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Average monthly income in Belgium 2007-2017, by level of education

On average, the gross monthly income in Belgium varied between 2,700 to 5,300 euros in 2017. The amount earned depended on the level of education. Indeed, the higher the education, the higher the average salary. However, only a small share of Belgians thought their salaries were in line with their qualifications. Furthermore, from 2007 to 2017, the salaries linked to higher education knew higher raises than low education-related salaries. For instance, the average salary for a person with a master increased by a thousand euros, whereas the salary of a person holding a secondary education degree increased by around 400 euros.

The Belgian dream?

From the country’s perspective, the average salary was also depending on the region of Belgium they worked in. On a European level, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (together known as the Benelux region) were all three in the five European Union countries with the highest annual salary in 2017. Luxembourg was, in fact, the country with the highest average salary. Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Belgium held the fourth and fifth positions. However, these figures reflect only average amounts and do not provide information on the distribution of different wages.

Further income disparities…

In addition to these differences, in 2017, Belgians also faced different levels of income depending on their gender. Despite gender equality being one of the fundamental principles of the European-Union law, the average pay in Belgium was higher in the male population than in the female population. All in all, education indeed correlated to the level of wages, but then so were other variables.

Average monthly income in Belgium from 2007 to 2017, by level of education

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2017

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