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Secretary Average Salary in Belgium 2020

How much money does a Secretary make in Belgium?

Average Monthly Salary
3,520 EUR
( 42,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Secretary in Belgium typically earns around 3,520 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,620 EUR (lowest) to 5,590 EUR (highest).

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

Secretary Salary Distribution in Belgium

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

  • Salary Range

    Secretary salaries in Belgium range from 1,620 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,590 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,800 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secretary(s) are earning less than 3,800 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,800 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 Secretary(s) are earning less than 2,440 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,440 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secretary(s) are earning less than 5,070 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,070 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

Secretary 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 Secretary salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secretary with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,840 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,450 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 3,630 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, Secretary(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,420 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 4,820 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 5,220 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secretary average salary change by experience in Belgium

0 - 2 Years
1,840 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,450 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,630 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,420 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,820 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,220 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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Secretary Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secretary(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 Secretary salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Secretary is 2,100 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 3,290 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,510 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Secretary average salary difference by education level in Belgium

High School
2,100 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+57%
3,290 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+68%
5,510 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Secretary 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 Secretary employees in Belgium earn 9% more than their female counterparts.

3,360 EUR
3,670 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Belgium for all Careers

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Secretary Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Belgium

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


Secretary(s) in Belgium are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Belgium Secretary
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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

Information Technology

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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Secretary Bonus and Incentive Rates in Belgium

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium Secretary
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A Secretary is considered to be a low 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.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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 Secretary 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

Secretary Salary Trend and Forecast in Belgium

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

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Average Salary 2016
3,040 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,160 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
3,270 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
3,390 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Secretary 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.

Secretary Average Hourly Wage in Belgium

20 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Belgium is 20 EUR. This means that the average Secretary in Belgium earns approximately 20 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.

Secretary VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secretary and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Belgium
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The average salary for Secretary is 10% less than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 37% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist5,310 EUR+51%
Administrative Aide2,690 EUR-24%
Administrative Analyst3,890 EUR+11%
Administrative Assistant3,600 EUR+2%
Administrative Associate3,470 EUR-1%
Administrative Manager4,360 EUR+24%
Administrative Receptionist3,310 EUR-6%
Board Secretary3,660 EUR+4%
Central Office Operator3,230 EUR-8%
Clerk2,830 EUR-20%
Commercial Administrator4,620 EUR+31%
Commissions Processor4,050 EUR+15%
Conveyancing Secretary3,640 EUR+3%
Document Controller3,200 EUR-9%
Document Management Specialist4,120 EUR+17%
Executive Assistant4,330 EUR+23%
Executive Personal Assistant4,730 EUR+34%
Executive Secretary4,430 EUR+26%
Front Desk Attendant3,810 EUR+8%
Front Desk Coordinator3,950 EUR+12%
Front Desk Manager5,040 EUR+43%
Group Services Manager6,720 EUR+91%
Head Receptionist4,600 EUR+31%
Key Account Assistant4,660 EUR+32%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator2,620 EUR-26%
Leasing Administrator3,900 EUR+11%
Legal Secretary3,670 EUR+4%
Librarian4,060 EUR+15%
Mailroom Manager3,780 EUR+7%
Management Support Secretary4,110 EUR+17%
Master Programme Coordinator5,660 EUR+61%
Medical Receptionist3,850 EUR+9%
Meeting and Event Assistant4,610 EUR+31%
Meeting and Event Manager5,650 EUR+61%
Night Manager5,060 EUR+44%
Office Administrator5,020 EUR+43%
Office Assistant3,060 EUR-13%
Office Manager4,450 EUR+26%
Office Services Coordinator4,010 EUR+14%
Operations Analyst5,090 EUR+45%
Operations Manager6,440 EUR+83%
Personal Assistant4,170 EUR+19%
Planning Assistant4,100 EUR+17%
Process Expert4,890 EUR+39%
Program Coordinator4,700 EUR+34%
Programme Assistant4,280 EUR+22%
Project Administrator5,370 EUR+53%
Project Coordinator5,540 EUR+57%
Reception Team Lead5,420 EUR+54%
Receptionist3,510 EUR-0%
Records Officer3,210 EUR-9%
Schedule Officer3,220 EUR-8%
School Secretary3,690 EUR+5%
Secretary3,520 EUR+0%
Switchboard Operator3,030 EUR-14%
Technical Program Manager5,530 EUR+57%
Technical Project Manager5,870 EUR+67%
Typist2,870 EUR-18%
Wayleave Officer2,950 EUR-16%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp3,990 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)3,310 EUR
Brussel3,520 EUR
Charleroi3,850 EUR
Gent (Ghent)3,760 EUR
Leuven3,290 EUR
Liege3,480 EUR
Namur3,430 EUR
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