Whether you're living in Ethiopia or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

7,100 ETB

average per month

1,800 ETB

Range

15,000 ETB

13,000 ETB

average per month

2,700 ETB

Range

21,000 ETB

21,000 ETB

average per month

6,300 ETB

Range

32,000 ETB

5,400 ETB

average per month

890 ETB

Range

12,000 ETB

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Ethiopia is 7,100 ETB. Expenses can range from 1,800 ETB at the minimum level to 15,000 ETB at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Ethiopia is 13,000 ETB. Expenditure can range from 2,700 ETB to 21,000 ETB per month.

The average cost of living for families in Ethiopia is 21,000 ETB per month. Families spend anywhere from 6,300 ETB to 32,000 ETB.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Ethiopia is 5,400 ETB. Students spend from 890 ETB to 12,000 ETB per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

1.8 ETB

1.8 ETB

1.8 ETB

combo meal

18 ETB

13 ETB

30 ETB

meal for one

60 ETB

47 ETB

74 ETB

meal for one

150 ETB

99 ETB

180 ETB

Soft Drink

1.5 ETB

1.5 ETB

1.5 ETB

or latte

12 ETB

7.4 ETB

18 ETB

large bottle

8.9 ETB

7.4 ETB

9.9 ETB

bread

1.3 ETB

1.1 ETB

1.5 ETB

eggs

8.9 ETB

7.4 ETB

11 ETB

chicken

21 ETB

16 ETB

26 ETB

1 kg or 1 lb

24 ETB

20 ETB

30 ETB

1 kg or 1 lb

13 ETB

11 ETB

15 ETB

1 kg or 1 lb

6.0 ETB

5.0 ETB

7.4 ETB

1 kg or 1 lb

6.4 ETB

5.6 ETB

6.9 ETB

1 kg or 1 lb

6.2 ETB

5.4 ETB

6.9 ETB

taxi ride

8.9 ETB

7.4 ETB

18 ETB

full tank

60 ETB

45 ETB

120 ETB

1-day rental

60 ETB

45 ETB

89 ETB

price

45,000 ETB

22,000 ETB

60,000 ETB

one way

2.2 ETB

1.5 ETB

4.5 ETB

Service

89 ETB

60 ETB

180 ETB

and water bill

430 ETB

110 ETB

910 ETB

and water bill

540 ETB

130 ETB

1,100 ETB

and water bill

860 ETB

190 ETB

960 ETB

and cable

89 ETB

45 ETB

120 ETB

charges

60 ETB

36 ETB

180 ETB

ticket

30 ETB

22 ETB

45 ETB

membership

89 ETB

71 ETB

180 ETB

or pants

74 ETB

53 ETB

110 ETB

dress

69 ETB

50 ETB

220 ETB

shoes

64 ETB

47 ETB

150 ETB

shoes

50 ETB

41 ETB

99 ETB

suit

56 ETB

45 ETB

300 ETB

t-shirt

30 ETB

22 ETB

89 ETB

apartment

1,100 ETB

740 ETB

3,000 ETB

apartment

1,800 ETB

1,100 ETB

4,500 ETB

apartment

2,200 ETB

1,500 ETB

6,000 ETB

apartment

220,000 ETB

150,000 ETB

450,000 ETB

apartment

300,000 ETB

180,000 ETB

1,100,000 ETB

apartment

890,000 ETB

300,000 ETB

1,800,000 ETB

Bed

1,100 ETB

890 ETB

1,500 ETB

Bed

890 ETB

600 ETB

1,100 ETB

Bed

690 ETB

530 ETB

890 ETB

Room

1,300 ETB

990 ETB

4,500 ETB

Table

600 ETB

450 ETB

1,100 ETB

or Couch

810 ETB

600 ETB

1,800 ETB

Set

890 ETB

600 ETB

1,800 ETB

or Freezer

810 ETB

530 ETB

1,100 ETB

Machine

990 ETB

690 ETB

1,800 ETB

or Cooker

810 ETB

640 ETB

1,100 ETB

Phone

890 ETB

740 ETB

1,300 ETB

or Computer

990 ETB

810 ETB

1,800 ETB

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Ethiopia

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 640 ETB |

AVERAGE | 2,600 ETB |

HIGH | 5,500 ETB |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 110 ETB |

AVERAGE | 430 ETB |

HIGH | 910 ETB |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 140 ETB |

AVERAGE | 570 ETB |

HIGH | 1,200 ETB |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 290 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,100 ETB |

HIGH | 2,400 ETB |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 160 ETB |

AVERAGE | 640 ETB |

HIGH | 1,400 ETB |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 89 ETB |

AVERAGE | 360 ETB |

HIGH | 760 ETB |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 36 ETB |

AVERAGE | 140 ETB |

HIGH | 300 ETB |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 320 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,300 ETB |

HIGH | 2,700 ETB |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Ethiopia

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 880 ETB |

AVERAGE | 4,400 ETB |

HIGH | 7,100 ETB |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 130 ETB |

AVERAGE | 540 ETB |

HIGH | 1,100 ETB |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 320 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,600 ETB |

HIGH | 2,600 ETB |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 380 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,900 ETB |

HIGH | 3,000 ETB |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 290 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,500 ETB |

HIGH | 2,400 ETB |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 160 ETB |

AVERAGE | 800 ETB |

HIGH | 1,300 ETB |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 54 ETB |

AVERAGE | 270 ETB |

HIGH | 430 ETB |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 460 ETB |

AVERAGE | 2,300 ETB |

HIGH | 3,600 ETB |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Ethiopia

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 2,000 ETB |

AVERAGE | 6,900 ETB |

HIGH | 10,000 ETB |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 190 ETB |

AVERAGE | 860 ETB |

HIGH | 960 ETB |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 500 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,700 ETB |

HIGH | 2,600 ETB |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 1,100 ETB |

AVERAGE | 3,900 ETB |

HIGH | 5,800 ETB |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 500 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,700 ETB |

HIGH | 2,600 ETB |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 310 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,100 ETB |

HIGH | 1,600 ETB |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 880 ETB |

AVERAGE | 3,000 ETB |

HIGH | 4,500 ETB |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 750 ETB |

AVERAGE | 2,600 ETB |

HIGH | 3,900 ETB |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Ethiopia

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 210 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,300 ETB |

HIGH | 2,800 ETB |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 36 ETB |

AVERAGE | 210 ETB |

HIGH | 460 ETB |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 63 ETB |

AVERAGE | 380 ETB |

HIGH | 810 ETB |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 180 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,100 ETB |

HIGH | 2,300 ETB |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 54 ETB |

AVERAGE | 320 ETB |

HIGH | 700 ETB |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 45 ETB |

AVERAGE | 270 ETB |

HIGH | 580 ETB |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 170 ETB |

AVERAGE | 1,000 ETB |

HIGH | 2,200 ETB |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 130 ETB |

AVERAGE | 800 ETB |

HIGH | 1,700 ETB |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Ethiopia typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 3,800 ETB with expenditure ranging from 940 ETB and 6,400 ETB. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Ethiopia ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 510 ETB with 120 ETB and 850 ETB being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 260 ETB to 1,800 ETB on commuting with 1,100 ETB being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Ethiopia is 2,000 ETB. The cost of groceries can range between 490 ETB to 3,400 ETB. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Ethiopia allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 250 ETB to 1,700 ETB with 1,000 ETB being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 150 ETB to 1,100 ETB with 630 ETB being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 1,100 ETB per month with 280 ETB being the minimum spent amount and 1,900 ETB being the maximum.