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Geneva, Zurich and Luxembourg
are the richest cities in the world

June 2018: Zurich and Geneva may be globally the most expensive cities, but their working residents are compensated with the highest salaries and wages. A construction worker in can expect to earn the equivalent of almost US$70,000 a year, while the same job in London pays only $40,000. In New York City construction workers earn on average $31,000 a year. Construction workers in Lagos, Nairobi and Cairo earn less than $2,000 a year.


Rank
(Earnings)
Cities
Rank
(Prices)
Rank
(Purchasing Power)
1
Geneva
2
4
2
Zurich
1
2
3
Luxembourg
15
5
4
Los Angeles
20
1
5
Copenhagen
4
30
6
Oslo
3
27
7
New York
5
10
8
Miami
25
3
9
Vienna
22
16
10
Chicago
9
6
11
Toronto
29
7
12
Munich
23
11
13
Stockholm
14
22
14
Frankfurt
27
12
15
Montreal
26
18
16
Sydney
11
13
17
Tokyo
6
20
18
Berlin
30
15
19
Dublin
17
17
20
Helsinki
10
31
21
Amsterdam
24
32
22
Rome
28
35
23
Paris
12
33
24
London
8
23
25
Auckland
13
21
26
Lyon
31
29
27
Milan
7
37
28
Brussels
18
41
29
Hong Kong
33
9
30
Barcelona
40
34
31
Madrid
34
36
32
Tel Aviv
19
28
33
Taipei
32
26
34
Nicosia
38
25
35
Manama
39
8
36
Dubai
36
14
37
Ljubljana
43
42
38
Seoul
16
38
39
Riyadh
60
24
40
Lisbon
42
48
41
Doha
49
19
42
Tallinn
41
44
43
São Paulo
52
40
44
Athens
37
53
45
Santiago de Chile
48
39
46
Warsaw
63
47
47
Prague
50
54
48
Panama City
21
51
49
Zagreb
35
69
50
Rio de Janeiro
56
46
51
Johannesburg
53
43
52
Buenos Aires
45
65
53
Vilnius
57
52
54
Bratislava
44
58
55
Bucharest
66
67
56
Kuala Lumpur
59
49
57
Budapest
64
63
58
Shanghai
47
61
59
Lima
61
55
60
Riga
58
64
61
Bangkok
55
50
62
Beijing
46
62
63
Moscow
54
59
64
Sofia
70
56
65
Hanoi
71
45
66
St Petersburg
51
68
67
Istanbul
67
66
68
Bogotá
65
57
69
Manila
74
60
70
Nairobi
68
72
71
Lagos
76
77
72
Mexico City
69
70
73
Kiev
75
74
74
Jakarta
62
75
75
New Delhi
73
73
76
Mumbai
72
71
77
Cairo
77
76

Data source: UBS Prices and Earnings Survey 2018