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Is Vietnam Poor? The Average Vietnamese Salary


Vietnam is still a developing country, but is Vietnam poor? Find your answer here in our guide to average Vietnamese salary and Vietnam Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Vietnam GDP

Vietnam's economy has taken a major toll due to the surge of COVID cases in 2021. Fortunately, the situation has been put under control thanks to the mass vaccination scheme throughout the country, and Vietnam's GDP has shown signs of growth again.

  • Vietnam GDP (2021, est.): US$ 369.494 billion
  • Vietnam GDP - PPP (based on purchasing power parity, 2021, est.): US$ 1,142.177 trillion
  • Vietnam GDP growth rate (2021): 6.8%
  • Vietnam GDP per capita (2021, est.): 3,758.89 USD
  • Vietnam GDP - PPP per capita (2021, est): 11,619.43 USD

Average Vietnamese Salary

Minimum Wage (by law): 3.98 million VND/month

The average Vietnamese income by areas (thousand VND/month):

Areas Minimum Income Average Income Maximum Income
Urban 1,452 2,537 10,623
Rural 667 999 5,644
Total 771 1,457 7,547


The average Vietnamese salary in some professions for people with 5-8 years of experience (US$/month):

Professions Average Salary
Accounting ~1,500 (can be up to 4,000)
Banking ~1,500 (can be up to 7,000)
Finance ~3,000 (can be up to 5,000)
Insurance ~1,500 (can be up to 5,000)
Consumer Goods ~1,500 (can be up to 5,000)
Construction ~1,500 (can be up to 4,000)
Medical care ~1,000 (can be up to 3,000)
Human Resources ~1,500 (can be up to 3,500)
Legal ~1,500 (can be up to 6,000)
Hospitality ~1,500 (can be up to 3,500)
Information Technology ~1,500 (can be up to 3,500)
Manufacturing ~1,500 (can be up to 3,500)
Trading ~2,000 (can be up to 5,000)
Supply Chain ~1,500 (can be up to 3,500)


In general, employees in-state companies receive lower pay than the private sector (about one-third or one-fifth).

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So Is Vietnam Poor?

While some Vietnamese could be considered well-off, the gap between rich and poor is still quite large. In August 2018, the average of the group with the highest income is 9.8 times that of the average of the group with the lowest income (according to the General Statistics Office). And when comparing the Vietnam GDP, Vietnam GDP per capita, as well as Human Development Indicators, to those of many developed countries around the world like the US and China, there is a huge difference, which makes Vietnam still classified as a developing country.

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Guest - Florence Chassidy on Thursday, 12 March 2020 13:12

I don't think Vietnam is poor at all. The infrastructure is pretty modern, and the population is very young. So much potentials for economy development.

I don't think Vietnam is poor at all. The infrastructure is pretty modern, and the population is very young. So much potentials for economy development.
Guest - Paige F on Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:52

interesting read

interesting read :D
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