What is the salary of Administrators AD 13?

What is the salary of Administrators AD 13?

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This article shows how much Administrators in grade AD13 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 AD13 in the European Commission and other EU institutions ranges from EUR 13457 to 15225. 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 AD13 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 AD13 salary EUR
Basic Pay13457134571345713457
Household allowance04340434
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance0023652365
Pension contribution-1359-1359-1359-1359
Health insurance contribution (JSIS coverage)-229-229-229-229
Accident insurance contribution-13-13-13-13
Special levy-371-371-371-371
Correction coefficient100%100%100%100%
if employed in Brussels
European Commission Administrators AD13 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 550 for Administrators AD13.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for Administrators AD13

GradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
1415 225,3515 865,1616 531,8316 991,7717 226,53
1313 456,6914 022,1514 611,3715 017,9015 225,35
1211 893,4612 393,2312 914,0213 273,3013 456,69
Basic salary scale for Administrators AD13 compared to AD12 and AD14. Source: Staff Regulations, Article 66

Impact of Correction Coefficient on Administrators AD13 basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Administrators AD13 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 Salary
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.414991
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.312959
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.413645
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.312959
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.910752
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB10013457
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.59218
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.110241
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.913040
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.218059
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.617979
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.913040
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.414991
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.615960
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.211465
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.913040
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.211062
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.412300
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.911425
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors10013457
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.312959
Munich, Germanyn/a113.415260
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.212273
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.916135
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.111856
Riga, LatviaBEREC8010766
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.212811
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.78303
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.317534
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.311613
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.211465
Turin, ItalyETF91.212273
Valletta, MaltaEUAA9412650
Varese, Italyn/a91.212273
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.916135
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.614749
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.312959
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.110779
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.69501
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.310537
Basic Pay of European Commission Administrators AD13, 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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