Expatriates in Southeast Asia are the highest paid globally and report greater levels of disposable income, according to a new survey from HSBC.
The average annual salary for expats -- or those living outside their home country -- in Asia Pacific was $126,000, compared with a global average of $104,000, the survey found. The survey was conducted by YouGov and questioned nearly 22,000 expats from 198 countries.
Expats in Asia also largely said they had more disposable income and could save more since moving to the region, with nearly 70 percent in some countries, such as China and Vietnam, agreeing, the survey found. The global averages were 57 percent who said they had greater levels of disposable income and 52 percent who said they were able to save more, the survey said.
"Asia offers some of the most rewarding job opportunities, allowing expats to experience and learn skills while at the same time, boost their standard of living and raise lifestyle aspirations," Matthew Colebrook, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Singapore, said in a statement.