Salaries in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Compared to other developed countries, salaries in the Netherlands are at average levels and probably a bit lower than US and the UK. Income taxes are on the high side unless you get the 30% ruling for expats, which means you only have to pay tax on 70% of your gross salary.
How much will I earn in the Netherlands?
Wages obviously vary significantly depending on employer, position and how much relevant experience you have. Employees in the Netherlands get at least 20 holiday days per year and a holiday bonus month (8% of annual salary) which is paid out in May.
According to the Dutch Central Plan Bureau (CPB), the median gross salary for 2017 in the Netherlands is €37,000. This figure includes the holiday bonus and corresponds to a gross monthly income of €2,850. What this means is a take-home monthly net pay of around €2,150.
There is a national minimum wage in the Netherlands which is updated twice a year. As of July 2017 this is set as €1,565.40 gross monthly (€18,784.80 per year) for people aged 22 or over. There are lower minimum wage levels for those aged 15-21.
The median gross expat salary in Amsterdam (2017) as reported by PayScale Inc is €47,950, which is split by gender as €50,837 for males and €40,391 for females. Note that the pool of salaries used to calculate the figures is made up of expats with better-than-average jobs.
To qualify for a visa as a highly skilled migrant, there are minimum gross salary requirements of €4,324 per month (€51,888 per year) for over 30s and €3,170 per month (€38,040 per year) for under 30s. International students who have graduated in the Netherlands in the last 3 years can qualify by earning €2,272 per month (€27,264 per year) during their orientation year period.
The following table shows the approximate net monthly salary you would receive for a corresponding gross annual salary which excludes the holiday bonus. As a rough rule of thumb, an extra €5,000 in annual earnings is eqivalent to an extra €200 net monthly in your pocket.
€20,000 - €1,500 | €25,000 - €1,750
€30,000 - €1,950 | €35,000 - €2,200
€40,000 - €2,400 | €45,000 - €2,600
€50,000 - €2,800 | €55,000 - €3,050
€60,000 - €3,250 | €65,000 - €3,450
€70,000 - €3,650 | €75,000 - €3,850
€80,000 - €4,000 | €85,000 - €4,200
€90,000 - €4,400 | €95,000 - €4,600
€100,000 - €4,750 | €125,000 - €5,700
€150,000 - €6,700 | €200,000 - €8,700
€250,000 - €10,700
Elsevier-Berenschot publishes an annual Who Earns What (Wie Verdient Wat?) report in Dutch which gives median salaries in the Netherlands for over 250 job types. For reference, here are a selection of jobs and their gross annual median salaries from the 2017 report:
Chairman of Board Medium Size Company €479,000
Eredivisie (Dutch League) Football Player €264,000
Boeing 747 Pilot €218,500
Commercial Director €182,400
Director of Hospital €173,000
Sales Director €154,400
Marketing Director €133,200
Marketing Manager €113,400
Member of Dutch Parliament €107,600
IT Director €105,900
IT Manager €96,200
Public Relations Manager €92,300
Data Manager €88,000
Regional Manager €84,000
Purchasing Manager €83,000
IT Project Leader €78,400
Service Manager €76,000
Logistics Manager €74,200
Account Manager €72,600
Data Analyst €68,700
Export Manager €65,900
University Lecturer €65,750
Product Manager €63,900
Journalist National Newspaper €58,100
Director Primary School €51,500
IT Helpdesk €50,800
Median Expat Salary Amsterdam €47,950
Customer Service Team Leader €46,200
Office Manager €42,800
Marketing Assistant €41,100
Teacher Primary School €40,850
Graphic Designer €39,500
Head Chef €38,100
Median Salary Netherlands €37,000
Train Driver €35,300
Lab Analyst €34,500
Bus Driver €34,200
Taxi Driver €30,000
Photographer National Newspaper €28,300
Salary and Cost of Living in Amsterdam
According to comparitive cost of living surveys for cities worldwide, Amsterdam has average level prices although private accomodation rental costs in the city have soared in recent years.
How far your Dutch pay packet will take you depends on your housing cost and spending patterns. There can be a huge differences in outgoings between expats. For example:
• the single expat with a good corporate job who rents a nice appartment in the centre of Amsterdam and likes to live the high life.
• the expat couple who have a large mortgage on a house, have 2 kids attending an international school and run 2 cars.
• the international student who rents a room in a house, works part-time and enjoys going out.
• expats on lower incomes who have to learn to live the frugal Dutch way - cycling and using public transport, getting value from shopping, utilities and leisure activities.
• the international who comes to the Netherlands for a Dutch partner, who perhaps live together in (rent-controlled) social housing which reduces outgoings considerably and can leave more disposable income.
Whether you are lucky enough to have a secure, high paid
job or have to hustle to make ends meet, we hope your
living experience in Amsterdam will be a good one!
For more background on costs, see our
Cost of Living in Amsterdam and