Administrators AD 5: salary and allowances

European Commission administrators AD5 salary
European Commission administrators AD5 salary

This article covers the topic of AD 5 salary or how much a Temporary Agent in Administrator’s function group grade 5 (step 1) in a European Union institution can expect to earn.

Basic salary vs. full remuneration package

The ‘basic monthly salary’ for temporary agents AD 5 ranges from EUR 4,917.29 to 5,563.58 (current figures as of July 2020). It depends on which step you are in (1-5) which is directly linked to the length of your previous employment period under any employer.

However, knowing the ‘basic monthly salary’ in most cases does not tell you much about your final take-home pay. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, the basic salary can make up anything between 50% and 100% of your total remuneration package depending on whether you entitled to the various allowances. This is especially so if you have children or/and are an expat.

Secondly, the country you are employed in has a significant impact on your total salary due to the ‘correction coefficient‘. Brussels is used as reference and you get the nominal amount quoted in the Staff Regulations and above. If you work for an EU agency in Scandinavia, your salary and allowances will upped by 18-31% to compensate for higher living costs. Conversely, if you will work for the EU in Bulgaria, you will get only 55% of what your colleague in Brussels gets.

Four scenarios

Below is a sample calculation of an AD 5 step 1 salary for four common scenarios for a temporary agent employed in Brussels, Belgium.

  1. Single Belgian national with no children.
  2. Married Belgian national with two children.
  3. Single Italian national with no children.
  4. Married Italian national with two children.
Basic Pay4917.294917.294917.294917.29
Household allowance0289.10289.1
Dependent child allowance0836.620836.62
Education allowance (if child does not attend the EU school)0Variable0Variable
Expatriation allowance 16%00781.3961.41
Pension contribution 9.70%-473.66-473.66-473.66-473.66
Health insurance contribution 0.6%-83.01-83.01-83.01-83.01
Accident insurance contribution 0.10%-4.88-4.88-4.88-4.88
Tax 8%-356.45-160.65-356.45-160.65
Unemployment Insurance contribution 0.81%-28.5-28.5-28.5-28.5
Special levy 6%-57.41-57.41-57.41-57.41
TOTAL REMUNERATION3,909.205,798.364,690.506,759.77
Administrator AD5 salary and allowances: full remuneration package

N.B. These calculations are only indicative as they are based on public sources. Only your institution’s HR department will be able to calculate a 100% accurate figure once you provide all necessary documents.

Correction Coefficient impact on Administrator AD5 basic salary

The below table demonstrates the impact of European Commission Correction Coefficient on a salary of an administrator AD5 depending on the city the person is employed.

While it is understandable that costs of living differ across the European Union, income of an EU official in the same grade and step will vary widely depending on the country where his or hers EU institution is located in. While the difference between a person performing the same job in Brussels and Copenhagen is EUR 1,539.11 and already seems large, I would call it extreme when comparing between Copenhagen and Sofia. An administrator AD5 employed in Copenhagen, Denmark will receive EUR 6,456.40 as basic salary, her colleague in Sofia, Bulgaria will receive only EUR 2,906.12, a difference of EUR 3,550.28.

CityCorrection CoefficientAdministrator AD5 basic salary
Administrator AD5 salary by city of employment, adjusted to the respective correction coefficient

Allowances and other benefits for employees of the European Commission and other EU institutions

Several allowances and other benefits can boost your income by as much as 100% depending whether you are an expat and have a spouse and children. When considering a job at an EU institution, people too seldom take these benefits into account. Important – these benefits are available to both temporary agents (AD 5-16 and AST 1-11) and contract agents (FG I to FG IV).

  • Travel costs on taking up duties
  • Daily subsistence allowance (during probation period)
  • Installation allowance and coverage of removal costs (one-time payments)
  • Expatriation allowance or Foreign Residence allowance
  • Household allowance
  • Dependent child allowance
  • European School enrollment for children or Education allowance if there is no local EU school
  • Healthcare costs reimbursement to a level of 80-85% through the EU’s Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) for the employee and any direct family members and dependents. 100% reimbursement of costs in case of a serious illness
  • Accident insurance
  • Annual travel compensation. If your institution is in Brussels, for a 4-person family from Rome this will amount to EUR 2781. For a single person the amount will be EUR 677.
  • Birth grant
  • Parental leave
  • Unemployment allowance
  • Removal expenses when leaving your home country and again when leaving your EU institution
  • EU pension, survivors and orphan’s pensions, invalidity allowance
  • Lump sum payments in case of permanent invalidity or death
  • Lump sum funeral expenses, around EUR 2350


This article is based on the European Commission Staff Regulations and other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements. As the EU legal documents and even information on the various websites is hard to understand, this article is one from a series that tries to make information about employment in the European Commission and other EU institutions more accessible.

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By Ben

I'm working at my third EU institution. This website is my way of sharing know-how and expertise no matter if you just plan to get an EU job, already have one, or are planning to leave one. At all stages of your EU job "lifecycle" there are things which are important or nice to know to make the journey more comfortable. I really appreciate every comment that helps me improve the articles for other readers! Tips on new article topics welcome!


  1. Hello! First of all, thank you so much for the job you are doing in this blog.

    I would like to know about the schedule of the employers (level AD5) in the different institutions and if it is a job in which you can enjoy of a good family conciliation.

    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi! Generally, AD5 is an entry level position, the first grade for officials, where one would usually be supervised by someone else with grade AD7 or higher. However, due to the “squeeze” by member states after the 2008-9 financial crisis, it is still common that AD5 would actually be assigned more responsibility than historically was the case.

      So, in general, as AD5 are usually not managers, you can expect good work and private life balance but that depends on individual institution and the unit/department you land in with. As an example, if you are currently dealing with anything Belarus-related, don’t expect a calm life.

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