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Highest Paying Cities For Expats, 2018 Ranking By HSBC

With an average annual earnings of $217,165, Mumbai, India’s financial capital, tops global rankings for expat salaries, according to HSBC survey, more than twice the global average of $99,903.

San Francisco, meanwhile, took second position on the salary ranking with an average salary of $207,227, while Zurich took third position with $206,875.

Shanghai emerged as the 4th most lucrative city for expats. Foreigners working in China’s financial hub can expect an average salary of $202,211.

Expats working in Geneva can typically expect to bring home a sizable $184,942 salary.

Highest Paying Cities For Expats, 2018 Ranking By HSBC

RankCityCountyAverage expat salary
1MumbaiIndia$217,165
2San FranciscoUnited States$207,227
3ZurichSwitzerland$206,875
4ShanghaiChina$202,211
5GenevaSwitzerland$184,942
6New YorkUnited States$182,240
6Los AngelesUnited States$161,126
8JakartaIndonesia$152,589
9Hong KongHong Kong$148,410
10ParisFrance$139,602
11DubaiUnited Arab Emirates$138,177
12MoscowRussia$135,909
13SydneyAustralia$134,368
14TokyoJapan$132,508
15DohaQatar$131,408
16Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates$127,456
17Kuwait CityKuwait$123,041
18BangkokThailand$119,601
19NairobiKenya$119,182
20SingaporeSingapore$117,904
21Kuala LumpurMalaysia$117,515
22RiyadhSaudi Arabia$116,679
23OsloNorway$114,538
24MuscatOman$113,733
25Sao PaoloBrazil$113,516
26LondonUnited Kingdom$107,863
27AucklandNew Zealand$107,500
28ViennaAustria$103,342
29BrusselsBelgium$102,482
30IstanbulTurkey$100,577
31TorontoCanada$100,024
32Mexico CityMexico$97,381
33WarsawPoland$96,443
34MelbourneAustralia$95,342
35VancouverCanada$94,655
36JohannesburgSouth Africa$92,416
37DublinIreland$91,419
38StockholmSweden$91,184
39MadridSpain$88,862
40ManamaBahrain$88,841
41SeoulSouth Korea$86,115
42BerlinGermany$84,162
43CairoEgypt$81,952
44TaipeiTaiwan$76,788
45Buenos AiresArgentina$73,000
46PragueCzech Republic$68,622
47ManchesterUnited Kingdom$66,480
48GlasgowUnited Kingdom$66,176
49BarcelonaSpain$65,070
50BirminghamUnited Kingdom$61,950
51LisbonPortugal$60,913
52EdinburghUnited Kingdom$56,250
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