What is the salary of Administrators AD 12?

What is the salary of Administrators AD 12?

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This article shows how much Administrators in grade AD12 step 1 can expect to earn in the European Commission. The information directly applies also to the European Parliament, European Council, EU agencies and all other EU institutions. The article presents the full remuneration package: not only the basic salary, but also allowances and other benefits. It also shows the impact of location and the Correction Coefficient on your take-home pay.

Basic salary vs. full remuneration package

The monthly ‘basic salary’ for Administrators AD12 in the European Commission and other EU institutions ranges from EUR 11893 to 13457. The starting basic salary will always be the lower number, but you can get ‘reclassified’ or get promoted.

Reclassification‘ is the automatic advancement through the European Commission salary scales by one step every two years (see table below to assess the financial impact on your basic salary). ‘Promotion‘ based on good professional performance in the EU context means that you not only get a good evaluation in the annual ‘appraisal’ process, but are also made to skip several salary scale steps or even a grade at once. Promotion has the most significant impact on your income, if you remain in the same job.

At the same time, knowing your ‘basic salary’ in most cases does not tell you much about your final take-home pay. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, the basic salary is supplemented by a number allowances. This is especially so if you have children, a spouse or/and are an expat.

Secondly, the country you are employed in has a significant impact on your total salary due to the ‘Correction Coefficient‘. Brussels is used as reference and there the Correction Coefficient is 100% of basic salary as quoted below. If you work for an EU agency in Scandinavia, your salary and allowances will upped by 18-31% to compensate for higher living costs. Conversely, if you will work for the EU in Bulgaria, you will get only 55% of what your Brussels colleague doing the same job gets.

Administrators’ remuneration by family and residence status

Below is a sample salary and take-home pay approximation of an Administrator in grade AD12 step 1 who is living in Brussels, Belgium, with four typical personal/family situations.

Situation 1Situation 2Situation 3Situation 4
Single Belgian national with no childrenMarried Belgian national with two childrenSingle Italian national with no childrenMarried Italian national with two children
Administrators AD12 salary EUR
Basic Pay11893118931189311893
Household allowance04340434
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance0021102110
Pension contribution-1201-1201-1201-1201
Health insurance contribution (JSIS coverage)-202-202-202-202
Accident insurance contribution-12-12-12-12
Special levy-321-321-321-321
Correction coefficient100%100%100%100%
if employed in Brussels
European Commission Administrators AD12 step 1 salary and allowances: full remuneration package calculation (2022)

N.B. These calculations are only indicative as they are based on public sources. Only your institution’s HR department will be able to calculate a 100% accurate figure once you provide all necessary documents.

On top of the above, any children would either be guaranteed a place in the local European School, or an Education Allowance for each child. The expat family would also get around 1000 EUR annually per family member as a Travel Grant considering the distance to Rome.

Managerial titleGrade
Director-GeneralAD 15AD 16
DirectorAD 14AD 15
Adviser or equivalentAD 13- AD 14
Head of unit or equivalentAD 9AD 14
Administrators’ grades corresponding to posts with managerial duties | Staff Regulations, Annex 1

Officials in grades AD9 to AD16 are often Heads of Units, Directors of Divisions or higher level managers like Directors-General and their deputies. Officials with managerial duties are entitled to the Managerial Allowance which is around EUR 450 for Administrators AD12.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for Administrators AD12

GradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
1313 456,6914 022,1514 611,3715 017,9015 225,35
1211 893,4612 393,2312 914,0213 273,3013 456,69
1110 511,8310 953,5411 413,8211 731,3811 893,46
Basic salary scale for Administrators AD12 compared to AD11 and AD13. Source: Staff Regulations, Article 66

Impact of Correction Coefficient on Administrators AD12 basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Administrators AD12 basic pay according to the correction coefficient by location of your institution. You should also read a dedicated article about the Correction Coefficient to understand the details.

LocationEU institutionCorrection CoefficientAdjusted Basic Pay EUR
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.413249
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.311453
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.412060
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.311453
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.99503
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB10011893
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.58147
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.19051
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.911524
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.215960
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.615889
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.911524
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.413249
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.614105
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.210133
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.911524
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.29776
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.410870
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.910097
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors10011893
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.311453
Munich, Germanyn/a113.413487
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.210846
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.914260
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.110478
Riga, LatviaBEREC809514
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.211322
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.77338
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.315497
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.310264
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.210133
Turin, ItalyETF91.210846
Valletta, MaltaEUAA9411179
Varese, Italyn/a91.210846
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.914260
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.613035
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.311453
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.19526
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.68396
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.39312
Basic Pay of European Commission Administrators AD12, adjusted by the Correction Coefficient

Take into account that your allowances will also be adjusted by the Correction Coefficient. If you will work not in Brussels, but in another EU location, you should multiply the grand total values in the “scenarios table” to get the actual approximate figure.

Allowances and other benefits for EU institutions staff

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


This article is based on the European Commission Staff Regulations and other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements. As the EU legal documents and even information on the various websites is hard to understand, this article is one from a series that tries to make information about employment in the European Commission and other EU institutions more accessible.

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