The 30 countries around the world where expats earn the most money, ranked

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  • HSBC Expat released its annual expat survey to find the countries where expats earn the highest income and have the most job opportunities.
  • There are countries from all over the world, including the US, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
  • Switzerland is the best country to live abroad if you want to make more money – the average expat salary is $US202,865.

Everyone has to leave home at some point. But rather than head across the country, some people head across the world in search of greener pastures.

Choosing where to go can be an overwhelming decision.HSBC Expat is making that decision a whole lot easier thanks to its annual survey of 25,000 expats around the world.

The survey, released Thursday, reveals the best countries to live in the world to earn the highest income as an expat. While the US and Switzerland made the top ten, it seems the direction to move is east. Asian countries made up seven of the top ten countries for expat incomes.

We pulled out the top 30 countries for expat incomes, 12 of which are above $US100,000. Have a look – you might find your new home.


30. Philippines

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Average Income for Expats: $US59,134


29. Turkey

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Average Income for Expats: $US60,793


28. Mexico

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Average Income for Expats: $US66,940


27. Poland

Average Income for Expats: $US67,966


26. Russia

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Average Income for Expats: $US69,076


25. South Africa

Average Income for Expats: $US71,854


24. Brazil

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Average Income for Expats: $US73,647


23. Thailand

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Average Income for Expats: $US74,777


22. Ireland

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Average Income for Expats: $US78,212


21. France

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Average Income for Expats: $US83,683


20. United Kingdom

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Average Income for Expats: $US86,844


19. New Zealand

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Average Income for Expats: $US88,041


18. Sweden

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Average Income for Expats: $US88,400


17. Taiwan

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Average Income for Expats: $US88,473


16. Vietnam

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Average Income for Expats: $US90,408


15. Canada

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Average Income for Expats: $US91,842


14. Germany

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Average Income for Expats: $US95,337


13. Saudi Arabia

Average Income for Expats: $US99,615


12. Bahrain

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Average Income for Expats: $US102,670


11. Malaysia

Average Income for Expats: $US117,269


10. Australia

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Average Income for Expats: $US125,803


9. Japan

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Average Income for Expats: $US127,362


8. Indonesia

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Average Income for Expats: $US127,980


7. India

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Average Income for Expats: $US131,759


6. United Arab Emirates

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Average Income for Expats: $US155,039


5. Singapore

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Average Income for Expats: $US162,172


4. China

Average Income for Expats: $US172,678


3. Hong Kong

Average Income for Expats: $US178,706


2. USA

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Average Income for Expats: $US185,119


1. Switzerland

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Average Income for Expats: $US202,865

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