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Engineer Average Salary in Belgium 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Belgium?


Average Monthly Salary
6,100 EUR
( 73,200 EUR yearly)

LOW
2,810
EUR
AVERAGE
6,100
EUR
HIGH
9,710
EUR

A person working as an Engineer in Belgium typically earns around 6,100 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,810 EUR (lowest) to 9,710 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Engineer Salary Distribution in Belgium

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Belgium range from 2,810 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 9,710 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,590 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 6,590 EUR while the other half are earning more than 6,590 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,230 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,230 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 8,800 EUR while 25% are earning more than 8,800 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,190 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,260 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 6,290 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 7,670 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 8,360 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 9,050 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Engineer average salary change by experience in Belgium

0 - 2 Years
3,190 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
4,260 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
6,290 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
7,670 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
8,360 EUR
20+ Years+8%
9,050 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 3,710 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 7,150 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Engineer average salary difference by education level in Belgium

Bachelor's Degree
3,710 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
7,150 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Engineer 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 Engineer employees in Belgium earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
6,320 EUR
Female-7%
5,890 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Belgium for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Belgium

How much are annual salary increments in Belgium for Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Engineer

Engineer(s) in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 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 2019

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 2019. 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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Belgium

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium Engineer
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An Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
60%
No Bonus
40%

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.

Engineer 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 Engineer 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Engineer is 16% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 14% less than those of All Jobs.

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Assistant Chief Engineer6,130 EUR+0%
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Autocad Operator3,560 EUR-42%
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Avionic System Support Engineer5,540 EUR-9%
Biochemical Engineer5,270 EUR-14%
BMS Engineer5,360 EUR-12%
Bridge and Lock Tender3,120 EUR-49%
Broadcast Engineer5,660 EUR-7%
CAD Design Engineer5,560 EUR-9%
CAD Designer3,620 EUR-41%
CAE Engineer5,330 EUR-13%
Ceramics Engineer5,200 EUR-15%
Civil Engineer5,940 EUR-3%
Commissioning Engineer5,500 EUR-10%
Communications Engineer6,320 EUR+4%
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,840 EUR-21%
Contract Associate Engineer5,360 EUR-12%
Control Systems Engineer5,700 EUR-7%
Controls Engineer5,330 EUR-13%
Controls Software Engineer4,770 EUR-22%
Corrosion Engineer4,990 EUR-18%
Design Engineer6,020 EUR-1%
Drafter3,770 EUR-38%
Drafting Manager6,660 EUR+9%
Drilling Engineer5,310 EUR-13%
Electrical Draughtsman3,200 EUR-48%
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR-1%
Electrical Engineering Manager7,960 EUR+30%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,770 EUR-5%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,110 EUR-49%
Energy Engineer5,740 EUR-6%
Engine Assembler2,650 EUR-57%
Engineer6,100 EUR-0%
Engineering Account Manager6,310 EUR+3%
Engineering Chief Designer6,280 EUR+3%
Engineering Consultant7,420 EUR+22%
Engineering Key Account Manager7,780 EUR+27%
Engineering Lab Technician5,310 EUR-13%
Engineering Planning Manager7,960 EUR+30%
Engineering Production Manager9,800 EUR+61%
Engineering Project Analyst6,200 EUR+2%
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,700 EUR+10%
Engineering Project Director10,900 EUR+79%
Engineering Project Manager7,540 EUR+24%
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,360 EUR+37%
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,290 EUR-30%
Engineering Sales Manager7,720 EUR+26%
Engineering Technician4,380 EUR-28%
Engineering Technologist4,490 EUR-26%
Environmental Engineer5,260 EUR-14%
Equipment Engineer5,040 EUR-17%
Equipment Engineering Manager7,230 EUR+18%
Estimator4,870 EUR-20%
Fabrication Specialist4,240 EUR-31%
Fabricator2,950 EUR-52%
Facade Engineer5,320 EUR-13%
Fiber Analyst3,360 EUR-45%
Field Engineer5,920 EUR-3%
Field Engineering Manager9,530 EUR+56%
Fire Engineer5,740 EUR-6%
Fitter and Turner2,200 EUR-64%
Forestry Strategic Planner6,580 EUR+8%
Generation Engineer5,510 EUR-10%
Genetic Engineer6,020 EUR-1%
Geological Engineer5,530 EUR-9%
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,370 EUR-45%
Highway Engineer5,490 EUR-10%
HSE Professional5,280 EUR-13%
HVAC Engineer5,960 EUR-2%
HVAC Supervisor5,240 EUR-14%
Industrial Engineer5,550 EUR-9%
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Instrument Engineer5,570 EUR-9%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,430 EUR-11%
Instrumentation Engineer5,660 EUR-7%
Instrumentation Manager5,670 EUR-7%
Irrigation Engineer5,710 EUR-6%
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Locomotive Engineer5,680 EUR-7%
Maintenance Engineer5,110 EUR-16%
Maintenance Fitter2,270 EUR-63%
Maintenance Manager5,650 EUR-7%
Manufacturing Engineer5,350 EUR-12%
Marine Engineer5,680 EUR-7%
Materials Engineer5,660 EUR-7%
Materials Researcher5,280 EUR-13%
Materials Technician4,280 EUR-30%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,770 EUR-5%
Mechanical Design Engineer5,870 EUR-4%
Mechanical Designer4,940 EUR-19%
Mechanical Engineer6,240 EUR+2%
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,460 EUR+22%
Mechanical Inspector5,560 EUR-9%
Mechatronics Engineer6,230 EUR+2%
Mining Engineer5,470 EUR-10%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,150 EUR+1%
Optical Engineer5,360 EUR-12%
Optical Instrument Assembler3,080 EUR-50%
PCB Assembler2,230 EUR-63%
Photonics Engineer6,000 EUR-2%
Photonics Technician5,080 EUR-17%
Pipeline Engineer5,130 EUR-16%
Piping Designer3,290 EUR-46%
Piping Engineer5,350 EUR-12%
Planning Engineer5,980 EUR-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,940 EUR-52%
Principal Cost Engineer5,460 EUR-11%
Principal Engineer5,700 EUR-7%
Principal Support Engineer5,820 EUR-5%
Process Engineer5,740 EUR-6%
Process Operator3,590 EUR-41%
Product Development Engineer5,550 EUR-9%
Product Development Technician4,040 EUR-34%
Product Engineer5,670 EUR-7%
Product Safety Engineer5,250 EUR-14%
Production Engineer5,880 EUR-4%
Project Engineer5,880 EUR-4%
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Purchasing Engineer5,430 EUR-11%
Quality Assurance Engineer5,650 EUR-7%
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Safety Inspector4,490 EUR-26%
Safety Manager6,380 EUR+5%
Safety Officer3,170 EUR-48%
Sales Engineer6,160 EUR+1%
Scheduling Engineer5,000 EUR-18%
Service Engineer5,920 EUR-3%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp6,790 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)5,420 EUR
Brussel5,950 EUR
Charleroi6,070 EUR
Gent (Ghent)6,280 EUR
Leuven5,250 EUR
Liege5,720 EUR
Namur5,570 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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