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Engineering Average Salaries in Brussel 2023

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Brussel?

Average Monthly Salary
5,440 EUR
( 65,300 EUR yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Brussel typically earns around 5,440 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,040 EUR (lowest average) to 11,000 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer5,160 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,450 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,100 EUR
Associate Engineer4,860 EUR
Autocad Operator3,710 EUR
Automation Engineer5,550 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,250 EUR
Biochemical Engineer5,030 EUR
BMS Engineer5,290 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,030 EUR
Broadcast Engineer5,420 EUR
CAD Design Engineer5,670 EUR
CAD Designer3,530 EUR
CAE Engineer5,280 EUR
Ceramics Engineer4,950 EUR
Civil Engineer5,390 EUR
Commissioning Engineer5,510 EUR
Communications Engineer5,780 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,820 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer5,110 EUR
Control Systems Engineer5,420 EUR
Controls Engineer5,420 EUR
Controls Software Engineer4,780 EUR
Corrosion Engineer5,200 EUR
Design Engineer5,770 EUR
Drafter3,620 EUR
Drafting Manager6,120 EUR
Drilling Engineer5,370 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman3,020 EUR
Electrical Engineer5,870 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager7,340 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,890 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,030 EUR
Energy Engineer5,610 EUR
Engine Assembler2,580 EUR
Engineer5,950 EUR
Engineering Account Manager6,230 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer5,880 EUR
Engineering Consultant7,300 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager7,920 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician5,250 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager7,140 EUR
Engineering Production Manager9,200 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst6,520 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,470 EUR
Engineering Project Director10,700 EUR
Engineering Project Manager7,180 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,150 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,170 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager7,200 EUR
Engineering Technician4,170 EUR
Engineering Technologist4,170 EUR
Environmental Engineer5,420 EUR
Equipment Engineer4,950 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager6,770 EUR
Estimator4,580 EUR
Fabrication Specialist4,150 EUR
Fabricator2,760 EUR
Facade Engineer5,510 EUR
Fiber Analyst3,450 EUR
Field Engineer5,860 EUR
Field Engineering Manager9,010 EUR
Fire Engineer5,680 EUR
Fitter and Turner2,080 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,040 EUR
Generation Engineer5,310 EUR
Genetic Engineer5,870 EUR
Geological Engineer5,670 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer5,700 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,070 EUR
Highway Engineer5,230 EUR
HSE Professional5,290 EUR
HVAC Engineer5,990 EUR
HVAC Supervisor4,950 EUR
Industrial Engineer5,330 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,200 EUR
Instrument Engineer5,460 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,600 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer5,460 EUR
Instrumentation Manager5,320 EUR
Irrigation Engineer5,240 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer5,890 EUR
Locomotive Engineer5,200 EUR
Maintenance Engineer4,940 EUR
Maintenance Fitter2,140 EUR
Maintenance Manager5,230 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer5,460 EUR
Marine Engineer5,540 EUR
Materials Engineer5,280 EUR
Materials Researcher4,900 EUR
Materials Technician4,240 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,740 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer5,700 EUR
Mechanical Designer4,580 EUR
Mechanical Engineer5,550 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,750 EUR
Mechanical Inspector5,460 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer5,840 EUR
Mining Engineer5,640 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer5,820 EUR
Optical Engineer5,100 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,090 EUR
PCB Assembler2,350 EUR
Photonics Engineer5,870 EUR
Photonics Technician4,740 EUR
Pipeline Engineer5,200 EUR
Piping Designer3,190 EUR
Piping Engineer4,950 EUR
Planning Engineer5,590 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,780 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer5,450 EUR
Principal Engineer5,590 EUR
Principal Support Engineer5,450 EUR
Process Engineer5,190 EUR
Process Operator3,450 EUR
Product Development Engineer5,860 EUR
Product Development Technician4,030 EUR
Product Engineer5,720 EUR
Product Safety Engineer5,110 EUR
Production Engineer5,500 EUR
Project Engineer5,660 EUR
Proposal Manager7,180 EUR
Purchasing Engineer5,120 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,190 EUR
Rail Engineer5,680 EUR
Robotics Engineer6,340 EUR
Robotics Technician4,600 EUR
Safety Engineer5,500 EUR
Safety Inspector4,500 EUR
Safety Manager6,600 EUR
Safety Officer3,100 EUR
Sales Engineer5,700 EUR
Scheduling Engineer4,820 EUR
Service Engineer5,900 EUR
Solar Engineer5,930 EUR
Staff Engineer5,600 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer5,370 EUR
Stationary Engineer4,910 EUR
Stress Engineer5,030 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,150 EUR
Structural Designer4,660 EUR
Structural Engineer5,550 EUR
Structural Technician3,700 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist5,420 EUR
Surveyor4,050 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer3,090 EUR
Technical Assistant2,870 EUR
Technical Engineer4,940 EUR
Technical Support Engineer4,820 EUR
Tender Engineer4,740 EUR
Test Development Engineer5,420 EUR
Transportation Engineer5,110 EUR
Validation Engineer4,990 EUR
Verification Engineer4,980 EUR
Wastewater Engineer5,280 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer5,590 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager6,990 EUR
Work Planner3,900 EUR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Brussel

Median and salary distribution Brussel Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,730 EUR or more
10% of people earn
4,820 to 5,730 EUR
20% of people earn
2,810 EUR or less
65% of people earn
2,810 to 4,820 EUR
Minimum Salary
2,040 EUR
5,030 EUR
11,000 EUR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Engineering salaries in Brussel range from 2,040 EUR per month (starting average salary) to 11,000 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,030 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 5,030 EUR while the other half are earning more than 5,030 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,890 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,890 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 6,120 EUR while 25% are earning more than 6,120 EUR.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 2,810 EUR to 4,820 EUR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 2,810 EUR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 4,820 EUR to 5,730 EUR. Only 5% of people grossed 5,730 EUR or more.

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Belgium costs anywhere from 30,700 Euro(s) to 92,200 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 and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Engineering

Salary comparison by gender Belgium Engineering monthly
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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 Belgium who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

5,410 EUR
5,130 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Belgium for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Belgium

How much are annual salary increments in Belgium for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Belgium Engineering
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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.

Belgium / 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 Belgium is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Belgium 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Belgium

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

48% of surveyed staff in Engineering 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 3% 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.

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Belgium

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
4,670 EUR
Average Salary 2020+4%
4,840 EUR
Average Salary 2021+2%
4,930 EUR
Average Salary 2022+3%
5,070 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in Belgium are rising in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 3% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Brussel

31 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Brussel is 31 EUR. This means that the average person in Brussel earns approximately 31 EUR for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

This minimum pay rate per hour for a person in Brussel is 12 EUR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

5,440 EUR
6,360 EUR
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Engineering is 14% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Brussel
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Brussel VS Belgium

Salary Comparison Between Brussel and Belgium monthly Engineering
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We compared Engineering salaries in Brussel and Belgium and we found that Brussel salaries are 3% more than those of Belgium.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp6,090 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)5,270 EUR
Brussel5,440 EUR
Charleroi5,780 EUR
Gent (Ghent)5,970 EUR
Leuven4,990 EUR
Liege5,670 EUR
Namur5,200 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 Belgium earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
6,000 EUR
Public Sector+5%
6,320 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Engineering in Brussel?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 5,030 EUR and 6,120 EUR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Engineering in Brussel is ranges from 3,890 EUR to 6,120 EUR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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