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Engineering Average Salaries in Brussel 2023

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

Average Monthly Salary
5,460 EUR
( 65,600 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 Brussel typically earns around 5,460 EUR. Salaries range from 2,040 EUR (lowest average) to 11,000 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 Brussel 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 Engineer5,150 EUR
Acoustics Engineer5,160 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician4,460 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer6,100 EUR
Associate Engineer4,860 EUR
AutoCAD Drafter3,440 EUR
Autocad Operator3,710 EUR
Automation Engineer5,990 EUR
Automation Engineer5,550 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer5,250 EUR
Biochemical Engineer5,030 EUR
BMS Engineer5,290 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender3,030 EUR
Broadcast Engineer5,420 EUR
CAD Design Engineer5,670 EUR
CAD Designer3,530 EUR
CAE Engineer5,280 EUR
Ceramics Engineer4,950 EUR
Chemical Engineer5,450 EUR
Civil Drafter3,620 EUR
Civil Engineer5,390 EUR
Civil Site Engineer5,820 EUR
Civil Technician3,530 EUR
Cognitive Engineer5,290 EUR
Commissioning Engineer5,510 EUR
Communications Engineer5,780 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer4,820 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer5,110 EUR
Contract Engineer4,980 EUR
Control Systems Engineer5,420 EUR
Controls Engineer5,420 EUR
Controls Software Engineer4,780 EUR
Corrosion Engineer5,200 EUR
Design Engineer5,770 EUR
Director of Engineering10,500 EUR
Drafter3,620 EUR
Drafting Manager6,120 EUR
Drilling Engineer5,370 EUR
Drilling Foreman1,990 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman3,020 EUR
Electrical Engineer5,870 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager7,340 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist5,890 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler3,030 EUR
Energy Engineer5,620 EUR
Engine Assembler2,580 EUR
Engineer5,950 EUR
Engineering Account Manager6,230 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer5,880 EUR
Engineering Consultant7,300 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager7,920 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician5,250 EUR
Engineering Manager7,470 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager7,140 EUR
Engineering Production Manager9,200 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst6,520 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,470 EUR
Engineering Project Director10,700 EUR
Engineering Project Leader6,780 EUR
Engineering Project Manager7,180 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,160 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator4,170 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager7,200 EUR
Engineering Technician4,170 EUR
Engineering Technologist4,170 EUR
Environmental Engineer5,420 EUR
Equipment Engineer4,950 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager6,770 EUR
Estimator4,580 EUR
Fabrication Specialist4,150 EUR
Fabricator2,760 EUR
Facade Engineer5,510 EUR
Fiber Analyst3,450 EUR
Field Engineer5,860 EUR
Field Engineering Manager9,010 EUR
Fire Engineer5,680 EUR
Fitter and Turner2,080 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner6,040 EUR
Generation Engineer5,310 EUR
Genetic Engineer5,870 EUR
Geological Engineer5,670 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer5,700 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic3,070 EUR
Highway Engineer5,230 EUR
HSE Professional5,290 EUR
Human Machine Interface Engineer4,910 EUR
HVAC Engineer5,990 EUR
HVAC Supervisor4,950 EUR
Industrial Engineer5,330 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist5,200 EUR
Instrument Engineer5,460 EUR
Instrument Technician3,070 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer5,600 EUR
Instrumentation Designer4,730 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer5,460 EUR
Instrumentation Manager5,320 EUR
Irrigation Engineer5,240 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer5,890 EUR
Locomotive Engineer5,200 EUR
Maintenance Engineer4,940 EUR
Maintenance Fitter2,140 EUR
Maintenance Manager5,230 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer5,460 EUR
Marine Engineer5,550 EUR
Materials Engineer5,280 EUR
Materials Researcher4,900 EUR
Materials Technician4,240 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer5,740 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer5,700 EUR
Mechanical Designer4,580 EUR
Mechanical Engineer5,550 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager7,750 EUR
Mechanical Inspector5,460 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer5,840 EUR
Mining Engineer5,640 EUR
Nanotechnology Engineer5,570 EUR
Natural Language Processing Engineer6,070 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer5,820 EUR
Optical Engineer5,110 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler3,100 EUR
PCB Assembler2,350 EUR
Photonics Engineer5,870 EUR
Photonics Technician4,740 EUR
Pipeline Engineer5,200 EUR
Piping Designer3,190 EUR
Piping Engineer4,950 EUR
Planning Engineer5,590 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,780 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer5,450 EUR
Principal Engineer5,590 EUR
Principal Support Engineer5,450 EUR
Process Engineer5,190 EUR
Process Operator3,450 EUR
Product Development Engineer5,860 EUR
Product Development Technician4,030 EUR
Product Engineer5,720 EUR
Product Safety Engineer5,110 EUR
Production Engineer5,500 EUR
Project Engineer5,660 EUR
Proposal Manager7,180 EUR
Purchasing Engineer5,120 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer5,190 EUR
Rail Engineer5,680 EUR
Regional Field Engineer5,930 EUR
Remote Sensing Engineer5,490 EUR
Robotics Engineer6,340 EUR
Robotics Technician4,600 EUR
Safety Engineer5,500 EUR
Safety Inspector4,500 EUR
Safety Manager6,610 EUR
Safety Officer3,110 EUR
Sales Engineer5,700 EUR
Scheduling Engineer4,820 EUR
Security Engineer5,550 EUR
Service Engineer5,900 EUR
Smart Home Engineer5,720 EUR
Solar Engineer5,930 EUR
Staff Engineer5,600 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer5,370 EUR
Stationary Engineer4,910 EUR
Stress Engineer5,030 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer5,150 EUR
Structural Designer4,660 EUR
Structural Engineer5,550 EUR
Structural Technician3,700 EUR
Subsea Engineer6,700 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist5,420 EUR
Surveyor4,050 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer3,100 EUR
Technical Assistant2,870 EUR
Technical Engineer4,940 EUR
Technical Support Engineer4,820 EUR
Tender Engineer4,740 EUR
Test Development Engineer5,420 EUR
Test Engineer5,150 EUR
Transportation Engineer5,110 EUR
Urban Engineer5,730 EUR
Validation Engineer4,990 EUR
Verification Engineer4,980 EUR
Wastewater Engineer5,280 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer5,590 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager6,990 EUR
Wireless Engineer6,120 EUR
Work Planner3,900 EUR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Brussel

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

5% of people earn
5,730 EUR or more
10% of people earn
4,820 to 5,730 EUR
20% of people earn
2,810 EUR or less
65% of people earn
2,810 to 4,820 EUR
Minimum Salary
2,040 EUR
5,050 EUR
11,000 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 Brussel range from 2,040 EUR (starting average salary) to 11,000 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 5,050 EUR, implying that half of the workforce in Brussel 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 Brussel earn less than 3,900 EUR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 6,140 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 Brussel. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 2,810 EUR to 4,820 EUR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 2,810 EUR mark, while 10% ranged from 4,820 EUR to 5,730 EUR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 5,730 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 Brussel 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 Brussel, 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 / Brussel

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 / Brussel

How much are annual salary increments in Brussel 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 % every 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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100% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while % said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from % to % 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 / Brussel

32 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Brussel is 32 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 Brussel is 12 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 Brussel?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 5,050 EUR and 6,140 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 Brussel ranges from 2,040 EUR to 3,900 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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