Curious on what autoworkers are paid on average across Europe? European nations have increased productivity and increased labor rates over a ten year period. Germany pays the highest, $36.80 an hour in 2001 rising steadily from ten years ago while the U.S. rates have actually fell between 1995 and 2001, from $34.30 to $33.80. The cheapest labor across Europe was in Greece at $12.20 an hour. The study also predicts that Europe will steadily outpace the U.S. and Japan in vehicle production and automotive spending devoted to research and development.