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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Netherlands 2020

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Netherlands?

Average Monthly Salary
8,900 EUR
( 107,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in Netherlands typically earns around 8,900 EUR per month. Salaries range from 4,450 EUR (lowest) to 13,800 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Netherlands

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Netherlands range from 4,450 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 13,800 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,900 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 8,900 EUR while the other half are earning more than 8,900 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 6,010 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,010 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 11,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 11,300 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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Netherlands Civil Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,340 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,060 EUR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 9,450 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 11,300 EUR per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 12,200 EUR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 13,000 EUR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Netherlands

0 - 2 Years
5,340 EUR
2 - 5 Years+32%
7,060 EUR
5 - 10 Years+34%
9,450 EUR
10 - 15 Years+19%
11,300 EUR
15 - 20 Years+8%
12,200 EUR
20+ Years+7%
13,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 7,620 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 12,000 EUR per month, 58% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Netherlands

Bachelor's Degree
7,620 EUR
Master's Degree+58%
12,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 52,100 Euro(s) to 156,000 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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer 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 Civil Engineer employees in Netherlands earn 4% more than their female counterparts.

8,700 EUR
9,080 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Netherlands for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Netherlands

How much are annual salary increments in Netherlands for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in Netherlands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees 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.

Netherlands / All Professions

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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 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Netherlands for the year 2019. 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Netherlands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Netherlands Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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

Private Sector
10,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
10,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Netherlands

How are Civil Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
8,040 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
8,340 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
8,540 EUR
Average Salary 2019+1%
8,660 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer salaries in Netherlands are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Netherlands

51 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Netherlands is 51 EUR. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Netherlands earns approximately 51 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 4% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

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Assistant Chief Engineer9,570 EUR+8%
Associate Engineer9,020 EUR+1%
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Automation Engineer10,300 EUR+16%
Avionic System Support Engineer8,590 EUR-3%
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BMS Engineer9,530 EUR+7%
Bridge and Lock Tender9,410 EUR+6%
Broadcast Engineer10,800 EUR+21%
CAD Design Engineer8,730 EUR-2%
CAD Designer7,680 EUR-14%
CAE Engineer9,270 EUR+4%
Ceramics Engineer9,220 EUR+4%
Civil Engineer8,900 EUR+0%
Commissioning Engineer9,120 EUR+3%
Communications Engineer9,650 EUR+8%
Condition Monitoring Engineer7,910 EUR-11%
Contract Associate Engineer9,370 EUR+5%
Control Systems Engineer9,950 EUR+12%
Controls Engineer9,790 EUR+10%
Controls Software Engineer9,240 EUR+4%
Corrosion Engineer8,930 EUR+0%
Design Engineer10,100 EUR+14%
Drafter6,940 EUR-22%
Drafting Manager10,800 EUR+21%
Drilling Engineer8,690 EUR-2%
Electrical Draughtsman6,200 EUR-30%
Electrical Engineer10,200 EUR+15%
Electrical Engineering Manager11,300 EUR+27%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist9,930 EUR+12%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler9,070 EUR+2%
Energy Engineer10,200 EUR+15%
Engine Assembler6,750 EUR-24%
Engineer9,450 EUR+6%
Engineering Account Manager8,590 EUR-3%
Engineering Chief Designer9,410 EUR+6%
Engineering Consultant10,800 EUR+21%
Engineering Key Account Manager10,700 EUR+20%
Engineering Lab Technician7,990 EUR-10%
Engineering Planning Manager11,600 EUR+30%
Engineering Production Manager11,100 EUR+25%
Engineering Project Analyst10,500 EUR+18%
Engineering Project Coordinator 9,290 EUR+4%
Engineering Project Director11,600 EUR+30%
Engineering Project Manager11,300 EUR+27%
Engineering Research and Development Manager11,200 EUR+26%
Engineering Safety Coordinator8,630 EUR-3%
Engineering Sales Manager10,900 EUR+23%
Engineering Technician8,380 EUR-6%
Engineering Technologist8,280 EUR-7%
Environmental Engineer9,490 EUR+7%
Equipment Engineer9,230 EUR+4%
Equipment Engineering Manager10,600 EUR+19%
Estimator9,400 EUR+6%
Fabrication Specialist7,800 EUR-12%
Fabricator7,200 EUR-19%
Facade Engineer10,100 EUR+14%
Fiber Analyst7,740 EUR-13%
Field Engineer9,270 EUR+4%
Field Engineering Manager11,500 EUR+29%
Fire Engineer10,200 EUR+15%
Fitter and Turner5,180 EUR-42%
Forestry Strategic Planner10,800 EUR+21%
Generation Engineer11,300 EUR+27%
Genetic Engineer11,700 EUR+32%
Geological Engineer11,000 EUR+24%
Geotechnical Engineer10,800 EUR+21%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic7,800 EUR-12%
Highway Engineer8,510 EUR-4%
HSE Professional8,260 EUR-7%
HVAC Engineer9,990 EUR+12%
HVAC Supervisor9,300 EUR+5%
Industrial Engineer8,910 EUR+0%
Industrial Engineering Technologist8,730 EUR-2%
Instrument Engineer9,850 EUR+11%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer9,490 EUR+7%
Instrumentation Engineer10,400 EUR+17%
Instrumentation Manager11,000 EUR+24%
Irrigation Engineer9,380 EUR+5%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer9,560 EUR+7%
Locomotive Engineer9,030 EUR+1%
Maintenance Engineer8,820 EUR-1%
Maintenance Fitter6,460 EUR-27%
Maintenance Manager11,200 EUR+26%
Manufacturing Engineer10,600 EUR+19%
Marine Engineer8,610 EUR-3%
Materials Engineer8,550 EUR-4%
Materials Researcher9,850 EUR+11%
Materials Technician9,270 EUR+4%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer10,100 EUR+14%
Mechanical Design Engineer9,690 EUR+9%
Mechanical Designer8,940 EUR+0%
Mechanical Engineer10,000 EUR+12%
Mechanical Engineering Manager11,100 EUR+25%
Mechanical Inspector9,740 EUR+9%
Mechatronics Engineer8,800 EUR-1%
Mining Engineer8,200 EUR-8%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer10,000 EUR+12%
Optical Engineer8,630 EUR-3%
Optical Instrument Assembler8,180 EUR-8%
PCB Assembler6,830 EUR-23%
Photonics Engineer9,980 EUR+12%
Photonics Technician8,600 EUR-3%
Pipeline Engineer9,380 EUR+5%
Piping Designer7,960 EUR-11%
Piping Engineer9,410 EUR+6%
Planning Engineer9,230 EUR+4%
Pressure Vessel Inspector6,310 EUR-29%
Principal Cost Engineer10,600 EUR+19%
Principal Engineer9,730 EUR+9%
Principal Support Engineer9,020 EUR+1%
Process Engineer9,220 EUR+4%
Process Operator7,930 EUR-11%
Product Development Engineer9,610 EUR+8%
Product Development Technician8,540 EUR-4%
Product Engineer9,130 EUR+3%
Product Safety Engineer9,330 EUR+5%
Production Engineer10,000 EUR+12%
Project Engineer9,290 EUR+4%
Proposal Manager10,600 EUR+19%
Purchasing Engineer9,530 EUR+7%
Quality Assurance Engineer9,160 EUR+3%
Rail Engineer8,730 EUR-2%
Robotics Engineer11,000 EUR+24%
Robotics Technician8,690 EUR-2%
Safety Engineer9,070 EUR+2%
Safety Inspector8,260 EUR-7%
Safety Manager10,300 EUR+16%
Safety Officer7,610 EUR-14%
Sales Engineer9,410 EUR+6%
Scheduling Engineer8,470 EUR-5%
Service Engineer10,500 EUR+18%
Solar Engineer9,490 EUR+7%
Staff Engineer9,270 EUR+4%
Static Equipment Engineer8,450 EUR-5%
Stationary Engineer8,330 EUR-6%
Stress Engineer8,260 EUR-7%
Structural Analysis Engineer9,590 EUR+8%
Structural Designer8,030 EUR-10%
Structural Engineer9,260 EUR+4%
Structural Technician8,120 EUR-9%
Supply Chain Specialist9,930 EUR+12%
Surveyor7,010 EUR-21%
Technical Affairs Officer7,500 EUR-16%
Technical Assistant8,180 EUR-8%
Technical Engineer8,600 EUR-3%
Technical Support Engineer8,030 EUR-10%
Tender Engineer8,380 EUR-6%
Test Development Engineer9,180 EUR+3%
Transportation Engineer9,250 EUR+4%
Validation Engineer8,800 EUR-1%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Almere9,050 EUR
Amsterdam9,790 EUR
Breda8,780 EUR
Eindhoven9,300 EUR
Groningen8,470 EUR
Nijmegen8,220 EUR
Rotterdam10,200 EUR
s-Gravenhage9,550 EUR
Tilburg9,640 EUR
Utrecht9,910 EUR
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