A person working as an Engineer in Belgium typically earns around 5,880 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,700 EUR (lowest) to 9,350 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 salaries in Belgium range from 2,700 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 9,350 EUR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 6,350 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 6,350 EUR while the other half are earning more than 6,350 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,070 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 4,070 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 8,480 EUR while 25% are earning more than 8,480 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 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 3,070 EUR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 4,100 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 6,060 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 7,390 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 8,050 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 8,720 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 3,570 EUR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 6,890 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Belgium costs anywhere from 31,000 Euro(s) to 92,900 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.
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 9% more than their female counterparts.
Engineer(s) in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 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 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.
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.
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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Engineer employees in Belgium earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Engineer 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 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
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 Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||5,710 EUR||-3%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||4,930 EUR||-16%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||6,040 EUR||+3%|
|Associate Engineer||5,670 EUR||-4%|
|Autocad Operator||4,510 EUR||-23%|
|Automation Engineer||6,400 EUR||+9%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||5,610 EUR||-5%|
|Biochemical Engineer||6,290 EUR||+7%|
|BMS Engineer||6,110 EUR||+4%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||5,320 EUR||-9%|
|Broadcast Engineer||6,510 EUR||+11%|
|CAD Design Engineer||5,330 EUR||-9%|
|CAD Designer||4,590 EUR||-22%|
|CAE Engineer||5,360 EUR||-9%|
|Ceramics Engineer||5,660 EUR||-4%|
|Civil Engineer||5,850 EUR||-0%|
|Commissioning Engineer||5,720 EUR||-3%|
|Communications Engineer||6,260 EUR||+6%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||5,040 EUR||-14%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||6,000 EUR||+2%|
|Control Systems Engineer||6,110 EUR||+4%|
|Controls Engineer||5,710 EUR||-3%|
|Controls Software Engineer||5,500 EUR||-6%|
|Corrosion Engineer||5,280 EUR||-10%|
|Design Engineer||6,430 EUR||+9%|
|Drafting Manager||6,620 EUR||+13%|
|Drilling Engineer||5,380 EUR||-8%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||3,960 EUR||-33%|
|Electrical Engineer||6,070 EUR||+3%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||7,160 EUR||+22%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||6,030 EUR||+3%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||5,380 EUR||-8%|
|Energy Engineer||6,280 EUR||+7%|
|Engine Assembler||4,050 EUR||-31%|
|Engineering Account Manager||5,510 EUR||-6%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||5,880 EUR||+0%|
|Engineering Consultant||6,550 EUR||+11%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||6,490 EUR||+10%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||5,150 EUR||-12%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||7,280 EUR||+24%|
|Engineering Production Manager||7,200 EUR||+22%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||6,070 EUR||+3%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||5,850 EUR||-0%|
|Engineering Project Director||7,060 EUR||+20%|
|Engineering Project Manager||6,860 EUR||+17%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||6,550 EUR||+11%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||4,900 EUR||-17%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||7,190 EUR||+22%|
|Engineering Technician||5,150 EUR||-12%|
|Engineering Technologist||5,280 EUR||-10%|
|Environmental Engineer||5,700 EUR||-3%|
|Equipment Engineer||5,410 EUR||-8%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||6,610 EUR||+12%|
|Fabrication Specialist||5,110 EUR||-13%|
|Facade Engineer||6,030 EUR||+3%|
|Fiber Analyst||4,730 EUR||-20%|
|Field Engineer||5,640 EUR||-4%|
|Field Engineering Manager||7,420 EUR||+26%|
|Fire Engineer||6,160 EUR||+5%|
|Fitter and Turner||3,490 EUR||-41%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||6,590 EUR||+12%|
|Generation Engineer||6,420 EUR||+9%|
|Genetic Engineer||6,880 EUR||+17%|
|Geological Engineer||6,290 EUR||+7%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||6,150 EUR||+5%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||4,910 EUR||-16%|
|Highway Engineer||5,220 EUR||-11%|
|HSE Professional||5,210 EUR||-11%|
|HVAC Engineer||5,910 EUR||+1%|
|HVAC Supervisor||5,780 EUR||-2%|
|Industrial Engineer||5,670 EUR||-4%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||5,470 EUR||-7%|
|Instrument Engineer||6,360 EUR||+8%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||5,980 EUR||+2%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||6,240 EUR||+6%|
|Instrumentation Manager||7,130 EUR||+21%|
|Irrigation Engineer||5,780 EUR||-2%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||5,990 EUR||+2%|
|Locomotive Engineer||5,880 EUR||+0%|
|Maintenance Engineer||5,270 EUR||-10%|
|Maintenance Fitter||3,910 EUR||-33%|
|Maintenance Manager||6,760 EUR||+15%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||6,110 EUR||+4%|
|Marine Engineer||5,360 EUR||-9%|
|Materials Engineer||5,690 EUR||-3%|
|Materials Researcher||6,220 EUR||+6%|
|Materials Technician||5,640 EUR||-4%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||6,040 EUR||+3%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||6,050 EUR||+3%|
|Mechanical Designer||5,440 EUR||-7%|
|Mechanical Engineer||6,420 EUR||+9%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||6,850 EUR||+17%|
|Mechanical Inspector||5,980 EUR||+2%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||5,800 EUR||-1%|
|Mining Engineer||5,200 EUR||-12%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||6,490 EUR||+10%|
|Optical Engineer||5,290 EUR||-10%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||4,900 EUR||-17%|
|PCB Assembler||4,050 EUR||-31%|
|Photonics Engineer||6,140 EUR||+4%|
|Photonics Technician||5,180 EUR||-12%|
|Pipeline Engineer||5,510 EUR||-6%|
|Piping Designer||5,030 EUR||-14%|
|Piping Engineer||5,740 EUR||-2%|
|Planning Engineer||5,820 EUR||-1%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||4,010 EUR||-32%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||6,010 EUR||+2%|
|Principal Engineer||6,280 EUR||+7%|
|Principal Support Engineer||5,670 EUR||-4%|
|Process Engineer||5,800 EUR||-1%|
|Process Operator||5,070 EUR||-14%|
|Product Development Engineer||5,840 EUR||-1%|
|Product Development Technician||4,900 EUR||-17%|
|Product Engineer||5,400 EUR||-8%|
|Product Safety Engineer||5,520 EUR||-6%|
|Production Engineer||6,280 EUR||+7%|
|Project Engineer||5,880 EUR||+0%|
|Proposal Manager||6,830 EUR||+16%|
|Purchasing Engineer||5,930 EUR||+1%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||5,630 EUR||-4%|
|Rail Engineer||5,750 EUR||-2%|
|Robotics Engineer||6,960 EUR||+18%|
|Robotics Technician||5,380 EUR||-8%|
|Safety Engineer||5,240 EUR||-11%|
|Safety Inspector||5,210 EUR||-11%|
|Safety Manager||6,100 EUR||+4%|
|Safety Officer||4,970 EUR||-15%|
|Sales Engineer||5,740 EUR||-2%|
|Scheduling Engineer||4,870 EUR||-17%|
|Service Engineer||6,250 EUR||+6%|
|Solar Engineer||6,140 EUR||+4%|
|Staff Engineer||5,640 EUR||-4%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||5,240 EUR||-11%|
|Stationary Engineer||5,300 EUR||-10%|
|Stress Engineer||5,390 EUR||-8%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||6,020 EUR||+2%|
|Structural Designer||5,370 EUR||-9%|
|Structural Engineer||5,630 EUR||-4%|
|Structural Technician||4,830 EUR||-18%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||6,030 EUR||+3%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||4,810 EUR||-18%|
|Technical Assistant||4,770 EUR||-19%|
|Technical Engineer||5,310 EUR||-10%|
|Technical Support Engineer||5,110 EUR||-13%|
|Tender Engineer||5,150 EUR||-12%|
|Test Development Engineer||5,560 EUR||-5%|
|Transportation Engineer||5,710 EUR||-3%|
|Validation Engineer||5,800 EUR||-1%|
|Verification Engineer||5,330 EUR||-9%|
|Wastewater Engineer||5,660 EUR||-4%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||5,940 EUR||+1%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||6,950 EUR||+18%|
|Work Planner||4,500 EUR||-23%|
|Brugge (Bruges)||5,220 EUR|
|Gent (Ghent)||6,050 EUR|