Your Net Salary

If you are living in Denmark and earning a gross annual salary of 545,772 kr., or 45,481 kr. per month, the total amount of taxes and contributions that will be deducted from your salary is 197,851 kr.

This means that your net income, or salary after tax, will be 347,921 kr. per year, 28,993 kr. per month, or 6,691 kr. per week.

To ensure our Denmark salary calculator (Lønberegner) is quick and easy to use, we've made certain assumptions that might significantly impact tax calculations. We assume that you are not married, do not have children or other dependents, are above 18 years of age, and receive all your gross income (Bruttoløn) from employment in Denmark.

As such, once your personal circumstances and specific tax deductions (Skattefradrag) are considered, your actual net salary (Nettoløn) might differ slightly from the figures estimated by our calculator.

For a gross annual income of 545,772 kr., our tax calculator for Denmark (Skatteberegner) projects a tax liability of 16,488 kr. per month. This translates to a withholding rate (Trækprocent) of approximately 36% of your paycheck. The table below breaks down the taxes and contributions levied on these employment earnings in the Municipality of Copenhagen (København).

To change the city of residence or to select whether you are a member of the Danish National Church (Folkekirken), please check the Advanced Options in the salary calculator form.

Yearly Monthly Weekly
Gross Income 545,772 kr. 45,481 kr. 10,496 kr.
State Bottom Tax (Bundskat) 54,766 kr. 4,564 kr. 1,053 kr.
State Top Tax (Topskat) 0 kr. 0 kr. 0 kr.
Municipality Tax (Kommuneskat) 96,177 kr. 8,015 kr. 1,850 kr.
Labour Market Contributions (AM-bidrag) 43,662 kr. 3,638 kr. 840 kr.
Church Tax (Kirkeskat) 3,246 kr. 271 kr. 62 kr.
Total Tax Due 197,851 kr. 16,488 kr. 3,805 kr.
Take-Home Pay 347,921 kr. 28,993 kr. 6,691 kr.

The average salary in Denmark is 45,481 kr. per month before tax, according to the latest data from Statistics Denmark. This translates to an annual gross income of 545,772 kr., for which our calculator estimates a monthly net pay of 28,993 kr. (in the Municipality of Copenhagen).

This figure represents the monthly median earnings across Denmark, excluding trainees and individuals below the age of 18. For a more comprehensive view, we have compiled a table showing the average salaries in each of the five administrative regions of Denmark. The net salary figures listed in the table were determined by our calculator for the largest city in every region.

Source: Statistics Denmark, The Average Dane, 2023, monthly salary figures
Region Average Gross Salary Net Salary
Denmark (aggregate) 45,481 kr. 28,993 kr.
Capital Region (Hovedstaden) 49,801 kr. 31,515 kr.
Central Denmark (Midtjylland) 43,281 kr. 27,468 kr.
Southern Denmark (Syddanmark) 43,007 kr. 27,020 kr.
Region Zealand (Sjælland) 42,366 kr. 26,699 kr.
North Denmark (Nordjylland) 41,735 kr. 26,236 kr.

Like other Scandinavian countries, Denmark does not have a government-mandated minimum wage. However, wages in Denmark rarely fall below 140 kr. per hour, which amounts to 22,447 kr. per month before taxes, given the standard Danish work week of 37 hours. In Copenhagen, this translates to a monthly pay of 15,204 kr. after tax.

Under the renowned Danish labour market model, known as flexicurity, employer associations and labour unions negotiate salaries and working conditions. This ensures that even unskilled workers receive decent wages, allowing them to maintain a good standard of living. To provide a clearer picture of these negotiated wages, we have compiled a table listing the average hourly rates for workers in Denmark across various sectors covered by collective agreements.

Source: Workplace Denmark, Pay Levels in Selected Sectors (37-hour work week, median pay levels)
Occupation Average Hourly Rate Gross Monthly Salary
Cleaners 201.52 kr. 32,310 kr.
Construction workers 248.89 kr. 39,905 kr.
Electricians 278.14 kr. 44,595 kr.
Operators and assemblers 252.72 kr. 40,519 kr.
Plumbers and pipe fitters 293.84 kr. 47,112 kr.
Skilled workers in manufacturing 264.05 kr. 42,336 kr.
Unskilled workers in manufacturing 236.89 kr. 37,981 kr.

If you are employed in Denmark, your salary (Bruttoløn) is typically taxed at source. This means your employer calculates the taxes and contributions you owe, taking into account any allowances and credits to which you are entitled. As a result, the amount you receive at the end of each month is your net pay (Nettoløn), after taxes.

Anyone liable to taxation in Denmark must obtain a tax card from the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen). This card is where you provide all the necessary information for calculating your tax burden, as well as any allowances and credits.

In March of each year, you will receive a tax assessment notice (Årsopgørelsen) that lists your income, taxes, deductions, and allowances for the past tax year. It's crucial to review this assessment and inform the Danish Tax Agency of any discrepancies. If you overpaid on taxes, you are eligible for a refund. Conversely, if you paid too little, you'll need to settle the outstanding amount with the tax authorities.

There's no denying that Denmark has some of the highest tax rates in the world. However, these taxes enable an efficient welfare state, provide some of the world's best work-life balance, and foster an excellent business climate.

Our income tax calculator includes all taxes and contributions levied on employment earnings in Denmark:

  • State tax: This is a portion of your income tax that goes to the state. Its rates are the same regardless of where you live in the country. The Danish state tax is progressive, with two brackets: the bottom-bracket tax (Bundskat), which applies to all income levels and has a rate of 12.06% in 2023, and the top-bracket tax (Topskat), which applies only for annual incomes exceeding 568,900 kr. and has a rate of 15%.
  • Municipal tax (Kommuneskat): This tax is levied by the municipality where you live. Unlike the state tax, the municipal tax has a flat rate that is decided by each commune. In 2023, Copenhagen's rate is 23.7%, while the average across Denmark is around 25%.
  • Labour market contributions (AM-bidrag): This is a contribution to the state, covering benefits for unemployment, sickness, maternity/paternity leave (Dagpenge), and more. It has a flat rate of 8% that applies to all income levels.
  • Church tax (Kirkeskat): This is an optional tax with rates that differ slightly across municipalities. In 2023, the average rate was 0.92% of your gross income. Though optional, many Danes choose to pay this tax, supporting the running and maintenance of local churches.

Feeling overwhelmed by the taxes described in the previous section? Here's some good news: our calculator also factors in the common tax deductions and allowances (Skattefradrag) available to Danish taxpayers. We cannot cover all of them, since they can vary significantly from person to person, but we have included the main ones:

  • Personal allowance (Personfradrag): This is a portion of your gross income that is not subject to taxes. It stands at 48,000 kr. per year in 2023 (slightly lower if you are under 18 years of age).
  • Employment allowance (Beskæftigelsesfradrag): A deduction from your taxable income if you are employed or earning a business profit. In 2023, it is set at 10.65% of your income, but has an annual cap of 45,600 kr.
  • Job allowance (Jobfradrag): This allowance is similar to the employment allowance, but it is only applied when you earn over a certain amount. It is currently set at 4.5%, but there is a cap at 2,700 kr. per year.

The information provided on this site is intended for informational purposes only.
Please consult a qualified specialist such as an accountant or tax advisor for any major financial decisions.