Frontex salaries

Frontex salaries

This article provides approximate net salaries at Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, located in Warsaw, Poland.

Frontex is an EU institution that promotes, coordinates and develops European border management and institutions responsible for this function in EU Member States. Frontex also facilitates the uptake of the concept of Integrated Border Management. The agency also engages in a multitude of other border guarding-related functions such as monitoring migration flows, carrying out vulnerability assessments of Member States institutions, organises joint operations and rapid border interventions, carries out search and rescue at operations at sea. Frontex also supervises Standing Corps, the EU’s border guard service.

Most EU institutions, including Frontex, do a notoriously poor job in communicating their salary scales as they often indicate just the basic pay and little other detail, and quite many even fail to adjust it by the Correction Coefficient. This is not helpful for people without experience in the EU system, and a hindrance for quite many staff members that consider changing their positions as this makes it really difficult to understanding a person’s future income. This article series will seek to address the lack of information on actual net salaries in EU institutions.

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 Frontex, 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 Poland, so they present a realistic approximation of take-home pay/full remuneration package calculation.

As usual in these types of articles, I have to add 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 information below gives you a realistic estimate of what you can expect to earn at Frontex. 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.

Lastly, the information also applies to the Frontex border guards also know as the Standing Corps. Officers serving as European Union border guards will get the exact same salaries as “regular” employees of Frontex, plus, they might be entitled to some additional allowances like the Shift Allowance and Standby Duty Allowance.

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 Frontex. You are a Dutch national (any nationality except Polish 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 Frontex in Poland your net take-home remuneration package would be EUR 5026. A Polish national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 4235.

Table of Administrators' salaries at Frontex.

Contract Agent salaries at Frontex

Function groupBasic salaryCorrection coefficient for PolandSingle local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
FG I
step 1
212872.31356214917772570
FG II
step 4
221172.31402219618232617
FG III
step 8
283172.31783258622383042
FG IV
step 13
362472.32237304727813596
Contract agent salaries at Frontex

Administrator salaries at Frontex

Function group (step 1)Basic salaryCorrection coefficient for PolandSingle local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
AD 5501172.33029386437434577
AD 6566972.33390423541815026
AD 7641472.33796465146755530
AD 8725872.34241510952196087
AD 9821172.34725560558166696
AD 10929172.35244614064627359
AD 111051272.35800671571628077
AD 121189372.36388732379148848
AD 131345772.36967792486779634
AD 141522572.373728364936610358
AD 151722772.3806190821030211324
AD 161949172.3877398291129112347
Administrator salaries at Frontex

Assistant salaries at Frontex

Function group
(step 1)
Basic salaryCorrection coefficient for PolandSingle local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
AST 1305872.31940274724233230
AST 2345972.32154296626843496
AST 3391472.32417323630013820
AST 4442972.32705353133494175
AST 5501172.33029386437434577
AST 6566972.33390423541815026
AST 7641472.33796465146755530
AST 8725872.34241510952196087
AST 9821172.34725560558166696
AST 10929172.35244614064627359
AST 111051272.35800671571628077
Assistant salaries at Frontex

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at Frontex

Function group
(step 1)
Basic salaryCorrection coefficient for PolandSingle local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
AST/SC 1274572.31729253621852992
AST/SC 2310672.31960276724433250
AST/SC 3351472.32149296426993514
AST/SC 4397672.32439325830233842
AST/SC 5449972.32745357133894215
AST/SC 6509072.33086392138004634
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at Frontex

In you are interested in more information about the Standing Corps, read the dedicated articles for each European Union border guards employment category:
>> How to become a Frontex border guard?
>> Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Basic Level (Contract Agent FGIV)
>> Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Intermediate Level (Assistant AST4)
>> Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Advanced Level (Administrator AD7)

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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