How much do you earn as a system developer in Sweden?

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How much do you earn as a system developer in Sweden?
How much do you make before and after tax? Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/

Sweden's tech scene is crying out for IT specialists, and system developer is one of the professions that has been hailed as one of the most future-proof jobs right now.


So let's take a quick look at how much you can expect to earn in Sweden – both before and after tax.

The average monthly salary for a software and system developer is currently 44,200 kronor ($4,600), according to national number-crunching agency Statistics Sweden.

Women earn, on average, 43,600 kronor and men 44,400 kronor.

The longer you've spent studying, the likelier you are to take home a higher salary at the end of the month – the average salary for people with a post-grad degree is 52,800 kronor, compared to 43,100 kronor for people who completed 9-10 years in primary and secondary school but did not go on to further studies.

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The age group that is currently earning the most as system and software developers are people aged 55-66, who make 50,100 kronor a month. People aged 25-34 get 37,900 kronor on average, people aged 35-44 get 46,200 kronor and people aged 45-54 get an even 50,000 kronor.

Whether you're working in the private or public sector also makes a big difference.

For example, a man aged 55-64 who is working in the private sector earns 51,100 kronor on average, compared to a woman in the same age group making 39,900 kronor on average in the public sector.

But how much of this do you actually get to keep, and how much gets paid in tax?

To work it out, we used Swedish tax office Skatteverket's calculator. Your tax rate depends on a few factors, so for the sake of argument, let's pretend that you are a 35-year-old in Stockholm earning 44,200 kronor.

We'll assume that the majority of The Local's readers who grew up outside of Sweden will not be paying members of the Swedish Church, so in this example, none of your money goes to Sweden's church tax.

Your total tax bill may depend on more factors, so this is not an exact sum, but according to Skatteverket's calculator, you will then be paying roughly 11,196 kronor of your monthly salary in tax in 2019, which means that as a system developer you can expect a net paycheck of 33,004 kronor at the end of the month.


We used Statistics Sweden and Skatteverket as sources for this article. Did you find it useful? Please email [email protected] to let us know what you think or what industry you want us to look at next.


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