The 30 countries around the world where expats earn the most money, ranked

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  • HSBC Expat released its annual expat survey to find the countries where expats earn the highest income and have the most job opportunities.
  • There are countries from all over the world, including the US, China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
  • Switzerland is the best country to live abroad if you want to make more money – the average expat salary is $202,865.

Everyone has to leave home at some point. But rather than head across the country, some people head across the world in search of greener pastures.

Choosing where to go can be an overwhelming decision. HSBC Expat is making that decision a whole lot easier thanks to its annual survey of 25,000 expats around the world.

The survey, released Thursday, reveals the best countries to live in the world to earn the highest income as an expat. While the US and Switzerland made the top ten, it seems the direction to move is east. Asian countries made up seven of the top ten countries for expat incomes.

We pulled out the top 30 countries for expat incomes, 12 of which are above $100,000. Have a look – you might find your new home.


30. Philippines

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Average Income for Expats: $59,134


29. Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Dmitry Polonskiy/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $60,793


28. Mexico

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Pedestrians cross Zocalo Street in Mexico City, Mexico.
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smileyunita/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $66,940


27. Poland

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Andrzej Rostek/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $67,966


26. Russia

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Alexey Malchenko/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $69,076


25. South Africa

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Andrea Willmore/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $71,854


24. Brazil

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Average Income for Expats: $73,647


23. Thailand

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Jan Schneckenhaus/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $74,777


22. Ireland

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Average Income for Expats: $78,212


21. France

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Shutterstock/Ioan Panaite

Average Income for Expats: $83,683


20. United Kingdom

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Scott Barbour/Getty

Average Income for Expats: $86,844


19. New Zealand

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Average Income for Expats: $88,041


18. Sweden

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Oleksiy Mark/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $88,400


17. Taiwan

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Average Income for Expats: $88,473


16. Vietnam

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Average Income for Expats: $90,408


15. Canada

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Inga Locmele/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $91,842


14. Germany

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Average Income for Expats: $95,337


13. Saudi Arabia

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Francisco Anzola/Flickr

Average Income for Expats: $99,615


12. Bahrain

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Flickr/Chris Price

Average Income for Expats: $102,670


11. Malaysia

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Shutterstock/zhu difeng

Average Income for Expats: $117,269


10. Australia

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Average Income for Expats: $125,803


9. Japan

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Koichi Kamoshida/Getty

Average Income for Expats: $127,362


8. Indonesia

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Average Income for Expats: $127,980


7. India

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Iuliia Khabibullina/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $131,759


6. United Arab Emirates

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Shutterstock/evenfh

Average Income for Expats: $155,039


5. Singapore

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Shutterstock/joyfull

Average Income for Expats: $162,172


4. China

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Andrew Milligan Sumo/Flickr

Average Income for Expats: $172,678


3. Hong Kong

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A cityscape of Hong Kong is see from the Peak on August 8, 2000, moments after sunset.
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Bobby Yip/Reuters

Average Income for Expats: $178,706


2. USA

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Average Income for Expats: $185,119


1. Switzerland

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Fedor Selivanov/Shutterstock

Average Income for Expats: $202,865