EEA salaries

EEA salaries

This article provides estimated net salaries at EEA, the European Environment Agency, located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The European Environment Agency is an institution of the European Union that provides sound, independent information on the environment to those developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy. The EEA was legally established in 1993 and started its work in 1994. EEA is the coordinator of EIONET, the European environment information and observation network.

Most EU institutions, including EEA, 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.
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To get an idea of your actual salary at EEA, 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 relevant European Commission’s Correction Coefficient, 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 EEA. 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 EEA. You are an Italian national (any nationality except Danish 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 EEA in Copenhagen, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 9141. A Danish national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 7702.

Contract Agent salaries at EEA

FUNC-TION 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 12128131.52467390932324675
FG II step 42211131.52550399533154760
FG III step 82831131.53243470440715532
FG IV step 133624131.54069554150596541
Contract agent salaries at EEA

Administrator salaries at EEA

FUNC-TION 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 55011131.55510702768088325
AD 65669131.56166770276059141
AD 76414131.569048459850310058
AD 87258131.577149292949311071
AD 98211131.58594101951057812180
AD 109291131.59538111681175313384
AD 1110512131.510549122121302614690
AD 1211893131.511619133181439416093
AD 1313457131.512671144121578117522
AD 1415225131.513409152131703618840
AD 1517227131.514661165191873720596
AD 1619491131.515956178772053622458
Administrator salaries at EEA

Assistant salaries at EEA

FUNC-TION 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 13058131.53528499644075874
AST 23459131.53917539448816358
AST 33914131.54396588654596948
AST 44429131.54919642260917594
AST 55011131.55510702768088325
AST 65669131.56166770276059141
AST 76414131.569048459850310058
AST 87258131.577149292949311071
AST 98211131.58594101951057812180
AST 109291131.59538111681175313384
AST 1110512131.510549122121302614690
Assistant salaries at EEA

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at EEA

FUNC-TION 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 12745131.53145461339745441
AST/SC 23106131.53565503344435911
AST/SC 33514131.53909539249096391
AST/SC 43976131.54435592554986988
AST/SC 54499131.54992649561637666
AST/SC 65090131.55614713169128429
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at EEA

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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