Take-Home Pay in France
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Simply enter your annual or monthly income into the salary calculator above to find out how taxes in France affect your income. You'll then get a breakdown of your total tax liability and take-home pay.
- Salary Before Tax
- your total earnings before any taxes have been deducted. Also known as Gross Income.
- Salary After Tax
- the money you take home after all taxes and contributions have been deducted. Also known as Net Income.
Income Tax Breakdown
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- Total Tax Due
- the sum of all taxes and contributions that will be deducted from your gross salary.
The deductions used in the calculator assume you are not married and have no dependants. You may pay less if tax credits or other deductions apply.
Taxation in France
- Income Tax
- on personal income is progressive, with higher rates being applied to higher income levels (four tax brackets). Low income earners (salary less than 10,084 EUR) do not pay income tax, but after this amount the tax grows until 45% for individuals who earn more than 158,222 EUR. The amount of tax that you pay is not based on your earnings as an individual, but on your earnings as a household. France does not withhold income taxes from the monthly income, this means that individuals have to complete an annual tax return.
- Surcharge Tax
- is applied on high incomes. If you are single, you will pay a rate of 3% if your income is between 250,000 and 500,000 EUR and 4% for income exceeding 500,000 EUR.
- Social Contributions
- the employer withholds employee's social security contributions at source and remits the total amount to the social security authorities. The contributions are computed on an employee's yearly gross salary. The social security contributions include:
- employee old-age insurance (upper limit)
- employee old-age insurance
- employee supplementary pension
- the general social contribution (CSG), payable by individuals living in France who benefit from the compulsory health insurance
- the contribution to the social debt (CRDS), applied to earnings and to income from wealth. The territorial scope of the CRDS is the same as the CSG. CRDS is paid by individuals living in France who benefit from a compulsory insurance scheme
The information presented here is based on the fiscal regulations in France in 2021. Visit impots.gouv.fr for more details.
Cost of Living in Paris
The median pre-tax pay in Paris is 4,000 EUR per month. According to the results of our survey, a single person on this salary and with no dependants could afford to:
- rent a one bedroom apartment
- have a standard lifestyle, affording to go out a few times per week
For more information, including details on how Paris compares to other cities in France, check out our dedicated Cost of Living page.
Financial Facts About France
The average monthly net salary in France is around 2 157 EUR, with a minimum income of 1 149 EUR per month. This places France on the 11th place in the International Labour Organisation statistics for 2012, after the United Kingdom, but before Germany.
Unlike most EU member states, France does not withhold income taxes from the monthly income, although social security contributions are deducted every month. This means that at the end of the year individuals have to complete an annual tax return and have enough money saved to pay their income taxes.
France has many major industries, including: tourism, machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metals, electronic equipments, textiles, and foods. Among these, tourism is the biggest industry, France being the most visited country in the world, with over 83 million tourists every year. The capital, Paris, is the largest urban economy in France and the third worldwide.
Over 30 companies from the Fortune Global 500 List are headquartered in France, including: Total, AXA, BNP Paribas, GDF Suez, Carrefour, and Credit Agricole.