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Petrol Index 2023: how many litres of petrol can you buy for an average wage?

PicodiJuly 12, 2023 analysts examined the dynamics of petrol price change in Saudi Arabia and around the world in the first half of the year and calculated how many litres of petrol an average Saudi earning an average wage can afford.

Petrol prices have stabilized

In the first six months of 2023, the prices of petrol in our region remained stable. In most countries, the petrol price in June remained unchanged or differed from the price in January by less than 10%. Only in Türkiye petrol became noticeably more expensive – 15.7%. In Israel, petrol was cheaper than in January by 1%.

In Saudi Arabia, the average petrol price in June 2023 was SAR 2.33, the same price as in January.

The petrol prices also remained unchanged in countries such as Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia. In some cases, it is due to the decision to freeze the prices of fuel.

Petrol Index 2023

The lowest petrol prices can be found in Iran ($0.35/litre), Kuwait ($0.34/litre), and Algeria ($0.34/litre). On the other hand, the highest petrol prices have to be paid by drivers from Israel ($1.94/litre), Jordan ($1.61/litre), and Türkiye ($0.99/litre). In Saudi Arabia, petrol costs $0.62/litre, 14 cents less than the continental average.

We also checked the relation between petrol prices and local average wages.

(click the arrows to see data from the remaining 12 countries)

With the average wage, the most petrol can be bought by the citizens of high-wage countries – Kuwaitis (7,222 litres), Qataris (6,839 litres), and Emiratis (4,611 litres).

According to the newest data presented by GaStat, the average wage in Saudi Arabia is SAR 9,893 net monthly. This means that an average Saudi can buy 4,246 litres of petrol (4th out of 13 countries). Last year, in the same period, the average wage could buy 4,372 litres (126 litres more).

This is what the petrol index in Saudi Arabia looked like in the last 5 years:

  • 2019 – 3,277 litres;
  • 2020 – 8,210 litres;
  • 2021 – 5,170 litres;
  • 2022 – 4,372 litres;
  • 2023 – 4,246 litres.

In search of a driver’s paradise…

Compared to last year, the three leaders have not changed: Algeria ($0.34/litre), Kuwait ($0.34/litre) and Iran ($0.35/litre) are still the cheapest countries in the world. Hong Kong continues to be the most expensive country with a litre of petrol costing $2.99.

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In the global ranking of purchasing power, the podium belongs to the Gulf countries: with the average wage the most petrol can be bought in Kuwait (7,222 litres), Qatar (6,839 litres), and the United Arab Emirates (4,611 litres).

On the other hand, the Petrol Index looks the worst in these countries:

  • Pakistan – 166 litres for the average wage;
  • Sri Lanka – 157 litres;
  • Cuba – 27 litres.


Petrol Index is an annual ranking of the relation between petrol prices and salaries conducted by since 2019.

In this study, we used the latest average wage data published by national statistics offices or relevant ministries. In countries where such data is not published, we used statistics from Numbeo.

The average petrol prices in 104 countries in the first half of 2023 were taken from and other local sources. The difference between prices in June and January was calculated in local currencies. In order to calculate the “Petrol Index”, we divided the average net wage (obtained through local wage calculators) by an average price of a litre of petrol in June. For currency conversion, we used the average exchange rate data from Google Finance for June 2023.

All the prices, along with the list of sources can be found here.

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