ECHA salaries

ECHA salaries

This article provides estimated net salaries at ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, located in Helsinki, Finland.

ECHA is an EU institution that manages the technical and administrative aspects of the implementation of the European Union legislation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, which includes the related health protection aspects.

Most EU institutions, including ECHA, do a notoriously poor job in communicating their salaries. Very often EU agencies and other EU institutions just indicate the gross basic pay without deductions and allowances, and quite many do not adjust it by the Correction Coefficient which can have a significant impact on an employee’s net take-home pay.

This makes it very hard for people without experience in the EU system to understand one’s actual future income, and is a hindrance for quite many people already employed in EU institutions that consider a career change.

This article series will seek to address the lack of information on actual net salaries in EU agencies and other institutions.

As usual for this type of information, bear in mind the caveat that your precise salary can be calculated only by the EU institution’s HR department that knows your particular professional and personal circumstances.

The salaries below are presented according to four typical personal/family situations of future employees:

  • by type of contract (Contract Agent, Administrator, Assistant, Secretary and Clerk) and
  • function group (FGI-FGIV, AD5-AD16, AST1-AST11, AST/SC1-AST/SC6).

The mentioned personal/family situations are:

Situation 01Situation 02Situation 03Situation 04
Single local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
The term ‘local’ refers to nationals of the country where the EU institution has its headquarters. The term ‘expat’ refers to employees of the said EU institution that have a nationality of another EU member state.
Video about employment at ECHA

To get an idea of your actual salary at ECHA, you should look at the right cell in one of the four columns in the tables below that best corresponds to your personal/family situation. In calculating these values we have summed up not only the basic salary, but also the applicable allowances and deductions: household allowance, child allowances, expatriation allowance, pension contribution, sickness, accident and unemployment insurance, as well as community tax. All values in the last four columns are also adjusted by the European Commission’s Correction Coefficient for Finland, so they present a realistic approximation of take-home pay/full remuneration package calculation.

The information below gives you a realistic estimate of what you can expect to earn at ECHA. People interested in working for EU institutions often only look up the basic pay for their type of contract and grade. This is a mistake as the actual net salary can differ up or down quite a bit, compared to the basic salary.

If you want to understand what elements constitute the full salary package in the EU institutions and their weight in the total remuneration calculation, please read the article applicable to your type of contract: Contract Agents, Administrators, Assistants, Secretaries and Clerks.

How to read the tables

Here’s an explanation of how to read the tables below.

Let’s assume that you have applied for an AD6 Administrator’s vacancy in ECHA. You are a Belgian national (any nationality except Finnish fits here) with a spouse and two children. From the table below you can deduct that your basic salary without any adjustments would be EUR 5669, however, by working for ECHA in Helsinki, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 8167. A Finnish national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 6882.

Contract Agent salaries at ECHA

FUNCTION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
FG I step 12128117.52204349328884177
FG II step 42211117.52278357029624254
FG III step 82831117.52898420336384943
FG IV step 133624117.53635495145205844
Contract agent salaries at ECHA

Administrator salaries at ECHA

FUNCTION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AD 55011117.54923627960837439
AD 65669117.55510688267958167
AD 76414117.56169755975988988
AD 87258117.56893830384829892
AD 98211117.576799110945210883
AD 109291117.5852299791050211959
AD 1110512117.59426109121164013126
AD 1211893117.510382119001286214380
AD 1313457117.511322128781410115657
AD 1415225117.511981135941522216834
AD 1517227117.513100147601674318403
AD 1619491117.514257159741835020067
Administrator salaries at ECHA

Assistant salaries at ECHA

FUNCTION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AST 13058117.53153446439375249
AST 23459117.53500482043625681
AST 33914117.53928525948776209
AST 44429117.54396573954436786
AST 55011117.54923627960837439
AST 65669117.55510688267958167
AST 76414117.56169755975988988
AST 87258117.56893830384829892
AST 98211117.576799110945210883
AST 109291117.5852299791050211959
AST 1110512117.59426109121164013126
Assistant salaries at ECHA

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ECHA

FUNCTION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AST/SC 12745117.52811412235514862
AST/SC 23106117.53185449739705282
AST/SC 33514117.53493481843865711
AST/SC 43976117.53963529549136244
AST/SC 54499117.54460580355076850
AST/SC 65090117.55016637261767532
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ECHA

Allowances and other benefits for EU institutions staff

Several allowances and other benefits can quite significantly boost an EU official’s income. This is 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.

  • 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 enrolment 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
  • 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, up to EUR 2350

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