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Average Salary in Belgium 2022

How much money does a person working in Belgium make?

Average Monthly Salary
6,150 EUR
( 73,800 EUR yearly)


A person working in Belgium typically earns around 6,150 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,890 EUR (lowest average) to 25,900 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 Belgium

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Belgium range from 1,890 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 25,900 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,900 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 5,900 EUR while the other half are earning more than 5,900 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 the population are earning less than 3,510 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,510 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 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 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 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 Belgium earn 6% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

6,330 EUR
6,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Belgium

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


Employees in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 17 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 Belgium is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Belgium for the year 2021. 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 Belgium

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium
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48% of surveyed staff in Belgium 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.

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
Accountant4,510 EUR
Accounting Assistant3,710 EUR
Accounting Manager8,930 EUR
Bookkeeper3,260 EUR
Chartered Accountant5,440 EUR
Corporate Treasurer7,980 EUR
Financial Analyst8,070 EUR
Financial Manager12,000 EUR
Internal Auditor5,880 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant3,600 EUR
Office Manager5,500 EUR
Receptionist3,120 EUR
Secretary3,020 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director6,420 EUR
Creative Director6,090 EUR
Graphic Designer4,060 EUR
Photographer3,790 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer7,510 EUR
Air Traffic Controller6,650 EUR
Flight Attendant4,590 EUR
Pilot10,800 EUR

Architect7,120 EUR
CAD Drafter3,570 EUR

Mechanic2,750 EUR
Service Advisor4,390 EUR

Bank Branch Manager10,800 EUR
Teller2,630 EUR

Teacher5,060 EUR
Translator5,440 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst7,720 EUR
Business Development Manager9,430 EUR
Project Manager7,810 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny2,910 EUR
Nursery Teacher2,750 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer5,620 EUR
Construction Project Manager10,300 EUR
Health and Safety Officer3,050 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative2,650 EUR
Customer Service Manager8,250 EUR
Customer Service Representative2,680 EUR

Civil Engineer5,940 EUR
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR
Engineer6,100 EUR
Mechanical Engineer6,240 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
Chef4,250 EUR
Executive Chef4,570 EUR
Hotel Manager10,500 EUR
Receptionist2,600 EUR
Travel Agent4,070 EUR
Waiter / Waitress2,310 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist13,600 EUR
Dietitian12,100 EUR
Laboratory Technician5,050 EUR
Nurse5,080 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager9,390 EUR
Human Resources Officer3,970 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician4,800 EUR
Database Administrator6,350 EUR
Developer / Programmer6,100 EUR
Information Technology Manager9,750 EUR
Network Engineer5,730 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer4,090 EUR

Attorney12,100 EUR
Legal Assistant3,670 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist7,220 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer5,260 EUR
Pharmacist7,910 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier2,640 EUR
Sales Manager10,500 EUR
Sales Representative4,350 EUR

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

Average Hourly Wage in Belgium

35 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 35 EUR. This means that the average person in Belgium earns approximately 35 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
Antwerp7,120 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)6,160 EUR
Brussel6,360 EUR
Charleroi6,760 EUR
Gent (Ghent)6,980 EUR
Leuven5,840 EUR
Liege6,630 EUR
Namur6,070 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

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