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Average Salary in Belgium 2020

How much money does a person working in Belgium make?

Average Monthly Salary
6,190 EUR
( 74,300 EUR yearly)


A person working in Belgium typically earns around 6,190 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,220 EUR (lowest) to 25,900 EUR (highest).

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

Distribution of Salaries in Belgium

Median and salary distribution monthly Belgium

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Belgium range between 1,220 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 25,900 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,070 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 6,070 EUR while the other half are earning more than 6,070 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 3,280 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,280 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 15,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 15,300 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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Belgium

How are Belgium salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Belgium
Average Salary 2016
5,500 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,700 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
5,810 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
5,970 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Belgium are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant4,430 EUR
Accounting Assistant4,370 EUR
Accounting Manager7,870 EUR
Bookkeeper3,620 EUR
Chartered Accountant5,230 EUR
Corporate Treasurer10,200 EUR
Financial Analyst6,650 EUR
Financial Manager12,100 EUR
Internal Auditor6,340 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant3,600 EUR
Office Manager4,450 EUR
Receptionist3,510 EUR
Secretary3,520 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director6,330 EUR
Creative Director6,220 EUR
Graphic Designer4,390 EUR
Photographer4,510 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer6,470 EUR
Air Traffic Controller6,190 EUR
Flight Attendant5,620 EUR
Pilot7,600 EUR

Architect5,450 EUR
CAD Drafter5,020 EUR

Mechanic3,650 EUR
Service Advisor4,950 EUR

Bank Branch Manager8,790 EUR
Teller4,370 EUR

Teacher5,060 EUR
Translator5,230 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst7,380 EUR
Business Development Manager9,000 EUR
Project Manager7,300 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny4,170 EUR
Nursery Teacher4,800 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer5,460 EUR
Construction Project Manager7,440 EUR
Health and Safety Officer4,130 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative4,470 EUR
Customer Service Manager8,030 EUR
Customer Service Representative4,590 EUR

Civil Engineer5,850 EUR
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR
Engineer5,880 EUR
Mechanical Engineer6,420 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer14,100 EUR
Chief Financial Officer12,800 EUR
General Manager10,600 EUR
Project Manager6,980 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef5,400 EUR
Executive Chef5,460 EUR
Hotel Manager8,640 EUR
Receptionist4,600 EUR
Travel Agent5,120 EUR
Waiter / Waitress3,980 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist13,600 EUR
Dietitian13,900 EUR
Laboratory Technician5,050 EUR
Nurse5,120 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager8,650 EUR
Human Resources Officer5,220 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician4,800 EUR
Database Administrator6,350 EUR
Developer / Programmer5,520 EUR
Information Technology Manager8,550 EUR
Network Engineer5,730 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer5,220 EUR

Attorney9,030 EUR
Legal Assistant4,810 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist6,320 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer5,260 EUR
Pharmacist7,030 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier3,730 EUR
Sales Manager9,600 EUR
Sales Representative4,350 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher4,470 EUR
Secondary School Teacher4,950 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Belgium

36 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 36 EUR. This means that the average person in Belgium earns approximatly 36 EUR for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp7,170 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)6,200 EUR
Brussel6,410 EUR
Charleroi6,810 EUR
Gent (Ghent)7,040 EUR
Leuven5,880 EUR
Liege6,680 EUR
Namur6,120 EUR
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