Israeli Average Salary Dips Slightly

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The average salary in Israel fell slightly in February, the latest month for which figures were available, for a total of NIS 9,650 ($2,550), the Central Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. That amount was 0.29 percent, or 28 shekels ($7), lower than the month before, when the average salary was NIS 9,678 ($2,557). Both those months were lower than December 2015, when the average salary was NIS 9,913 ($2,620).

There were 3.58 million Israelis in the workforce in February. Of those, 3.4 million were Israelis, and the rest foreign workers.

The best paid workers were in the mining and quarrying industries, where the average salary was NIS 20,980 ($5,550) per month. Those workers made even more than workers in the high-tech industry, where the average salary was NIS 18,222 ($4,820) per month, and more than Israel Electric Company and Mekorot water company workers, who earned an average of NIS 17,552 ($4,640) per month.

Teachers and educators made on average NIS 7,534 ($1,990) per month. The lowest-paid workers were in the travel and food services industries, where workers made on average NIS 4,533 ($1,200) per month.