What is the salary of Administrators AD 7?

What is the salary of Administrators AD 7?

This article shows how much Administrators in grade AD7 step 1 can expect to earn in the European Commission. The information directly applies also to the European Parliament, European Council, EU agencies and all other EU institutions. The article presents the full remuneration package: not only the basic salary, but also allowances and other benefits. It also shows the impact of location and the Correction Coefficient on your take-home pay.

Basic salary vs. full remuneration package

The monthly ‘basic salary’ for Administrators AD7 in the European Commission and other EU institutions ranges from EUR 6414 to 7258. The starting basic salary will always be the lower number, but you can get ‘reclassified’ or get promoted.

Reclassification‘ is the automatic advancement through the European Commission salary scales by one step every two years (see table below to assess the financial impact on your basic salary). ‘Promotion‘ based on good professional performance in the EU context means that you not only get a good evaluation in the annual ‘appraisal’ process, but are also made to skip several salary scale steps or even a grade at once. Promotion has the most significant impact on your income, if you remain in the same job.

At the same time, knowing your ‘basic 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 is supplemented by a number allowances. This is especially so if you have children, a spouse 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 there the Correction Coefficient is 100% of basic salary as quoted below. 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 Brussels colleague doing the same job gets.

Administrators’ remuneration by family and residence status

Below is a sample salary and take-home pay approximation of an Administrator in grade AD5 step 1 who is living in Brussels, Belgium, with four typical personal/family situations.

Situation 1Situation 2Situation 3Situation 4
Single Belgian national with no childrenMarried Belgian national with two childrenSingle Italian national with no childrenMarried Italian national with two children
Administrators AD7 salary EUR
Basic Pay6414641464146414
Household allowance03250325
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance0012161216
Pension contribution-648-648-648-648
Health insurance contribution (JSIS coverage)-109-109-109-109
Accident insurance contribution-6-6-6-6
Special levy-121-121-121-121
Correction coefficient100%100%100%100%
if employed in Brussels
European Commission Administrators AD7 step 1 salary and allowances: full remuneration package calculation (2022)

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.

On top of the above, any children would either be guaranteed a place in the local European School, or an Education Allowance for each child. The expat family would also get around 1000 EUR annually per family member as a Travel Grant considering the distance to Rome.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for AdministratorsAST7

GradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
87 257,537 562,507 880,288 099,538 211,43
76 414,446 683,996 964,857 158,637 257,53
65 669,295 907,536 155,766 327,036 414,44
Basic salary scale for Administrators AD7 compared to AD6 and AD8. Source: Staff Regulations, Article 66

Impact of Correction Coefficient on AD7 basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Administrators AD7 basic pay according to the correction coefficient by location of your institution. You should also read a dedicated article about the Correction Coefficient to understand the details.

LocationEU institutionCorrection CoefficientAdjusted Basic Salary EUR
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.47145
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.36177
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.46504
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.36177
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.95125
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB1006414
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.54394
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.14881
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.96215
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.28608
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.68569
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.96215
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.47145
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.67607
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.25465
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.96215
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.25272
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.45862
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.95445
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors1006414
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.36177
Munich, Germanyn/a113.47273
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.25850
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.97690
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.15651
Riga, LatviaBEREC805131
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.26106
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.73957
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.38357
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.35535
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.25465
Turin, ItalyETF91.25850
Valletta, MaltaEUAA946029
Varese, Italyn/a91.25850
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.97690
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.67030
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.36177
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.15138
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.64528
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.35022
Basic Pay of European Commission Administrators AD7, adjusted by the Correction Coefficient

Take into account that your allowances will also be adjusted by the Correction Coefficient. If you will work not in Brussels, but in another EU location, you should multiply the grand total values in the “scenarios table” to get the actual approximate figure.

Allowances and other benefits for EU institutions staff

Several allowances and other benefits can quite significantly boost an EU official’s income. This largely depends on whether the person is an expat and has a spouse and/or children. When considering a job at an EU institution, people too often do not take these benefits into account. Important – these benefits are available to Administrators in grades AD 5-16, Assistants in grades AST 1-11, Secretaries and Clerks in grades AST/SC 1-6, and Contract Agents in grades FG I-IV.

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European Commission Administrators AD7 step 1 salary and allowances: full remuneration package calculation (2022)


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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11 responses to “What is the salary of Administrators AD 7?”

  1. It would be nice to have all the data updated; in particular the basic monthly salaries for each grade and step in function groups AD and AST applicable from 1 July 2023.

  2. Can citizens of non-EU states apply for jobs in EU institutions? If so, what caveats and restrictions apply? Thank you.

    • Hi! In general, no. However, some SNE positions are availabe to EU candidate countries, e.g., Western Balkans. There are also some EU agencies where non-EU states like Norway contribute funding. I believe that in these cases the nationals of the respective countries have some employment opportunities, but I haven’t looked in detail into this.

  3. I was offered a contract as temporary agent AD7 step2. From what I understand the tax deduction is levied progressively at a rate of between 8% to
    45 % of the taxable portion of the salary. Would somebody know what rate applies to AD7, is it 8% or more? Many thanks.

    • Hi! I cannot tell you the exact tax rate, but it will be closer to 8% rather than 45%. The higher rates almost exclusively apply to the top positions like AD14-16. See article 4 of this regulation. You might be able to calculate the applicable rate based on the information provided there.

  4. Tax (tax, Special levy, …) is already mentioned in the overview -> is the final number 5219 (single person from belgium) still taxable in home country?
    What other post should be deducted from the final number?

  5. Indeed, the calculation (at least for scenario 3) is wrong, it is around 5500 € not 6200 €

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