FRA salaries

FRA salaries

This article provides estimated net salaries at FRA, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, located in Vienna, Austria.

The EU Fundamental Rights Agency is an institution of the European Union that promotes human rights in the EU. FRA does this by research and data analysis that results in evidence-based legal and policy recommendations and tools. It is one of the EU institutions that helps to uphold the principles of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. FRA was established in 2007.

Most EU institutions, including FRA, 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 FRA, 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 FRA. 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 FRA. You are an Italian national (any nationality except Austrian 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 FRA in Vienna, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 7528. An Austrian national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 6343.

Contract Agent salaries at FRA

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 12128108.32032322026623850
FG II step 42211108.32100329027303920
FG III step 82831108.32671387433534556
FG IV step 133624108.33351456441665387
Contract agent salaries at FRA

Administrator salaries at FRA

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 55011108.34538578856076856
AD 65669108.35078634362637528
AD 76414108.35686696770038284
AD 87258108.36353765278189118
AD 98211108.370778396871210031
AD 109291108.378559198968011023
AD 1110512108.38688100581072812098
AD 1211893108.39569109691185513254
AD 1313457108.310436118701299714431
AD 1415225108.311043125291403015516
AD 1517227108.312074136051543216962
AD 1619491108.313141147231691318495
Administrator salaries at FRA

Assistant salaries at FRA

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 13058108.32906411436294838
AST 23459108.33226444240205236
AST 33914108.33620484844965723
AST 44429108.34052528950166254
AST 55011108.34538578856076856
AST 65669108.35078634362637528
AST 76414108.35686696770038284
AST 87258108.36353765278189118
AST 98211108.370778396871210031
AST 109291108.378559198968011023
AST 1110512108.38688100581072812098
Assistant salaries at FRA

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at FRA

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 12745108.32591379932734481
AST/SC 23106108.32936414536594868
AST/SC 33514108.33220444040435263
AST/SC 43976108.33653488045285755
AST/SC 54499108.34111534950766314
AST/SC 65090108.34623587356926942
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at FRA

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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