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Creative Designer Average Salary in Netherlands 2023

How much money does a Creative Designer make in Netherlands?

Average Monthly Salary
3,520 EUR
( 42,300 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Creative Designer in Netherlands typically earns around 3,520 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,900 EUR (lowest) to 5,320 EUR (highest).

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

Creative Designer Salary Distribution in Netherlands

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

  • Salary Range

    Creative Designer salaries in Netherlands range from 1,900 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,320 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,240 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 3,240 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,240 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 Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 2,320 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,320 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 3,940 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,940 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

Creative Designer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Creative Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Creative Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,210 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,790 EUR per month, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,680 EUR per month, 32% 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, Creative Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,330 EUR per month, 18% 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 4,790 EUR per month, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,100 EUR per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Creative Designer average salary change by experience in Netherlands

0 - 2 Years
2,210 EUR
2 - 5 Years+26%
2,790 EUR
5 - 10 Years+32%
3,680 EUR
10 - 15 Years+18%
4,330 EUR
15 - 20 Years+11%
4,790 EUR
20+ Years+6%
5,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Creative Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly Netherlands Creative Designer
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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 Creative Designer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Creative Designer is 2,690 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,030 EUR per month, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,990 EUR per month, 32% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 4,950 EUR per month, 24% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Creative Designer average salary difference by education level in Netherlands

High School
2,690 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+13%
3,030 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+32%
3,990 EUR
Master's Degree+24%
4,950 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 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 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Creative Designer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Netherlands Creative Designer
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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 Creative Designer employees in Netherlands earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,600 EUR
3,450 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Netherlands for all Careers

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Creative Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Netherlands

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

Creative Designer

Creative Designer(s) in Netherlands are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 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

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Creative Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Netherlands

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Netherlands Creative Designer
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A Creative Designer 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.

48% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Creative Designer Average Hourly Wage in Netherlands

20 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Netherlands is 20 EUR. This means that the average Creative Designer in Netherlands earns approximately 20 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.

Creative Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Creative Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Netherlands
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The average salary for Creative Designer is 24% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive5,340 EUR+51%
Advertising Account Manager5,620 EUR+59%
Advertising Account Planner3,060 EUR-13%
Advertising Coordinator3,980 EUR+13%
Advertising Manager7,500 EUR+110%
Advertising Operations Manager8,220 EUR+130%
Advertising Strategic Planner5,170 EUR+47%
Advertising Team Leader4,420 EUR+25%
Animator3,460 EUR-2%
Art Director4,950 EUR+40%
Artist3,980 EUR+13%
Artworker2,860 EUR-19%
Assistant Art Director3,750 EUR+6%
Audiosual Technician3,010 EUR-15%
Broadcast Administrator5,040 EUR+43%
Catering Sales3,110 EUR-12%
Catering Trainer3,790 EUR+8%
Commercial and Industrial Designer2,930 EUR-17%
Conference Organiser3,610 EUR+2%
Content and Media Production Lead5,610 EUR+59%
CopyWriter3,460 EUR-2%
Creative Designer3,520 EUR-0%
Creative Director4,780 EUR+36%
Designer 2,750 EUR-22%
Desktop Publisher2,310 EUR-34%
Director of Graphic Design4,350 EUR+23%
Events and Promotions Manager7,760 EUR+120%
Exhibit Display Coordinator3,560 EUR+1%
Exhibit Display Manager4,960 EUR+41%
Finisher2,620 EUR-26%
Graphic Artist3,230 EUR-8%
Graphic Designer2,970 EUR-16%
Graphics Design Supervisor4,270 EUR+21%
Imagery Analyst2,760 EUR-22%
Imaging Technologist2,910 EUR-17%
Interaction Designer2,570 EUR-27%
Media Planner4,060 EUR+15%
Media Production Coordinator3,730 EUR+6%
Media Production Manager6,280 EUR+78%
Media Project Manager6,780 EUR+92%
Media Relations Representative5,590 EUR+59%
Media Sales Executive6,180 EUR+75%
Multimedia Specialist2,910 EUR-17%
Photographer2,640 EUR-25%
PPC Campaign Manager5,100 EUR+45%
Print Production Manager5,360 EUR+52%
Product and Brand Manager7,280 EUR+110%
Sales Promotion Manager7,630 EUR+120%
Sketch Artist3,580 EUR+2%
Social Media Executive6,330 EUR+80%
Technical Typist2,260 EUR-36%
User Experience UX Designer3,250 EUR-8%
UX Designer2,870 EUR-19%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Almere3,580 EUR
Amsterdam3,880 EUR
Breda3,480 EUR
Eindhoven3,680 EUR
Groningen3,530 EUR
Nijmegen3,420 EUR
Rotterdam3,830 EUR
s-Gravenhage3,780 EUR
Tilburg3,630 EUR
Utrecht3,730 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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