Official data released today in an article in the independent says that Irish average salary is now 38,600 euros. However this cannot be correct as it is also the case that only 22 percent of taxpayers pay tax at the higher rate of circa 36,000 euros. The 22 percent must correct as it is hard data from revenue of actual tax paid. It cannot be the case that 38,600 is the average salary in Ireland when almost 80 percent of taxpayers earn less than this. Either the official statisticians cannot do basic maths or they are excluding many people from their data set in order to make the average salary appear much larger than the reality.