Work in Austria

Getting a job and working in Austria is one of the reasons why one might want to acquire a residence permit in Europe (an example of this would be a residence permit in Latvia). Working in Austria also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of residing in the EU, such as freedom of moving in the Schengen area, the chance to be employed and do business in the member-states with fewer requirement, as well as travel to European destinations without the need for a visa (with some exceptions).


As of now, there are approximately 129 147 vacancies available in Austria. That is 3% of all the job positions, both occupied and vacant, in the country.

Wages and expenses

In Austria the average salary is EUR 2688.

A single person in Austria spends an average of EUR 734 per month, not including rent.

Wage distribution

The wages in Austria differ based on several factors, such as the industry and gender of an employee:

Wage distirbution by gender and insustry in Austria (in EUR)
Mining and quarrying37813803
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply40085134
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities27242927
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles24562853
Transportation and storage28643104
Accommodation and food service activities18701954
Information and communication36584564
Financial and insurance activities39194846
Real estate activities28213233
Professional, scientific and technical activities30873789
Administrative and support service activities22472539
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security36433852
Human health and social work activities28893035
Arts, entertainment and recreation26162992
Other service activities22162818


The standard workweek in Austria is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Trade unions

Trade unions are organizations that protect the rights of workers, and help them settle potential disputes with employers. In Austria, an employee may use the support pf the following unions:

  • Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (Austrian Trade Union Federation)

Useful resources

If you are planning to work in Austria, it is useful to know the following information and contacts of organizations.

Workers rights

If you believe your rights have been violated or would like to have a consultation regarding said rights, you can contact Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund (Austrian Trade Union Federation).

Looking for work

If you would like to take a look at Austria's job market, please, consider visiting the following resources:

Work permit services

If you are interested in working in Austria, you need to obtain a work permit and a residence permit (which in some cases are obtained simultaneously). For this you can use the help of our legal team - we provide consultations, find the best solutions to your unique case and deliver legal assisstance of all kinds. So contact us by using the form on the upper right side of the page, and start a journey to your dream job in Austria.