What is the salary of Administrators AD 9?

What is the salary of Administrators AD 9?

This article shows how much Administrators in grade AD 9 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 AD9 in the European Commission and other EU institutions ranges from EUR 8211 to 9291. 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 AD9 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 AD9 salary EUR
Basic Pay8211821182118211
Household allowance03600360
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance0015091509
Pension contribution-826-826-826-826
Health insurance contribution (JSIS coverage)-140-140-140-140
Accident insurance contribution-8-8-8-8
Special levy-194-194-194-194
Correction coefficient100%100%100%100%
if employed in Brussels
European Commission Administrators AD9 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 300 for Administrators AD9.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for Administrators AD9

GradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
109 290,719 681,1010 087,9410 368,5810 511,83
98 211,438 556,488 916,059 164,099 290,71
87 257,537 562,507 880,288 099,538 211,43
Basic salary scale for Administrators AD9 compared to AD8 and AD10. Source: Staff Regulations, Article 66

Impact of Correction Coefficient on Administrators AD9 basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Administrators AD9 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 EUR
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.49147
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.37907
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.48326
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.37907
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.96561
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB1008211
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.55625
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.16249
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.97956
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.211019
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.610970
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.97956
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.49147
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.69738
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.26996
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.97956
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.26749
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.47505
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.96971
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors1008211
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.37907
Munich, Germanyn/a113.49311
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.27488
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.99845
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.17234
Riga, LatviaBEREC806569
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.27817
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.75066
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.310699
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.37086
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.26996
Turin, ItalyETF91.27488
Valletta, MaltaEUAA947718
Varese, Italyn/a91.27488
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.99845
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.68999
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.37907
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.16577
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.65797
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.36429
Basic Pay of European Commission Administrators AD9, 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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