The total remuneration amount in a European Commission or another EU institutions’ job goes much beyond the ‘basic salary’ and is quite difficult to calculate by yourself. If you want to find out a more precise amount you’ll be getting in an EU job, it’s best to use the official European Commission salary calculator.
There are two versions of the Excel calculator. One is for temporary agents (AD, AST, and SC grades). The other is for contract agents or ‘fonctionnaires’ in French (function groups I to IV). You can download the relevant Excel file below.
Information required to use the calculator
The calculators let you specify around 30 variables that might be relevant in calculating your total remuneration package. However, for most people it’s sufficient to enter values for the variables below to get a good idea of the salary during the first two years in office, after which your salary should increase futher based on reclasification.
- Place of employment. Read the article on ‘correction coefficients’ to find out why this is important.
- Type of contract:
- AD, AST, or SC for temporary agents
- Function groups I to IV for contract agents
- Current Grade & Step. Find this information in the vacancy announcement. If you are unsure of the step, leave it at 1. If you have many years of employment, you will be placed in a higher grade and step, increasing your actual salary. However, this will be precisely calculated in the first days of employment, after the supporting documents are reviewed.
- Household allowance. Set to ‘yes’ if you are an expat and haven’t lived in the country for the past five years. If you are a local, leave this at ‘No’.
- Children allowance. If you have a child/children, set to yes and indicate the number of children below in the calculator. For each dependent child you are entitled to a substantial allowance.
- Expatriation allowance. Set to ‘yes’ if you are an expat and haven’t lived in the country for the past five years. If you are a local, leave this at ‘No’.
- Other payments and deductions. Complete this section only if you are posted outside the European Union, for example, in an EU Delegation in a third country.
- Annual trip. If you are not a local, your insitution will pay you and each family member an annual allowance to cover a round-trip flight home. Distance is calculated ‘as the crow flies’ so you can use Google Maps plane mode to get this figure.
Remember that you will also be entitled to the ‘daily subsistence allowance‘ in the first 4 or 10 moths of employment. This will add roughly 1000 EUR extra to your remuneration in the applicable period.
Are the calculators official, current, and precise?
Yes, these are the official European Commission Excel calculators. They have been obtained from the Europol website. The file has been prepared in July 2019 so it is faily current. There might be a slight discrepancy with the correction coefficients as these changed in January 2020, but for most countries the difference is within three percentage points. As soon as the agency releases an updated version, I’ll replace the files above.
When it comes to precision, if you provide all the values above, you can expect to get an estimate of around 90-95% of your salary. Your actual salary will be calculated shortly after you’ll starp employment at an EU institution, after the HR department will check the originals of your supporting documents.
EU officials do not pay any national taxes, unless they choose to do so and the national social insurance system allows such voluntary contributions. You can count on the salary amount the calculators give you; there will not be further tax or other deductions.
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