According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average salary for an unmarried worker without any dependents is not much more than $25000 a year, based on 2012 statistics.Only Greece and Portugal have salaries less than those in Italy. This number is calculated after taxes, making a gross average salary slightly higher than $35,000.
From what I have been told by my Italian friends, there are basically two levels of salary, and not much in between. Some jobs have options to work overtime, such as police officers. Others are seasonal and the job is only for six or eight months, with the rest of the year subsidized by the Italian government.
I would love to know what the salaries for nurses are, but I do understand that nurses in Italy do not enjoy the status of professional, as they do in the United States, and I am sure the salary is commensurate with that role. As much as I love Italy, some things are not better there, which is why I enjoy visiting but will always want to live in the U.S.