In-house salaries for translators in Belgium?
Thread poster: Christopher Fitzsimons

Christopher Fitzsimons
Switzerland
Local time: 04:22
Portuguese to English
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Dec 13, 2011

Dear all,

I was wondering if anyone has experience of working as a translator and editor (English native in my case with FR/DE/ES/IT/PT as source languages) for a medium sized (approximately 120 employees) translation and communication agency in Brussels (specialising in European affairs and mostly working for EU institutions in this case).

I'm specifically interested in salaries; i.e. how much can an experienced (three years of experience) and qualified translator expect to earn. I currently work in-house for the EU in Luxembourg and have been offered an in-house position in Brussels however the salary seems to be negotiable so I would appreciate input from anyone who has worked in a similar position in Belgium so that I have some idea of a reasonable number to start negotiating with.

Thanks for any advice you can provide in advance.


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United Kingdom
Local time: 03:22
Flemish to English
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A gross-net salary calculator. Dec 13, 2011

Christopher Patrick Fitzsimons wrote:

Dear all,

I was wondering if anyone has experience of working as a translator and editor (English native in my case with FR/DE/ES/IT/PT as source languages) for a medium sized (approximately 120 employees) translation and communication agency in Brussels (specialising in European affairs and mostly working for EU institutions in this case).

I'm specifically interested in salaries; i.e. how much can an experienced (three years of experience) and qualified translator expect to earn. I currently work in-house for the EU in Luxembourg and have been offered an in-house position in Brussels however the salary seems to be negotiable so I would appreciate input from anyone who has worked in a similar position in Belgium so that I have some idea of a reasonable number to start negotiating with.

Thanks for any advice you can provide in advance.


In Belgium, 50% of your gross-salary goes to taxes and social-security contributions. Translator is a communication profession, so expect something between 1600-1900 euros netto.
European officials earn much more and pay a much lower %-age to the E.U. itself.

A net-wages calculator and the translation of what you have to fill out:

http://www.vacature.com/tools/bruto-netto-calculator

Naam/Name
Voornaam/First Name
Burgerlijke staat/Marital Status
Werknemer woont in het Vlaams gewest/ Employee lives in the Flemish Region
Werknemer is mindervalide ? Disabled Employee?
Beroepsinkomen partner ? Professional income partner?
Partner is mindervalide ? Disabled partner?
Valide/Able Mindervalide/Disable?
Kinderen ? Children?
Andere /Other 65 jaar ?

Arbeider/Worker Bediende/Employee
Jonger dan 19 jaar/Younger than 19.
Regime/Working Status
Uren per week/Hours per week.
Gem. aantal werkdagen/week ?
Average number of working-days/week?
Bruto maandloon
Gross Monthly salary
Bruto uurloon
Gross hourly wages.

Or
Netto maandloon
Net-monthly wages
Netto uurloon
Net-hourly salary.
Sociaal abonnement
Social Commutation Ticket (i.e. the employer pays a part of your transport costs).

Fietsvergoeding ? Bycicle allowance ?

Groepsverzekering ?Group insurance?

Firmawagen ? Company Car?

Maaltijdcheques ? Meal Vouchers?
Terugbetaalde kosten per maand
Monthly reimbursed costs?
Maandelijks commissieloon
Monthly commission fee
Maandelijkse premies
Monthly premiums

Andere netto-inhoudingen/Other net-deductions?


Average price of a flat in Brussels: about 700 euros and fierce competition to find one. Contracts are usually for a year or longer.

Good luck.

[Edited at 2011-12-14 07:56 GMT]


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