Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, INTERMEDIATE Level (AST 4)

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Intermediate Level AST 4
An overview of the salary and benefits of the European Border and Coast Guard Officer at the Intermediate Level (AST 4).
European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Intermediate Level AST 4
An overview of the salary and benefits of the European Border and Coast Guard Officer at the Intermediate Level (AST 4).

This article covers just the salary and related benefits of the Intermediate 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 Intermediate 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 2748.
* Foreigners without children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 3399.
* Foreigners with children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 3961.

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)AST 4, step 1 = EUR 2328
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 2416
Household allowancesAST 4, step 1 = EUR 187
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 189
Expatriation allowanceAST 4, step 1 = EUR 464 – 629
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 484 – 649
Foreign residence allowanceAST 4, step 1 = EUR 116 – 157
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 121 – 162
Dependent child allowances for each childEUR 281
Preschool allowanceEUR 69
Education allowanceEUR 382
Shift allowanceEUR 420 – 946
Standby duty allowanceEUR 2 per hour during weekdayEUR 4 EUR per hour during weekends / public holidays

A sample calculation

The below table and text is an overview of the full-benefits package of a successful candidate in three scenarios:
1) Polish resident with no children
2) Foreigner in Poland with no children
3) Foreigner in Poland with 2 children

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 2328EUR 2328EUR 2328
Household allowancesEUR 0EUR 187EUR 187
Expatriation allowanceEUR 0EUR 464EUR 464
Foreign residence allowancen/an/an/a
Dependent child allowances for each childEUR 0EUR 0EUR 281 x 2 = EUR 562
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 (not applicable if children attend European School), 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 2748At least EUR 3399At least EUR 3961
(not counting Education allowance)
Salary calculation, Frontex Border Guard – Intermediate Level AST4

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 ‘Intermediate Level’, candidates are offered an initial 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.

You might also want to read these articles:
Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Basic Level (FG IV)
Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Advanced Level (AD7)

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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!

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  1. Which level of salary would I get with twenty years of duty experience? Both for AST4 (intermediate) and FGIV (basic)

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