Your averages (if they’re accurate and I’m not sure they are) don’t tell you the whole story.
The upper bounds of what’s possible income-wise for an experienced, high-performing engineer, doctor, etc. are much, much higher than the upper bounds of what’s possible income-wise for a retail or farm worker.
I dont think these are correct,
Doctors(GP) Make 140k
A heart Surgeon makes about 500k/month
Plastic Surgeon with own business can make over 1 million NTD a month
Software Engineers start around 90-120+
But having said that, the high bracket income taxes here are higher than US Federal Income Tax
“The average doctor salary in Taiwan is NT$3,899,915 or an equivalent hourly rate of NT$1,875. In addition, they earn an average bonus of NT$160,676. Salary estimates based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Taiwan. An entry level doctor (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of NT$2,641,335. On the other end, a senior level doctor (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of NT$5,059,906.”
It this true? Could have fooled me considering how often Taiwanese acquaintances and complete strangers alike would ask me what my salary was. I assumed it must not be a big deal to discuss it openly in their culture.
Your numbers look wrong. Even fresh college graduate SWEs are making upto 100k per month at local companies. I would imagine the average to be closer to 100k since most SWEs would have more experience. In software especially, there are a ton of different skillsets and a lot of room for salary negotiation if you are an expert and impress in your interviews.
Perhaps those surveys suffer from sampling bias. Glassdoor also had high (for Taiwan) figures if I correctly recall. But again maybe a sampling bias. Ie., perhaps those with higher salaries tended to responded more than lower ones, or the company sampling methodology was inadequate. (I did not bother to reconcile… just lazily and uncritically reported from google.)
Are local SWE’s really starting fresh out of school at 100k? Not saying I don’t believe you, but when I check local job boards for SWE positions I’m not seeing salaries anywhere near that at the entry-level. Where are these jobs?