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What is a good salary in the Netherlands?

Bram Valkenburg

Many people wonder what salary is earned in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is known as a prosperous country with good salaries. The big question is of course: is this actually true? Intro EU Staffing has years of experience in the Netherlands for English-speaking people to work. We would like to tell you more about our expertise

How much salary should you receive for the work you do?

Whether you like it or not, the world revolves around money. You need it every day and it helps a lot if you have enough of it. If you have enough of it, the next question is whether your paycheck makes you happy. Does your salary payment fill you with pride and satisfaction, or do you see it as ’the monthly insult’? How your salary compares to the average salary can affect how satisfied you are with your paycheck. In addition, it is useful to know what the going salary is for the type of work you do. That makes negotiating a lot easier. And it’s also just fun to see what the neighbor and your sister-in-law earn approximately.

What is a ‘good’ salary in the Netherlands?

Well, what do we consider a good salary in the Netherlands? To achieve this, we first need to look at the factors that influence this. Because when is a salary ‘good’? That of course depends on several things, for example:

  • Your age (€1500 per month is great for a 15 year old)
  • Your education, knowledge and experience (€ 1500 per month is meager for someone with a university degree)
  • The sector in which you work (a teacher who teaches children usually earns less than a trainer who teaches professionals)

What is the minimum wage in 2023?

In the Netherlands, employers are not allowed to pay you less than the minimum wage. That sounds great, but with the minimum wage it really isn’t a big deal. Often it is barely enough to meet the monthly costs.

As of January 1, 2023, new gross amounts will apply for the minimum wage in the Netherlands.

The amounts apply for a full working week. Depending on your sector and collective labor agreements, this involves a working week of 36, 38 or 40 hours.

Age Salary each month
15 jaar € 580,30
16 jaar € 667,35
17 jaar € 764,10
18 jaar € 967,20
19 jaar € 1.160,65
20 jaar € 1.547,50
From 21 jaar € 1.934,40


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