Salary and benefits – Frontex Border Guard Officer, ADVANCED Level (AD 7)

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Advanced Level AD 7
An overview of the salary and benefits of the European Border and Coast Guard Officer at the Advanced Level (AD 7).

This article covers just the salary and related benefits of the Frontex Advanced Level European Border and Coast Guards. If you want to get a broader overview, read this article about the European Border and Coast Guard Standing Corps.

The ‘full salary package’ of the Advanced Level Frontex border guard greatly depends on whether you are a foreigner in Poland and whether you have dependents. Read below on how this is calculated.

* Polish residents without children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 3652.
* Foreigners without children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 4538.
* Foreigners with children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 5100.

Basic salary and benefits

Remember that the ‘basic salary’ forms only approximately 50-60% of the total remuneration package, plus, there are significant other benefits of employment like health insurance and pension rights. 

Type of benefitAmount in EUR
Basic salary (after deductions)AD 7, step 1 = EUR 3232
AD 7, step 2 = EUR 3348
Household allowancesAD 7, step 1 = EUR 213
AD 7, step 2 = EUR 216
Expatriation allowanceAD 7, step 1 = EUR 673 – 842
AD 7, step 2 = EUR 701 – 871
Foreign residence allowanceAD 7, step 1 = EUR 168 – 210
AD 7, step 2 = EUR 175 – 218
Dependent child allowances for each childEUR 281
Preschool allowanceEUR 69
Education allowanceEUR 382
Shift allowanceEUR 420 – 946
Standby duty allowanceEUR 2 per hour during weekday
EUR 4 EUR per hour during weekends / public holidays

A sample calculation

The below table and text presents an overview of the full-benefits package of a successful candidate non-Polish candidate that has two school-age kids and 8 years of professional experience (step 1). 

If you are a Polish citizen or have resided in Poland for the past five years, you will not receive the Household, Expatriation and Foreign residence allowances. However, you can count on the rest of the benefits.

Type of benefitPolish resident, no childrenNon-Polish resident, no childrenNon-Polish resident, 2 children
Basic salary (after deductions)EUR 3232EUR 3232EUR 3232
Household allowancesn/aEUR 213EUR 213
Expatriation allowancen/aEUR 673EUR 673
Foreign residence allowancen/an/an/a
Dependent child allowances for each childn/an/aEUR 281 x 2 = EUR 562 (not applicable if children attend European School)
Preschool allowancen/an/an/a
Education allowance (up to)EUR 382 x 2 = EUR 764 (not applicable if children attend European School), not included in the final calculationn/aEUR 382 x 2 = EUR 764 (Paid according to real expenses like entry and regular fees, transportation), not included in the final calculation
Shift allowanceEUR 420+EUR 420+EUR 420+
Standby duty allowanceDepends on dutiesDepends on dutiesDepends on duties
TOTAL:At least EUR 3652At least EUR 4628At least EUR 5190

Salary calculation, Frontex Border Guard – Advanced Level AD7

Allowances and other benefits for employees of the European Commission and other EU institutions

Several allowances and other benefits can boost your income by as much as 100% depending whether you are an expat and have a spouse and children. When considering a job at an EU institution, people too seldom take these benefits into account. Important – these benefits are available to both temporary agents (AD 5-16 and AST 1-11) and contract agents (FG I to FG 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 enrollment 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. If your institution is in Brussels, for a 4-person family from Rome this will amount to EUR 2781. For a single person the amount will be EUR 677.
  • 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, around EUR 2350

Contract duration and probation period

Contract type. Under the ‘Advanced Level’, candidates are offered an initial Frontex contract of 5 years that can be prolonged once to another 5 years. This means that after 10 years in one post the officer’s contract will run out. If you will want to stay with Frontex, you will have to get another post before the 10-year deadline. 

This is contrary to the European Commission practice that temporary agents (grades AD and AST) are granted indefinite contracts after serving two 5-year contracts.

There is a probation period of nine months. It is unclear from the Frontex vacancy announcement when the probation period is started – 1st day of training of 1st day of assuming duties with the agency.

Vacancy announcement

You can download the full Frontex Border Guard 2019 vacancy announcement here. It should be very similar to all the upcoming rounds of selections of the European Border and Coast Guard Officers.

Frontex video about Standing Corps

Do you have any questions or suggestions for this article? Please comment below and let’s make this resource better for other readers!

By Ben

I'm working at my third EU institution. This website is my way of sharing know-how and expertise no matter if you just plan to get an EU job, already have one, or are planning to leave one. At all stages of your EU job "lifecycle" there are things which are important or nice to know to make the journey more comfortable. I really appreciate every comment that helps me improve the articles for other readers! Tips on new article topics welcome!

3 comments

  1. Hi Ben!
    Thanks for all the details regarding the salary “package” for the AD7 level EBCG. I am a candidate myself and all these information were quite eye-opening! However, I ‘ve got some further questions:
    -Regarding Steps 1 & 2: I am not sure what these represent…could you give me some details about this?
    -Secondly, I would like to ask you whether there are any bonuses like on Christmas or on holidays further to these you have already mentioned?

    Thank you in advance

  2. Probation starts with first day of contract, training included. It is stipulated in the selection notice.

    Also, you put 430 euro as expatriation allowance, but frontex in the job offer put 711 euro minimum, net.

    You put 420 euro in shift allowance, but that may not be the case.

    And the base salary they put in offer for ad7, step 1 is 3427 euro.

    1. Hi! Regarding the basic salary, it indeed is higher as of 1 January 2020 as the Correction Coefficient for Poland went up. This means that all allowance amounts will also be a bit higher. I just didn’t have the precise 2020 figures so I used information from the vacancy announcement.

      Regarding shift allowance, it’s just an assumption for the average situation, but at least gives an impression of what to expect. I know that many people looking for an EU job think that they will only get the basic salary.

      Thanks for spotting the calculation mistake for for the expatriation allowance. Now corrected to the figure in the vacancy announcement for consistency’s sake.

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