Salaries in the Netherlands - What should you be earning?

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Salaries in the Netherlands

Updated on March 20, 2018

Imagine you’ve just received an excellent job offer. Successful company, exciting role, perfect location. The only thing left to agree upon is the salary. How can you answer the question about your salary indication when you are unfamiliar with the market?

There are many factors to consider when deciding what salary you should expect including your age, education, relevant experience, exact position and responsibilities, and the company’s size and industry sector. We have compiled some of the most important information you need when entering into salary negotiations with a prospective employer. 

Firstly, it is interesting to note that salaries in the Netherlands are usually quoted in terms of monthly recompense as opposed to annual salary. If you are provided with an annual amount it is always worth asking whether the amount includes 8% holiday pay or a 13th or 14th month as salaries are often quoted without these extra amounts and these additions can increase your annual pay considerably.

Age and Experience 

We’ve created a list of the average salaries you can expect for a wide range of occupations, and presented them based on years of relevant experience. 

Average Salary in the Netherlands

These numbers were provided by our recruiters, who have extensive experience with salary expectations over a wide range of fields and levels of experience. 

Skills and languages

Investing in development of certain skills can have financial rewards in the Netherlands. For example, employees with Project Management skills are valued on the Dutch labour market and may expect to earn around €50,000 per year. Those who have experience in engineering design may also expect to earn higher salaries than other employees. Since many international companies are based in the Netherlands there is also a high demand for native speakers who can conduct business with partners abroad. According to the languages most highly valued by employers in 2016 were English, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, and Spanish. 

Minimum Salary 

The Netherlands boasts the 4th highest minimum salary in Europe (behind Luxemburg, Monaco, and Ireland). In 2018 the minimum salary for employees aged between 22 and 65 is €1.578,00 (gross).


Although salaries are relatively high in the Netherlands, income tax levels are correspondingly high. Estimating roughly - an employee who earns €2500 gross should take home around €1967 net. Salaries are usually quoted 'gross' (before tax subtraction) when negotiations are underway but, of course, what you are really interested in is the net income (i.e. what will go into your bank account at the end of the month). You can easily calculate your net salary with this tax calculator.

We hope this helps to give you a broad overview of what you can expect to earn in the Netherlands and how much is reasonable to ask for if you are coming from another country. Remember to ensure that when you are quoted a salary you are absolutely clear what is included and always try to calculate what your net income is likely to be. If you are looking for a job click here to take a look at some of our vacancies. We wish you the best of luck in your job search!