Survival Guide for Vienna, Austria

We work with expats on a daily basis and want to pay our respects to Vienna, Austria – the founding city of our company. Here is our friendly SURVIVAL GUIDE for work, business, and living. You can Pin it here or read more below. Enjoy!


Survival Guide for Vienna, Austria – The Basics

In Vienna, the average salary is €46,540 a year before taxes. The most popular job role is Software Developer, which pays between €36,790 and €52,503 a year.

Aside from IT, banking is also a booming industry in Vienna, Austria. Top employers include Erste Bank, BWin (Gaming), and OMV (Oil/Gas). The UN has also made a home in this international city!

Source: PayScale

Survival Guide for Vienna, Austria – Living

  • Work Visa: €190
  • Public Transportation Card: €365/year
  • Monthly Rent for furnished 42m sq. apartment: €900 with utilities
  • Business lunch: €13
  • Romantic dinner for 2: €50
  • Budget grocery stores: Lidl, Hofer, Penny
  • Top City-Apps: Uber, Citybike, Quando

Districts According to Personality:

  • Hipster: 6th (Mariahilf), 7th (Neubau), 8th (Josefstadt)
  • Laid-Back: 3rd (Landstrasse), 4th (Wieden)
  • Unique/Funky: 2nd (Leopoldstadt), 19th (Döbling), 18th (Währing)
  • High Class: 13th (Hietzing), 1st (Innere Stadt)

Sources: US Travel Docs, Wiener Linien, Expatistan, Vienna Wurstlestand 

Survival Guide for Vienna, Austria – Tips

Survival Guide for Vienna, Austria – Tax Information

  • Tax Rate: 42% for salaries of €30,000 – €60,000
  • Austrian resident individuals are taxed on their worldwide income; nonresidents are taxed only on Austrian-source income.
  • Basis: Austrian resident individuals are taxed on their worldwide income; nonresidents are taxed only on Austrian-source income.
  • Social Security: The SVA is responsible for the social insurance of all self-employed persons in Austria with the exception of those employed in agriculture. Insurance protection is made up of pension insurance and health insurance schemes.
  • Double Taxation for U.S. Expats? Most likely not! Austria has a valid tax treaty with the U.S. and the foreign earned income and foreign tax credit are applicable here.

Sources: Europa EU, Help.Gv.at, SVA

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