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Engineering Average Salaries in Belgium 2021

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


Average Monthly Salary
5,260 EUR
( 63,100 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,970
EUR
AVERAGE
5,260
EUR
HIGH
10,600
EUR

A person working in Engineering in Belgium typically earns around 5,260 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,970 EUR (lowest average) to 10,600 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 Engineer5,340 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,270 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,130 EUR
Associate Engineer5,200 EUR
Autocad Operator3,560 EUR
Automation Engineer5,780 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,540 EUR
Biochemical Engineer5,270 EUR
BMS Engineer5,360 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,120 EUR
Broadcast Engineer5,660 EUR
CAD Design Engineer5,560 EUR
CAD Designer3,620 EUR
CAE Engineer5,330 EUR
Ceramics Engineer5,200 EUR
Civil Engineer5,940 EUR
Commissioning Engineer5,500 EUR
Communications Engineer6,320 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,840 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer5,360 EUR
Control Systems Engineer5,700 EUR
Controls Engineer5,330 EUR
Controls Software Engineer4,770 EUR
Corrosion Engineer4,990 EUR
Design Engineer6,020 EUR
Drafter3,770 EUR
Drafting Manager6,660 EUR
Drilling Engineer5,310 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman3,200 EUR
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager7,960 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,770 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,110 EUR
Energy Engineer5,740 EUR
Engine Assembler2,650 EUR
Engineer6,100 EUR
Engineering Account Manager6,310 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer6,280 EUR
Engineering Consultant7,420 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager7,780 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician5,310 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager7,960 EUR
Engineering Production Manager9,800 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst6,200 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,700 EUR
Engineering Project Director10,900 EUR
Engineering Project Manager7,540 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,360 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,290 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager7,720 EUR
Engineering Technician4,380 EUR
Engineering Technologist4,490 EUR
Environmental Engineer5,260 EUR
Equipment Engineer5,040 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager7,230 EUR
Estimator4,870 EUR
Fabrication Specialist4,240 EUR
Fabricator2,950 EUR
Facade Engineer5,320 EUR
Fiber Analyst3,360 EUR
Field Engineer5,920 EUR
Field Engineering Manager9,530 EUR
Fire Engineer5,740 EUR
Fitter and Turner2,200 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,580 EUR
Generation Engineer5,510 EUR
Genetic Engineer6,020 EUR
Geological Engineer5,530 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer5,710 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,370 EUR
Highway Engineer5,490 EUR
HSE Professional5,280 EUR
HVAC Engineer5,960 EUR
HVAC Supervisor5,240 EUR
Industrial Engineer5,550 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,360 EUR
Instrument Engineer5,570 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,430 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer5,660 EUR
Instrumentation Manager5,670 EUR
Irrigation Engineer5,710 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer6,080 EUR
Locomotive Engineer5,680 EUR
Maintenance Engineer5,110 EUR
Maintenance Fitter2,270 EUR
Maintenance Manager5,650 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer5,350 EUR
Marine Engineer5,680 EUR
Materials Engineer5,660 EUR
Materials Researcher5,280 EUR
Materials Technician4,280 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,770 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer5,870 EUR
Mechanical Designer4,940 EUR
Mechanical Engineer6,240 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,460 EUR
Mechanical Inspector5,560 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer6,230 EUR
Mining Engineer5,470 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,150 EUR
Optical Engineer5,360 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,080 EUR
PCB Assembler2,230 EUR
Photonics Engineer6,000 EUR
Photonics Technician5,080 EUR
Pipeline Engineer5,130 EUR
Piping Designer3,290 EUR
Piping Engineer5,350 EUR
Planning Engineer5,980 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,940 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer5,460 EUR
Principal Engineer5,700 EUR
Principal Support Engineer5,820 EUR
Process Engineer5,740 EUR
Process Operator3,590 EUR
Product Development Engineer5,550 EUR
Product Development Technician4,040 EUR
Product Engineer5,670 EUR
Product Safety Engineer5,250 EUR
Production Engineer5,880 EUR
Project Engineer5,880 EUR
Proposal Manager7,340 EUR
Purchasing Engineer5,430 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,650 EUR
Rail Engineer5,860 EUR
Robotics Engineer6,610 EUR
Robotics Technician4,550 EUR
Safety Engineer5,370 EUR
Safety Inspector4,490 EUR
Safety Manager6,380 EUR
Safety Officer3,170 EUR
Sales Engineer6,160 EUR
Scheduling Engineer5,000 EUR
Service Engineer5,920 EUR
Solar Engineer6,050 EUR
Staff Engineer5,650 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer5,310 EUR
Stationary Engineer5,100 EUR
Stress Engineer5,310 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,690 EUR
Structural Designer5,170 EUR
Structural Engineer5,260 EUR
Structural Technician3,670 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist5,310 EUR
Surveyor4,290 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer3,110 EUR
Technical Assistant3,000 EUR
Technical Engineer5,030 EUR
Technical Support Engineer4,840 EUR
Tender Engineer4,980 EUR
Test Development Engineer5,460 EUR
Transportation Engineer5,230 EUR
Validation Engineer5,310 EUR
Verification Engineer5,280 EUR
Wastewater Engineer5,710 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer5,590 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager7,330 EUR
Work Planner4,120 EUR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Belgium

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Belgium range from 1,970 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 10,600 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 5,050 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 5,050 EUR while the other half are earning more than 5,050 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,160 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,160 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 7,520 EUR while 25% are earning more than 7,520 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.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Belgium Engineering
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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.

Male
5,410 EUR
Female-5%
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

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.

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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

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 2020

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Belgium for the year 2020. 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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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 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 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
52%
No Bonus
48%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Hourly Average Wage in Belgium


30 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 30 EUR. This means that the average person in Belgium earns approximately 30 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Belgium
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The average salary for Engineering is 14% less than that of All Jobs.

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

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