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LegalOctober 04, 2022

Thailand increases legal minimum wages for 2022

By:Stephen Frost
In this article, we set out the increases to national minimum wages approved by the National Wages Committee, and due to come into effect on 1 October 2022.

This is the first increase in legal minimum wages since January 2020. The average increase is 5%. The new wages, are set out in the table below:

Province New minimum daily wage
(as from 1 October 2022)
Chonburi, Rayong, Phuket 354 Baht
Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon 353 Baht
Chachoengsao 345 Baht
Ayutthaya 313 Baht
Prachin Buri, Nong Khai, Ubon Rachathani, Phangna, Krabi, Trat, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Suphan Buri, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakorn Ratchasima, Lopburi, Saraburi 340 Baht
Mukdahan, Kalasin, Sakhon Nakhon, Samut Songkhram, Chantaburi, Nakhon Nayok 338 Baht
Petchburi, Kanchanaburi, Bung Kan, Chai Nat, Nakhon – Phanom, Phayao, Surin, Yasothon, Roe Et, Loei, Phattahalung, Uttaradut, Nakhon Sawan, Phrachuap Kiri Kan, Phitsanulok, Ang Thong, Sa Kaeo, Buriram, Petchburi, 335 Baht
Amnat Charoen, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Trang, Si Sa Ket, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Uthai Thani. Lamphang, Lamphun, Chumphon, Maha Asarakham, Singburi, Sathun, Phrae, Sukhothai, Kampaeng Phet, Ratchburi. Tak, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Chaiyaphum, Ranong, Pichit. 332 Baht
Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Nan, Udon Thani 328 Baht


National minimum wages were last increased in January 2020 and there have been no increases since then. The increases are modest, bearing in mind the increased cost of food and transport in particular, during the past three years and the reduced wages that many have suffered due to the Covid crisis. Thailand has continued its reversion to fixing wages on a province-by-province basis in contrast to the previous approach of a nationwide minimum wage. Thus those living in the provinces will still be attracted to looking for employment in greater Bangkok or Phuket to potentially earn the highest wage.

Stephen Frost
Consultant at ICR Thailand
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