I am trying to find wage data on Indians. In particular, I want to find relatively new information on the average daily/weekly/hourly (slight preference for the weekly, but could live with any alternative) of college educated Indian male wages.

I have found this

I could even use the 2008 data if I would have access to a level of earnings index from India to update the data to a later year, but alas, I do not have that either.

I also took a look at the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), but I think that's also a bit too old.

Any tips much welcome! Thanks!


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Have you checked CMIE CPHS database?It provides monthly wage income. https://consumerpyramidsdx.cmie.com/

  • $\begingroup$ hey @chris jude, this is super useful! I am afraid that CMIE has a price tag that goes way above what I am willing to pay. CMIE did link to an academic paper that sort of gives me what I wanted. Cheers! :) $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2022 at 11:18
  • $\begingroup$ I am keeping the question open for a while longer to see if any other options pop up. In particular, I would like to get weekly/monthly wage data. $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2022 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ This might be also useful for you. CMIE is paid data. NSSO is available and is widely used in literature - India - Employment and Unemployment, July 2011- June 2012, NSS 68th Round. microdata.gov.in/nada43/index.php/catalog/127. Although I am not quite sure whether it will serve the purpose, please also check PLFS data available in the same website $\endgroup$
    – chris jude
    Dec 7, 2022 at 17:47

Following @Chris Jude's clue, I found this paper: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504851.2022.2141438

Maiti, A. (2022). Heterogeneous impact of COVID-19 pandemic on individual income across industries. Applied Economics Letters, 1-8.

Table 1 of the paper has average annual wages by industry along with sample sizes. This allows me to calculate a weighted mean. I can also exclude agriculture and related industries to make the sample more "urban" and "educated".


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