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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||5,340 EUR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||4,270 EUR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||6,130 EUR|
|Associate Engineer||5,200 EUR|
|Autocad Operator||3,560 EUR|
|Automation Engineer||5,780 EUR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||5,540 EUR|
|Biochemical Engineer||5,270 EUR|
|BMS Engineer||5,360 EUR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||3,120 EUR|
|Broadcast Engineer||5,660 EUR|
|CAD Design Engineer||5,560 EUR|
|CAD Designer||3,620 EUR|
|CAE Engineer||5,330 EUR|
|Ceramics Engineer||5,200 EUR|
|Civil Engineer||5,940 EUR|
|Commissioning Engineer||5,500 EUR|
|Communications Engineer||6,320 EUR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||4,840 EUR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||5,360 EUR|
|Control Systems Engineer||5,700 EUR|
|Controls Engineer||5,330 EUR|
|Controls Software Engineer||4,770 EUR|
|Corrosion Engineer||4,990 EUR|
|Design Engineer||6,020 EUR|
|Drafting Manager||6,660 EUR|
|Drilling Engineer||5,310 EUR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||3,200 EUR|
|Electrical Engineer||6,070 EUR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||7,960 EUR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||5,770 EUR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||3,110 EUR|
|Energy Engineer||5,740 EUR|
|Engine Assembler||2,650 EUR|
|Engineering Account Manager||6,310 EUR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||6,280 EUR|
|Engineering Consultant||7,420 EUR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||7,780 EUR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||5,310 EUR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||7,960 EUR|
|Engineering Production Manager||9,800 EUR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||6,200 EUR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||6,700 EUR|
|Engineering Project Director||10,900 EUR|
|Engineering Project Manager||7,540 EUR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||8,360 EUR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||4,290 EUR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||7,720 EUR|
|Engineering Technician||4,380 EUR|
|Engineering Technologist||4,490 EUR|
|Environmental Engineer||5,260 EUR|
|Equipment Engineer||5,040 EUR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||7,230 EUR|
|Fabrication Specialist||4,240 EUR|
|Facade Engineer||5,320 EUR|
|Fiber Analyst||3,360 EUR|
|Field Engineer||5,920 EUR|
|Field Engineering Manager||9,530 EUR|
|Fire Engineer||5,740 EUR|
|Fitter and Turner||2,200 EUR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||6,580 EUR|
|Generation Engineer||5,510 EUR|
|Genetic Engineer||6,020 EUR|
|Geological Engineer||5,530 EUR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||5,710 EUR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||3,370 EUR|
|Highway Engineer||5,490 EUR|
|HSE Professional||5,280 EUR|
|HVAC Engineer||5,960 EUR|
|HVAC Supervisor||5,240 EUR|
|Industrial Engineer||5,550 EUR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||5,360 EUR|
|Instrument Engineer||5,570 EUR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||5,430 EUR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||5,660 EUR|
|Instrumentation Manager||5,670 EUR|
|Irrigation Engineer||5,710 EUR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||6,080 EUR|
|Locomotive Engineer||5,680 EUR|
|Maintenance Engineer||5,110 EUR|
|Maintenance Fitter||2,270 EUR|
|Maintenance Manager||5,650 EUR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||5,350 EUR|
|Marine Engineer||5,680 EUR|
|Materials Engineer||5,660 EUR|
|Materials Researcher||5,280 EUR|
|Materials Technician||4,280 EUR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||5,770 EUR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||5,870 EUR|
|Mechanical Designer||4,940 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineer||6,240 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||7,460 EUR|
|Mechanical Inspector||5,560 EUR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||6,230 EUR|
|Mining Engineer||5,470 EUR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||6,150 EUR|
|Optical Engineer||5,360 EUR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||3,080 EUR|
|PCB Assembler||2,230 EUR|
|Photonics Engineer||6,000 EUR|
|Photonics Technician||5,080 EUR|
|Pipeline Engineer||5,130 EUR|
|Piping Designer||3,290 EUR|
|Piping Engineer||5,350 EUR|
|Planning Engineer||5,980 EUR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||2,940 EUR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||5,460 EUR|
|Principal Engineer||5,700 EUR|
|Principal Support Engineer||5,820 EUR|
|Process Engineer||5,740 EUR|
|Process Operator||3,590 EUR|
|Product Development Engineer||5,550 EUR|
|Product Development Technician||4,040 EUR|
|Product Engineer||5,670 EUR|
|Product Safety Engineer||5,250 EUR|
|Production Engineer||5,880 EUR|
|Project Engineer||5,880 EUR|
|Proposal Manager||7,340 EUR|
|Purchasing Engineer||5,430 EUR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||5,650 EUR|
|Rail Engineer||5,860 EUR|
|Robotics Engineer||6,610 EUR|
|Robotics Technician||4,550 EUR|
|Safety Engineer||5,370 EUR|
|Safety Inspector||4,490 EUR|
|Safety Manager||6,380 EUR|
|Safety Officer||3,170 EUR|
|Sales Engineer||6,160 EUR|
|Scheduling Engineer||5,000 EUR|
|Service Engineer||5,920 EUR|
|Solar Engineer||6,050 EUR|
|Staff Engineer||5,650 EUR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||5,310 EUR|
|Stationary Engineer||5,100 EUR|
|Stress Engineer||5,310 EUR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||5,690 EUR|
|Structural Designer||5,170 EUR|
|Structural Engineer||5,260 EUR|
|Structural Technician||3,670 EUR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||5,310 EUR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||3,110 EUR|
|Technical Assistant||3,000 EUR|
|Technical Engineer||5,030 EUR|
|Technical Support Engineer||4,840 EUR|
|Tender Engineer||4,980 EUR|
|Test Development Engineer||5,460 EUR|
|Transportation Engineer||5,230 EUR|
|Validation Engineer||5,310 EUR|
|Verification Engineer||5,280 EUR|
|Wastewater Engineer||5,710 EUR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||5,590 EUR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||7,330 EUR|
|Work Planner||4,120 EUR|
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 14% less than that of All Jobs.
|Brugge (Bruges)||5,270 EUR|
|Gent (Ghent)||5,970 EUR|
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.