Salary Matrix for a Living Wage

Start calculating the total remuneration and gaps with recommended living wages

The IDH Salary Matrix is developed to support, with practical tools, the efforts that you can use to bring transparency in supply chains regarding wages. It helps you evaluate how the total remuneration (including wages, bonuses, cash and in-kind benefits) compares to the relevant living wage benchmarks.

La Matriz Salarial también está disponible en Español.

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The tool was originally developed by IDH and Rainforest Alliance as part of the project ‘Next Steps in Sustainability: Measuring Impact and Assessing Living Wages’ in Costa Rica and Belize. In this project, seven pilot farms volunteered to better understand how their total remuneration compares with the living wage recommended for each country/region, thus preparing themselves to address possible gaps.

In May 2019, IDH started a public consultation process to further refine the tool. The valuable feedback received from private sector partners, certification bodies and others lays the foundation to further refine the tool and help all supply chain actors take effective action towards a living wage.

This accompanying publication will provide you with details on the history and improvements since the first version of this tool was published.

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A version of the tool in Excel format is also available upon request. If you have any further questions or need more information, please contact

  • Versión en Español de la Matriz Salarial
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    Verifying Living Wage Calculations

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