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Average Salary in Netherlands 2023

How much money does a person working in Netherlands make?

Average Monthly Salary
4,880 EUR
( 58,600 EUR yearly)


A person working in Netherlands typically earns around 4,880 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,350 EUR (lowest average) to 21,300 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Netherlands

Median and salary distribution monthly Netherlands
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Netherlands range from 1,350 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 21,300 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,180 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,180 EUR while the other half are earning more than 5,180 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 2,940 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,940 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 14,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 14,000 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Netherlands costs anywhere from 24,400 Euro(s) to 73,300 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Netherlands earn 5% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

5,000 EUR
4,770 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Netherlands

How much are annual salary increments in Netherlands? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in Netherlands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Netherlands is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Netherlands for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in Netherlands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Netherlands
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43% of surveyed staff in Netherlands reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant3,540 EUR
Accounting Assistant2,670 EUR
Accounting Manager7,200 EUR
Bookkeeper2,290 EUR
Chartered Accountant4,360 EUR
Corporate Treasurer6,210 EUR
Financial Analyst6,290 EUR
Financial Manager9,560 EUR
Internal Auditor4,500 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant2,680 EUR
Office Manager4,240 EUR
Receptionist2,300 EUR
Secretary2,280 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director4,950 EUR
Creative Director4,780 EUR
Graphic Designer2,970 EUR
Photographer2,640 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer5,970 EUR
Air Traffic Controller5,420 EUR
Flight Attendant3,210 EUR
Pilot8,320 EUR

Architect5,900 EUR
CAD Drafter2,610 EUR

Mechanic1,940 EUR
Service Advisor3,460 EUR

Bank Branch Manager8,540 EUR
Teller1,910 EUR

Teacher3,890 EUR
Translator4,360 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst5,760 EUR
Business Development Manager7,520 EUR
Project Manager6,310 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny2,010 EUR
Nursery Teacher1,820 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer4,660 EUR
Construction Project Manager7,710 EUR
Health and Safety Officer2,320 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative1,860 EUR
Customer Service Manager6,750 EUR
Customer Service Representative1,890 EUR

Civil Engineer4,270 EUR
Electrical Engineer4,800 EUR
Engineer4,640 EUR
Mechanical Engineer4,590 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer10,900 EUR
Chief Financial Officer9,480 EUR
General Manager8,700 EUR
Project Manager5,430 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef3,160 EUR
Executive Chef3,640 EUR
Hotel Manager8,670 EUR
Receptionist1,990 EUR
Travel Agent3,050 EUR
Waiter / Waitress1,680 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist11,300 EUR
Dietitian9,160 EUR
Laboratory Technician3,670 EUR
Nurse3,920 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager7,200 EUR
Human Resources Officer2,990 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician3,710 EUR
Database Administrator4,900 EUR
Developer / Programmer4,560 EUR
Information Technology Manager7,620 EUR
Network Engineer4,150 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer2,840 EUR

Attorney9,530 EUR
Legal Assistant2,550 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist5,410 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer4,190 EUR
Pharmacist6,040 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier1,980 EUR
Sales Manager8,220 EUR
Sales Representative3,030 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher3,280 EUR
Secondary School Teacher3,900 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Netherlands

28 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Netherlands is 28 EUR. This means that the average person in Netherlands earns approximately 28 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Almere4,810 EUR
Amsterdam5,370 EUR
Breda4,630 EUR
Eindhoven5,000 EUR
Groningen4,720 EUR
Nijmegen4,530 EUR
Rotterdam5,280 EUR
s-Gravenhage5,190 EUR
Tilburg4,910 EUR
Utrecht5,090 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Netherlands earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,770 EUR
Public Sector+5%
5,010 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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