Salary of Assistants in grade AST 10

Salary of Assistants in grade AST 10

This article shows how much Assistants in grade AST 10 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 assistants AST10 in the European Commission and other EU institutions ranges from EUR 9291 to 10512. 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 in most cases constitutes between 50-100% of your total remuneration package depending on whether you entitled to the various 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.

Assistants’ remuneration by family and residence status

Below is a sample salary and take-home pay calculation of an Assistant in grade AST10 step 1 for four common scenarios in Brussels, Belgium.

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
Assistants AST 10
Basic Pay9291929192919291
Household allowance03820382
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance0016851685
Pension contribution-938-938-938-938
Health insurance contribution (JSIS coverage)-158-158-158-158
Accident insurance contribution-9-9-9-9
Special levy-235-235-235-235
Correction coefficient100%100%100%100%
if employed in Brussels
European Commission Assistants AST10 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.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for Assistants AST10

GradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
1110 511,8310 953,5411 413,8211 731,3811 893,46
109 290,719 681,1010 087,9410 368,5810 511,83
98 211,438 556,488 916,059 164,099 290,71
Basic salary scale for Assistants AST10 compared to AST9 and AST11. Source: Staff Regulations, Article 66

Impact of Correction Coefficient on Assistants AST10 basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Assistants AST 10 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 Coefficient
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.410350
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.38947
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.49421
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.38947
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.97424
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB1009291
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.56364
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.17070
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.99003
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.212469
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.612413
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.99003
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.410350
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.611019
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.27916
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.99003
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.27637
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.48492
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.97888
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors1009291
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.38947
Munich, Germanyn/a113.410536
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.28473
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.911140
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.18185
Riga, LatviaBEREC807433
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.28845
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.75733
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.312106
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.38018
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.27916
Turin, ItalyETF91.28473
Valletta, MaltaEUAA948734
Varese, Italyn/a91.28473
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.911140
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.610183
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.38947
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.17442
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.66559
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.37275
Basic Pay of European Commission Assistants AST10, 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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