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Engineer Average Salary in Belgium 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Belgium?


Average Monthly Salary
5,880 EUR
( 70,500 EUR yearly)

LOW
2,700
EUR
AVERAGE
5,880
EUR
HIGH
9,350
EUR

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 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 2,700 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 9,350 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median 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.

  • 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 4,070 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.


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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Belgium Engineer
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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 3,070 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.

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 7,390 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.


Engineer average salary change by experience in Belgium

0 - 2 Years
3,070 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
4,100 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
6,060 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
7,390 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
8,050 EUR
20+ Years+8%
8,720 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 3,570 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.


Engineer average salary difference by education level in Belgium

Bachelor's Degree
3,570 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
6,890 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 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.


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 9% more than their female counterparts.

Female
5,620 EUR
Male+9%
6,140 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 12% 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

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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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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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.

Private Sector
6,040 EUR
Public Sector+5%
6,370 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Belgium

How are Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
5,080 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
5,270 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
5,470 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
5,670 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Belgium


34 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 34 EUR. This means that the average Engineer in Belgium earns approximately 34 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 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 10% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer5,710 EUR-3%
Assembly Engineering Technician4,930 EUR-16%
Assistant Chief Engineer6,040 EUR+3%
Associate Engineer5,670 EUR-4%
Autocad Operator4,510 EUR-23%
Automation Engineer6,400 EUR+9%
Avionic System Support Engineer5,610 EUR-5%
Biochemical Engineer6,290 EUR+7%
BMS Engineer6,110 EUR+4%
Bridge and Lock Tender5,320 EUR-9%
Broadcast Engineer6,510 EUR+11%
CAD Design Engineer5,330 EUR-9%
CAD Designer4,590 EUR-22%
CAE Engineer5,360 EUR-9%
Ceramics Engineer5,660 EUR-4%
Civil Engineer5,850 EUR-0%
Commissioning Engineer5,720 EUR-3%
Communications Engineer6,260 EUR+6%
Condition Monitoring Engineer5,040 EUR-14%
Contract Associate Engineer6,000 EUR+2%
Control Systems Engineer6,110 EUR+4%
Controls Engineer5,710 EUR-3%
Controls Software Engineer5,500 EUR-6%
Corrosion Engineer5,280 EUR-10%
Design Engineer6,430 EUR+9%
Drafter4,480 EUR-24%
Drafting Manager6,620 EUR+13%
Drilling Engineer5,380 EUR-8%
Electrical Draughtsman3,960 EUR-33%
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR+3%
Electrical Engineering Manager7,160 EUR+22%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist6,030 EUR+3%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler5,380 EUR-8%
Energy Engineer6,280 EUR+7%
Engine Assembler4,050 EUR-31%
Engineer5,880 EUR+0%
Engineering Account Manager5,510 EUR-6%
Engineering Chief Designer5,880 EUR+0%
Engineering Consultant6,550 EUR+11%
Engineering Key Account Manager6,490 EUR+10%
Engineering Lab Technician5,150 EUR-12%
Engineering Planning Manager7,280 EUR+24%
Engineering Production Manager7,200 EUR+22%
Engineering Project Analyst6,070 EUR+3%
Engineering Project Coordinator 5,850 EUR-0%
Engineering Project Director7,060 EUR+20%
Engineering Project Manager6,860 EUR+17%
Engineering Research and Development Manager6,550 EUR+11%
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,900 EUR-17%
Engineering Sales Manager7,190 EUR+22%
Engineering Technician5,150 EUR-12%
Engineering Technologist5,280 EUR-10%
Environmental Engineer5,700 EUR-3%
Equipment Engineer5,410 EUR-8%
Equipment Engineering Manager6,610 EUR+12%
Estimator5,570 EUR-5%
Fabrication Specialist5,110 EUR-13%
Fabricator4,600 EUR-22%
Facade Engineer6,030 EUR+3%
Fiber Analyst4,730 EUR-20%
Field Engineer5,640 EUR-4%
Field Engineering Manager7,420 EUR+26%
Fire Engineer6,160 EUR+5%
Fitter and Turner3,490 EUR-41%
Forestry Strategic Planner6,590 EUR+12%
Generation Engineer6,420 EUR+9%
Genetic Engineer6,880 EUR+17%
Geological Engineer6,290 EUR+7%
Geotechnical Engineer6,150 EUR+5%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic4,910 EUR-16%
Highway Engineer5,220 EUR-11%
HSE Professional5,210 EUR-11%
HVAC Engineer5,910 EUR+1%
HVAC Supervisor5,780 EUR-2%
Industrial Engineer5,670 EUR-4%
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,470 EUR-7%
Instrument Engineer6,360 EUR+8%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,980 EUR+2%
Instrumentation Engineer6,240 EUR+6%
Instrumentation Manager7,130 EUR+21%
Irrigation Engineer5,780 EUR-2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer5,990 EUR+2%
Locomotive Engineer5,880 EUR+0%
Maintenance Engineer5,270 EUR-10%
Maintenance Fitter3,910 EUR-33%
Maintenance Manager6,760 EUR+15%
Manufacturing Engineer6,110 EUR+4%
Marine Engineer5,360 EUR-9%
Materials Engineer5,690 EUR-3%
Materials Researcher6,220 EUR+6%
Materials Technician5,640 EUR-4%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer6,040 EUR+3%
Mechanical Design Engineer6,050 EUR+3%
Mechanical Designer5,440 EUR-7%
Mechanical Engineer6,420 EUR+9%
Mechanical Engineering Manager6,850 EUR+17%
Mechanical Inspector5,980 EUR+2%
Mechatronics Engineer5,800 EUR-1%
Mining Engineer5,200 EUR-12%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,490 EUR+10%
Optical Engineer5,290 EUR-10%
Optical Instrument Assembler4,900 EUR-17%
PCB Assembler4,050 EUR-31%
Photonics Engineer6,140 EUR+4%
Photonics Technician5,180 EUR-12%
Pipeline Engineer5,510 EUR-6%
Piping Designer5,030 EUR-14%
Piping Engineer5,740 EUR-2%
Planning Engineer5,820 EUR-1%
Pressure Vessel Inspector4,010 EUR-32%
Principal Cost Engineer6,010 EUR+2%
Principal Engineer6,280 EUR+7%
Principal Support Engineer5,670 EUR-4%
Process Engineer5,800 EUR-1%
Process Operator5,070 EUR-14%
Product Development Engineer5,840 EUR-1%
Product Development Technician4,900 EUR-17%
Product Engineer5,400 EUR-8%
Product Safety Engineer5,520 EUR-6%
Production Engineer6,280 EUR+7%
Project Engineer5,880 EUR+0%
Proposal Manager6,830 EUR+16%
Purchasing Engineer5,930 EUR+1%
Quality Assurance Engineer5,630 EUR-4%
Rail Engineer5,750 EUR-2%
Robotics Engineer6,960 EUR+18%
Robotics Technician5,380 EUR-8%
Safety Engineer5,240 EUR-11%
Safety Inspector5,210 EUR-11%
Safety Manager6,100 EUR+4%
Safety Officer4,970 EUR-15%
Sales Engineer5,740 EUR-2%
Scheduling Engineer4,870 EUR-17%
Service Engineer6,250 EUR+6%
Solar Engineer6,140 EUR+4%
Staff Engineer5,640 EUR-4%
Static Equipment Engineer5,240 EUR-11%
Stationary Engineer5,300 EUR-10%
Stress Engineer5,390 EUR-8%
Structural Analysis Engineer6,020 EUR+2%
Structural Designer5,370 EUR-9%
Structural Engineer5,630 EUR-4%
Structural Technician4,830 EUR-18%
Supply Chain Specialist6,030 EUR+3%
Surveyor4,400 EUR-25%
Technical Affairs Officer4,810 EUR-18%
Technical Assistant4,770 EUR-19%
Technical Engineer5,310 EUR-10%
Technical Support Engineer5,110 EUR-13%
Tender Engineer5,150 EUR-12%
Test Development Engineer5,560 EUR-5%
Transportation Engineer5,710 EUR-3%
Validation Engineer5,800 EUR-1%
Verification Engineer5,330 EUR-9%
Wastewater Engineer5,660 EUR-4%
Wind Energy Engineer5,940 EUR+1%
Wind Energy Operations Manager6,950 EUR+18%
Work Planner4,500 EUR-23%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp6,540 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)5,220 EUR
Brussel5,730 EUR
Charleroi5,850 EUR
Gent (Ghent)6,050 EUR
Leuven5,050 EUR
Liege5,510 EUR
Namur5,370 EUR
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