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How many litres of petrol the average salary buys in South Africa vs Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, and the US

Research from Picodi.com has revealed that the average South African salary, which currently stands at R21,564, can purchase roughly 968 litres of petrol at an average price of R22.27 per litre, around 103 litres more than at the same time last year.

Out of the 98 countries on review in the Picodi Petrol Index, which compares the affordability of fuel around the world calculated as the price of a litre of petrol measured against the average salary, South Africa ranks 33rd.

First is Kuwait, where the average salary can purchase 7,222 litres of petrol, and last is Cuba, where a full paycheck only gets you 27 litres of petrol.

Amongst the nine African countries on review – comprising Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia – we on the southernmost tip have the highest affordability rating.

“The lowest petrol prices can be found in Tunisia ($0.82/litre), Egypt ($0.37/litre), and Algeria ($0.34/litre),” said Picodi.

“On the other hand, the highest petrol prices have to be paid by drivers from Mauritius ($1.62/litre), Zambia ($1.46/litre), and Kenya ($1.32/litre).”

South Africans earn a higher salary, on average, than the citizens of many of these nations, and as such, the other African countries rank 41st, 76th, 94th, 85th, 83rd, 95th, 79th, and 92nd on the Petrol Index, respectively.

Other major nations around the world have it a bit nicer than we do, though.

In the United States, the biggest economy on the globe, the average salary gets a motorist 4,172 litres per month thus ranking fifth on the index.

In Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer in the world, it jumps to an even higher 4,246 litres, grabbing the middle-Eastern country fourth place.

Despite Russia also being a major oil producer, the average citizen of the eastern-European state can only afford 1,191 litres per paycheck, putting it 31st on the Petrol Index – only two clicks above South Africa.

China, the most populous country in the world and the second-largest economy, actually ranks lower than we do at 36th place, as most of its citizens can only buy 893 litres of petrol with their salaries.

Driver’s paradise

Click on any country in the below infogram to see the affordability of petrol in this region:

The full list of where all the countries in Picodi’s Petrol Index rank can be found below:


Global Petrol Affordability Index 2023

Rank Country Litres of petrol purchased with the average salary
1 Kuwait 7,222
2 Qatar 6,839
3 United Arab Emirates 4,611
4 Saudi Arabia 4,246
5 United States 4,172
6 Australia 3,669
7 Oman 3,648
8 Switzerland 3,025
9 Luxembourg 2,413
10 Canada 2,170
11 South Korea 2,132
12 Denmark 2,033
13 New Zealand 1,960
14 Ireland 1,951
15 Malaysia 1,805
16 Norway 1,715
17 Puerto Rico 1,696
18 Japan 1,570
19 Iceland 1,562
20 Austria 1,543
21 Sweden 1,499
22 Germany 1,480
23 United Kingdom 1,477
24 Netherlands 1,470
25 Belgium 1,440
26 Cyprus 1,416
=27 France 1,369
=27 Taiwan 1,369
29 Finland 1,362
30 Kazakhstan 1,246
31 Russia 1,191
32 Spain 1,042
33 South Africa 968
34 Iraq 945
35 Czechia 900
36 China 893
37 Estonia 846
=38 Ecuador 822
=38 Lithuania 822
40 Poland 805
=41 Algeria 792
=41 Iran 792
43 Croatia 738
44 Italy 734
45 Panama 723
46 Bolivia 722
47 Romania 686
48 Latvia 683
=49 Hungary 678
=49 Belarus 678
51 Slovakia 636
52 Costa Rica 627
53 Portugal 609
54 Bulgaria 579
55 Uruguay 557
56 Chile 540
57 Montenegro 521
58 Georgia 511
59 Greece 500
60 Mexico 499
61 Brazil 490
62 Bosnia and Herzegnovia 480
=63 Honduras 476
=63 Serbia 476
65 Vietnam 475
66 India 453
67 North Macedonia 447
=68 Armenia 438
=68 Thailand 438
70 Turkey 428
71 Colombia 420
72 Guatemala 415
73 Argentina 412
74 Azerbaijan 407
75 Kyrgyzstan 406
76 Egypt 396
=77 Jordan 388
=77 Moldova 388
79 Tunisia 363
80 Peru 362
81 El Salvador 354
82 Uzbekistan 328
83 Mauritius 320
84 Paraguay 314
85 Kenya 302
86 Albania 298
87 Phillippines 287
88 Dominican Republic 282
89 Cambodia 242
90 Ukraine 241
91 Indonesia 232
92 Zambia 225
93 Nicaragua 216
94 Ghana 187
95 Nigeria 172
96 Pakistan 166
97 Sri Lanka 157
98 Cuba 27

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