to stop the correction of Taiwan stock market price unlike everywhere else where there is no interference from any government to stop the stock market price correction.
Let's see if Taiwan government has enough fund to sustain the unsustainable expensive Taiwan stock market price. No more fund..., then see which one collapse first either the unsustainable Taiwan stock market or Taiwan government
#Anonymous on May 08, 2018 :
members among the four asian tigers. The rent would also catch up along with the property price catching up its asian tigers members such as Hong Kong, Singapore.
So Taipei/New Taipei is a tremendous opportunity available now to invest in property which would sooner or later return with tremendous profit just like what happened in Hong Kong and Singapore in recent few years. Grab while opportunity available or it would be too late
#Anonymous on May 08, 2018 :
TPEBoy, you can't compare the house price between Taipei and L.A.
Taipei is one of the four asian tigers or dragons so should be compared among the four asian tigers nation which are Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea and not with unrelated L.A.
Taipei is the cheapest city in term of property price among the four Asian Tigers nation and the problem is due to the mismanagement of the current Tsai government.
Sooner or later the property price in Taipei would catch up its
#TPEBoy on May 08, 2018 :
Anonymous is right Basically for my house I just bought in L.A. I rent it out for 89,000 NTD a month + renter pays all utilities or about 3000 USD a month for a house that cost about 18million NTD to buy or 600k USD. In Taipei the houses "supposedly" worth 18million can only rent for 29,000 NTD. Taiwan has one of the worst return on investment for housing real estate in the first world according to many investment stats I follow. On top of that you own no land just concrete. The housing price in Taipei Daan and Dazhi in 2013-2016 exceeded Londons Westminster (Where Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral are). Now its cooling off to be slightly lower. TPE real estate is entirely an artificial bubble that will pop
#Applehead on May 08, 2018 :
According to your link its actually lower than 51,000 its 49,989 NTD average for Taiwan before Tax. Taipei makes more than most countys except Hsinchu but you have to remember the stat above is for After Tax not Pre Tax. Maybe most of the respondants on this website are Foreign English teachers and not locals and it skews the numbers up?
#Anonymous on May 08, 2018 :
According to all the DATA there is no way in hell Taipei NET Salary (after Tax) is 58,700 NTD a month.
News reports today say only 10% of the people in Taiwan earn over NT$61,000 per month.

Here 1 it is saying the average salary is around 51k (Before Tax), and here it says the median salary is somewhere around 35k, hence it seems to support that only 10% make over 61.
#Anonymous on May 08, 2018 :
According to the TWSE, foreign institutional investors sold a net NT$346.78 million in shares on the main board despite the Taiex's gains on Tuesday.
"I suspect today's buying largely came from government-led funds, which aimed to boost local share prices ahead of May 20, Alex Huang said, referring to the two-year anniversary of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inauguration.

Taiwan shares end higher, led by TSMC
#Jessica Hinz on May 08, 2018 :
This is cost of living data, not crying wall.
Stop crying shit and be a man.
#Anonymous on May 05, 2018 :
Taiwanese are getting poorer and poorer, thanks to the effort of both previous president Ma and current president Tsai for suppressing the price of property market in Taipei and new Taipei city.

So comparing to the property market of Hong Kong and Singapore, Taipei and new Taipei city are extremely dirt cheap so what the government has done so far is really unfair and harmful to Taiwanese.

Even the good-for-nothing developing nation like Thailand where the property price of Bangkok is much more expensive than Taipei and new Taipei city. What a shame !
US$2.2m in Bangkok buys marble baths, butlers and a Bentley

Taiwan government have the responsibility to make its people richer comparing to its level playing developed countries such Hong Kong, Singapore, etc but making poorer and poorer to its people, Taiwanese by lowering the price of property market of Taipei and new Taipei city by its government itself is unimaginable and very sorrowful.

Raising the property price of Taiwanese capital, Taipei and new Taipei city is essential for the status of Taiwan to maintain as an already developed nation among all either developed or developing nations and consequently Taiwan would no longer be LOOKED DOWN by China as a poor, dirt cheap Taiwan.

China is still a developing country but its capital, Beijing where the price of property market is much much more expensive than Taipei and new Taipei city, the capital of Taiwan, a developed country.

So Taiwan government urgently have to really work hard to close the gap of the price of property market among its level playing developed countries such Hong Kong, Singapore.
#Anonymous on May 04, 2018 :
The rest of the Asian Tigers are leaving Taiwan Pay in the dust. The Greed of the corporations other than TSMC which pays well is destroying the economy and this generation
#Anonymous on May 04, 2018 :
During president Chen, the stock trading center just collected one-time service fee for a stock trading of both stock buying and stock selling so there was no service fee for stock buying but collected a service fee of 0.1424% of the whole capital for stock selling.

However, the stock trading center start ripping off the online stock trader by collecting service fee two-time for both stock buying and stock selling so the service fee is costing the online stock trader twice 0.2848% (=0.1424% + 0.1424%) now compared to before under president Chen.

So in order to encourage Taiwanese to enter into the stock market, government must remove the dishonest double service fee collected by the stock trading center.

If possible, government should set up an online platform where there is no service fee for online stock trading.

Expensive double service fees and stock transaction tax are the stumbling blocks which must be removed in order to create a healthy, dynamic Taiwan stock market or else the current Taiwan stock market is too expensive for the local to enter.

Hope government takes care of the local stock trader by removing transaction tax just like foreigner are allowed the free stock transaction tax currently as well as removing the service fee for online stock trader.
#island life on May 01, 2018 :
Hey, I've received a scholarship to study in Tiawain but they are offering 12k monthly is that okay for the standard of living there although, I'll be based on campus. What are some of the challenges I may face or is that amount manageable since I will only be a student there?
#Anonymous on Apr 28, 2018 :
Stock trading tax is not comparable to income tax because there is no guarantee income as well as no guarantee heavy loss for stock trading, whereas income tax is from 100% guarantee income. So even collecting the stock trading tax for the outcome of heavy loss trading is undemocratic but instead authoritarian still practiced under the current Tsai government.
Furthermore, stock trading tax is only unfairly targeted to the local, Taiwanese but not to the investment from abroad, foreigner. So with foreign investment withdrawal, the stock market drys like an African forest because the local is not stupid to consider to pay tax even for the heavy loss stock trading and consequently the local don't invest a lot or not at all in the stock market.
Free money for the government especially by collecting the stock trading tax shall harm the stock market as it is not SUSTAINABLE.
Great Europe and US have no stock trading tax so Taiwan should follow the right lead or Taiwan stock market has no future.

Taiwan government should not use tax money of billions of dollar investing in stock market, driving up the price of stock market just like before under Tsai government and consequently only most foreign investment withdrew from the stock market with billions of dollar profit recently, leaving the current price of stock market unsustainable. It is not a government place to play fire in the stock market with tax payer's money or else gifting billions of dollar profit to the foreign investment coming from Taiwan Tax Payer's money as well as lifting the stock price to an unsustainable level unlogical and unreasonable and unreachable to the local for the long run which shall collapse the stock market sooner or later and consequently the stock market shall not be recognized by international investment.

Overview, government should allow the free run of stock market, no interference, not collecting tax whatsoever including the stock transaction tax just like under president Chen's era and not investing of tax payer's money into the stocker just like ignorant Tsai in order to pop up the stock price to an unsustainable level which is indeed much more harmful in the long run.
#Jason Bourne on Apr 23, 2018 :
There are actually quite a few dive shops in Taiwan both north and south. @jessica h. That’s good to know! Sounds like they maybe wouldn’t mind having an fluent English speaker (let’s hope). I’ve done a little bit of research and it sounds like they would need to fill out some paperwork on there end. Again, if anyone has any other information about moving to Taiwan that would be appreciated.
#Jessica H. on Apr 23, 2018 :
#Jason Bourne
It's good to teach diving in Taiwan, I know a Canadian girl is teaching in North Taiwan and make a lot of money.
#MaoKongme on Apr 23, 2018 :
Where are you going to teach diving in Taiwan? Not exactly an ideal place for that....perhaps SE Asia is better.
#MaoKongme on Apr 23, 2018 :
Government stats for Taipei city which say Average Salary once EXCLUDING business owners, Corporate Executives, Day Traders, Real Estate developers are approx 48k prior to income tax
#Jason Bourne on Apr 22, 2018 :
Hello, I’m thinking about moving to Taiwan for a dive instructor job. Would anyone have a guesstamite of the average pay? Any other information about procedures of moving to Taiwan (of course I’ll use google or something too). Any information would be much appreciated.
#Anonymous on Apr 21, 2018 :
I pay 15% income tax in Taiwan on my hard earned salary and you complain about your TINY 0.3% transaction tax.

What a joke!
#Anonymous on Apr 19, 2018 :
The tax of stock trading in Taiwan is 0.3 percent which is pretty expensive. There were no tax during president Chen, but burdensome tax was added to the stock exchange during ignorant president Ma which resulted his party, Kuomintang KMT being rejected by Taiwanese through the vote. Hope president Tsai from the democratic party learn from the KMT doom and instantly rectify and remove the mistake of KMT regarding the unnecessary stock trading tax.
Hope president Tsai also remove service fee collected from the trading center for all making of losing stock trading, even paying higher fee for making of winning stock trading is not an issue.
Please remember that government should serve people so government should not add burden to the people in the first place.
#Taipeir on Apr 10, 2018 :
Taipei city and New Taipei city have quite a gap in incomes. Most people who work in Taipei city commute from outside Taipei city. So that skews all the income stats.

Also older people and govt workers tend to get paid better than younger people or private sector workers. Many govt workers receive generous pensions. Also Taipei city has many rich business people and property owners. It skews the numbers.

According to govt stats Taipei city median earnings are around 47000 ntd per month.

Outside Taipei city earnings drop a lot except for Hsinchu science park.

Basically professional managerial types get a range of 50 to 70k basic here.Of course accountants doctors and lawyers general managers and some engineers earn a lot more than that.
#TpeBoy on Mar 26, 2018 :
I think is many rich people in Taipei make the number higher. Most people dont make 70k.
#TpeBoy on Mar 26, 2018 :
70k after taxes is way too high! I've lived in Taipei for 30 years. I call lie
#anyaheather on Mar 20, 2018 :
Btw, in the comment section of every city there are people claming that the salary is too high. I saw quite a few for Paris. Their proof? Personal anecdotes. "EVERYONE I KNOW MAKES 1.2K - 1.5K IN PARIS!!!!!!!".

You are basically one of them.
#anyaheather on Mar 20, 2018 :

First of all, what you're saying are personal anecdotes. They are about as credible as the user-contributed figures on this site.

Besides, it's pretty obvious that you have never gone up to the contribution page. No. It doesn't ask "your personal monthly net salary". It asks "average personal monthly net salary" of the city, which means the figures are added by what the contributors perceive as the monthly net salary of the city. If you don't buy it then fine, not my problem, but just remember, it corresponds to the official statistics pretty closely.

Btw the household income in Taipei is around 1.5 mil. That means the average salary is around 60-70k. 60k after tax sounds about right.
#Jessica C. on Mar 17, 2018 :
There are a lot of people in Taiwan get high paid jobs, they just pretend to be poor.
I’ve seen more fancy cars around Taipei city than Canada.
My Taiwanese husband make 75k as high school teacher.
Same issue in my city VANCOUVER, many people just make $2,000 CAD a month ( about 44k TWD ).
Basically the living quality of $2,000 CAD salary in Vancouver is worst than 17K TWD in Taipei.
#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2018 :
Basically its a site in English for Expats, which tends to skew the Wages higher than they actually are in reality. Also remember it says 59k NET after Taxes which means the average salary is around 65-70k in Taipei. Most people making this salary are Teachers. Most people who make a lot more are not on salary but own businesses or are employed from overseas like myself but this number is rare and not enough to skew. If Locals found this site and contributed in proportion to Expats the actual Average salary in Taipei would be closer to 40k after Taxes.
#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2018 :
Personally I make about 220k a month working for an American company but like I said most the people commenting aren't going to be your locals making 30-50k. Been living here nearly 8 years and also see a wide range of salaries and read extensive reports about this.
#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2018 :
I think it tends to look higher because the people contributing are not locals, they are mostly Expats.
#anyaheather on Mar 09, 2018 :
Lol @ the meaningless arguments below.

First of all, the figures are mostly correct. According to official figures the salary in Taipei is something like 60-70k per month, and the national average is like 50k.

And for those who keep arguing that it should be lower, you do realise that numbeo's figures come from contributors? Contribute away then, it's not like anyone's keeping you from doing so. The webpage clearly states these data are based on 1824 entries from 247 different contributers over the past 18 months, if you disagree with them so much, just submit your own entries.
#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