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Pay Element Detail: Base Salary

Compa Index Properties

Pay Element Also Known As Time Period Definition
Base Salary Annual salary, base pay, base Annual Initial salary offered to a candidate, not including benefits, bonuses, or other guaranteed compensation.

 


Geographies

The tables and information below highlight localization, requirements and notes across global regions. Not all regions may have data available for specific pay elements and/or countries, and not all countries may be represented in Compa Index at this time.


Information has been vetted with compensation professionals, however we always recommend you confirm requirements with your organization's local, in-country experts.


NORTH AMERICA

Country Localization Requirements Notes
Canada 12 month annual Mandatory Typically paid either semi-monthly or biweekly. Additional salary payments (e.g., 13th month) are not common practice.
United States 12 month annual Mandatory Typically paid monthly, semi-monthly or biweekly. Additional salary payments (e.g., 13th month) are not common practice.

EUROPE

Country Localization Requirements Notes
Armenia

13th month

Mandatory

Paid before New Year holidays

Austria

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Customary

13th payment at the end of June, 14th at end of November

Belarus

13th month bonus

Customary

Commonly paid at the end of the year and is often included in collective agreements

Belgium

13th month bonus

14th month holiday bonus

Customary

Mandatory

13th month bonus usually at year-end; holiday bonus paid at time of holiday

Croatia

13th month bonus

Customary

Often paid around Christmas or Easter; amounts are unspecified

Cyprus

13th month bonus

Customary, but dependent on the employment contract.

Common for employees to receive a bonus at the end of the year

Czech Republic

13th month bonus

Customary

Many employers provide a 13th salary based on performance

Finland

13th month bonus

Customary

Usually paid before the holiday begins

France

13th month bonus

Customary

Usually paid at year-end

Germany

13th month bonus

Customary, but dependent on the employment contract

A “gratuity” generally paid at Christmas

Greece

13th month bonus

Vacation bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid on Easter, Christmas and summer vacation

Italy

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Customary

13th month bonus paid in December; 14th month bonus paid in June

Lithuania

13th month bonus

Customary

Many employers provide a 13th bonus based on performance

Luxemburg

13th month bonus

Customary; dependent on the employment contract

Usually paid at year-end

Macedonia

Annual allowance

Customary

"K15" annual allowance given during the second half year, which is paid equally to all employees

Netherlands

13th month bonus

Customary

Often paid around November or December

Poland

12 month annual

No legal requirement

There is no statutory requirement to pay 13th month salary

Portugal

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid annually by December 15

Slovakia

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at year end

Slovenia

13th month bonus

Common

Generally paid at the end of the year

Spain

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

Generally paid in the summer and Christmas

Sweden

12 month annual

No legal requirement

There is no 13th month pay

Switzerland

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at year end

United Kingdom

13th month bonus

No legal requirement

Employees may receive bonuses given at the discretion of the employer or can be negotiated as performance clauses in the employment contract.

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

Country Localization Requirements Notes

Argentina

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in two equal installments, by June 30th and December 18th

Bolivia

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

Christmas bonus is tax-free equal to one month's wages at end of each year; second holiday bonus required if GDP is over 4.5% to one month’s wages plus a 14th-month pay if GDP is above 4.5%

Brazil

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in two equal parts, by November 30 and by December 20. 14th month is a paid as a holiday bonus.

Chile

13th month bonus

Customary

Paid in December as a lump sum or in two halves, in September and December.

Colombia

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in two equal parts, 1st-15th June and 1st-20th December

Costa Rica

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid during the first 20 days of December

Dominican Republic

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid by December 20th

Ecuador

13th month bonus
14th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in installments, but employees may opt for lump sum. Total bonus equal to 15% of employer profits, subject to a cap of 24 times the minimum wage

El Salvador

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Christmas bonus based on year of service

Guatemala

13th month bonus 14th month bonus

Mandatory

Each bonus equal to one month's salary; paid at mid-year and year-end

Honduras

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

13th month bonus paid in December; 14th month bonus in July. Each bonus equal to one month's salary

Mexico

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Christmas bonus paid by December 20

Nicaragua

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Equal to one month’s salary, paid by December 10th

Panama

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in three equal parts on April, August, and December 15th

Paraguay

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid at year end

Peru

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in July and December

Puerto Rico

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Minimum service requirement of 1,350 hours (increased from 700 hours). For companies with at least 20 employees, bonus is 2% of pay and $300 for companies with fewer than 20 employees. During the first year of employment, employees receive half. Paid between November 15 and December 15

Uruguay

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid in 2 installments by June 30 and year-end

Venezuela

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid at year end

ASIA

Country Localization Requirements Notes

China

13th month bonus

Customary

Paid during the month of the Lunar New Year or Spring Holiday

Hong Kong

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at Lunar New Year or year-end

India

13th month bonus

Mandatory (bonus of percent of annual salary)

Paid within 8 months of the end of the financial year

Indonesia

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Religious holiday bonus, paid at least one one week before the holiday

Israel

13th month bonus

Customary

 

Japan

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Customary

Paid in June and December

Malaysia

13th month bonus

Customary

Paid at year end

Philippines

13th month bonus

Mandatory

Paid by December 24

Russia

12 month annual

No legal requirement

There is no statutory requirement for 13th-month salary payments in Russia

Singapore

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at year end

Taiwan

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at Lunar New Year

Thailand

13th month bonus

Customary

There is no statutory requirement, but it is customary for employers to pay the 13th month

Turkey

12 month annual

No legal requirement

There is no statutory requirement to pay 13th or the 14th month salary

Vietnam

13th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at Lunar New Year

AFRICA

Country Localization Requirements Notes

Angola

13th month vacation bonus

14th month Christmas bonus

Mandatory

Bonus is paid before vacation is taken; Christmas bonus paid in December

Morocco

13th salary

Customary

Paid as a 13th salary or seniority bonus

Nigeria

13th month bonus

Customary

Paid before Christmas

Saudi Arabia

13th month bonus

Customary

Paid on Eid al-Fitr holiday

South Africa

13th month bonus

Customary

A special bonus or “check” generally paid at year-end

UAE

13th month bonus

14th month bonus

Customary

Generally paid at year end

 


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