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Engineering Average Salaries in Belgium 2024

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Belgium?

Average Monthly Salary
5,280 EUR
( 63,400 EUR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Engineering in Belgium typically earns around 5,280 EUR. Salaries range from 1,970 EUR (lowest average) to 10,600 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in Belgium exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Printing Engineer5,260 EUR
Acoustics Engineer5,340 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,270 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,130 EUR
Associate Engineer5,200 EUR
AutoCAD Drafter3,510 EUR
Autocad Operator3,560 EUR
Automation Engineer6,150 EUR
Automation Engineer5,790 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,550 EUR
Biochemical Engineer5,270 EUR
BMS Engineer5,370 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,120 EUR
Broadcast Engineer5,660 EUR
CAD Design Engineer5,560 EUR
CAD Designer3,620 EUR
CAE Engineer5,330 EUR
Ceramics Engineer5,200 EUR
Chemical Engineer5,640 EUR
Civil Drafter3,840 EUR
Civil Engineer5,940 EUR
Civil Site Engineer5,690 EUR
Civil Technician3,620 EUR
Cognitive Engineer5,050 EUR
Commissioning Engineer5,500 EUR
Communications Engineer6,320 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,840 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer5,360 EUR
Contract Engineer5,470 EUR
Control Systems Engineer5,700 EUR
Controls Engineer5,330 EUR
Controls Software Engineer4,770 EUR
Corrosion Engineer4,990 EUR
Design Engineer6,020 EUR
Director of Engineering11,300 EUR
Drafter3,770 EUR
Drafting Manager6,660 EUR
Drilling Engineer5,310 EUR
Drilling Foreman2,040 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman3,200 EUR
Electrical Engineer6,070 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager7,960 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,770 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,110 EUR
Energy Engineer5,740 EUR
Engine Assembler2,650 EUR
Engineer6,100 EUR
Engineering Account Manager6,310 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer6,280 EUR
Engineering Consultant7,420 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager7,780 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician5,310 EUR
Engineering Manager7,320 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager7,960 EUR
Engineering Production Manager9,800 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst6,200 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,700 EUR
Engineering Project Director10,900 EUR
Engineering Project Leader7,450 EUR
Engineering Project Manager7,540 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,360 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,290 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager7,730 EUR
Engineering Technician4,380 EUR
Engineering Technologist4,490 EUR
Environmental Engineer5,260 EUR
Equipment Engineer5,040 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager7,230 EUR
Estimator4,870 EUR
Fabrication Specialist4,240 EUR
Fabricator2,950 EUR
Facade Engineer5,320 EUR
Fiber Analyst3,360 EUR
Field Engineer5,920 EUR
Field Engineering Manager9,530 EUR
Fire Engineer5,740 EUR
Fitter and Turner2,200 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,580 EUR
Generation Engineer5,510 EUR
Genetic Engineer6,020 EUR
Geological Engineer5,530 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer5,710 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,370 EUR
Highway Engineer5,490 EUR
HSE Professional5,280 EUR
Human Machine Interface Engineer4,900 EUR
HVAC Engineer5,960 EUR
HVAC Supervisor5,250 EUR
Industrial Engineer5,550 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,360 EUR
Instrument Engineer5,570 EUR
Instrument Technician3,150 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,430 EUR
Instrumentation Designer4,810 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer5,660 EUR
Instrumentation Manager5,670 EUR
Irrigation Engineer5,710 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer6,080 EUR
Locomotive Engineer5,680 EUR
Maintenance Engineer5,110 EUR
Maintenance Fitter2,270 EUR
Maintenance Manager5,650 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer5,350 EUR
Marine Engineer5,680 EUR
Materials Engineer5,670 EUR
Materials Researcher5,280 EUR
Materials Technician4,280 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,770 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer5,870 EUR
Mechanical Designer4,950 EUR
Mechanical Engineer6,240 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,460 EUR
Mechanical Inspector5,570 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer6,230 EUR
Mining Engineer5,470 EUR
Nanotechnology Engineer6,160 EUR
Natural Language Processing Engineer6,020 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer6,150 EUR
Optical Engineer5,360 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,080 EUR
PCB Assembler2,230 EUR
Photonics Engineer6,000 EUR
Photonics Technician5,080 EUR
Pipeline Engineer5,130 EUR
Piping Designer3,290 EUR
Piping Engineer5,350 EUR
Planning Engineer5,980 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,940 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer5,460 EUR
Principal Engineer5,700 EUR
Principal Support Engineer5,820 EUR
Process Engineer5,740 EUR
Process Operator3,590 EUR
Product Development Engineer5,550 EUR
Product Development Technician4,040 EUR
Product Engineer5,670 EUR
Product Safety Engineer5,250 EUR
Production Engineer5,880 EUR
Project Engineer5,880 EUR
Proposal Manager7,340 EUR
Purchasing Engineer5,430 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,650 EUR
Rail Engineer5,860 EUR
Regional Field Engineer6,100 EUR
Remote Sensing Engineer5,570 EUR
Robotics Engineer6,610 EUR
Robotics Technician4,550 EUR
Safety Engineer5,370 EUR
Safety Inspector4,490 EUR
Safety Manager6,380 EUR
Safety Officer3,170 EUR
Sales Engineer6,160 EUR
Scheduling Engineer5,000 EUR
Security Engineer5,710 EUR
Service Engineer5,920 EUR
Smart Home Engineer5,830 EUR
Solar Engineer6,050 EUR
Staff Engineer5,650 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer5,310 EUR
Stationary Engineer5,100 EUR
Stress Engineer5,310 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,690 EUR
Structural Designer5,170 EUR
Structural Engineer5,260 EUR
Structural Technician3,670 EUR
Subsea Engineer6,890 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist5,310 EUR
Surveyor4,290 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer3,120 EUR
Technical Assistant3,000 EUR
Technical Engineer5,030 EUR
Technical Support Engineer4,840 EUR
Tender Engineer4,980 EUR
Test Development Engineer5,460 EUR
Test Engineer5,320 EUR
Transportation Engineer5,230 EUR
Urban Engineer5,610 EUR
Validation Engineer5,310 EUR
Verification Engineer5,280 EUR
Wastewater Engineer5,710 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer5,590 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager7,330 EUR
Wireless Engineer6,380 EUR
Work Planner4,120 EUR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Belgium

Median and salary distribution Belgium Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
5,330 EUR or more
10% of people earn
4,480 to 5,330 EUR
20% of people earn
2,610 EUR or less
65% of people earn
2,610 to 4,480 EUR
Minimum Salary
1,970 EUR
4,690 EUR
10,600 EUR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Engineering in Belgium range from 1,970 EUR (starting average salary) to 10,600 EUR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Engineering is 4,690 EUR, implying that half of the workforce in Belgium earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in Belgium earn less than 3,620 EUR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 5,700 EUR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in Belgium. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,610 EUR to 4,480 EUR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,610 EUR mark, while 10% ranged from 4,480 EUR to 5,330 EUR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 5,330 EUR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 in Engineering in Belgium 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.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.
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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

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 degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in Belgium, 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 certificate 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.

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 30,800 EUR to 92,500 EUR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to 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 the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Engineering / Belgium

Salary comparison by gender Belgium Engineering monthly
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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? In the field of Engineering in Belgium, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6%.

5,440 EUR
5,150 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Belgium for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Engineering / Belgium

How much are annual salary increments in Belgium for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Belgium Engineering
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Belgium
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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Engineering / Belgium

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Belgium Engineering
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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.

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.

Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Belgium

30 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Belgium is 30 EUR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary / ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Engineering in Belgium is 11 EUR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antwerp6,110 EUR
Brugge (Bruges)5,290 EUR
Brussel5,460 EUR
Charleroi5,800 EUR
Gent (Ghent)6,000 EUR
Leuven5,010 EUR
Liege5,700 EUR
Namur5,220 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Belgium is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
6,020 EUR
Public Sector+5%
6,340 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Engineering in Belgium?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 4,690 EUR and 5,700 EUR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Engineering in Belgium ranges from 1,970 EUR to 3,620 EUR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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