What should you be earning in Amsterdam?

There are many factors to consider when calculating the salary you should expect, such as age, years of experience, exact function and level of responsibility, level of education, company size, whether the company is international, what industry it’s in etc. These should all be taken into account when entering into salary negotiations with a prospective employer and the figures below are intended as a guide. 

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 pay as salaries are often quoted without these extra amounts and these additions can increase your annual pay considerably.

Age and experience 

Below are the average salaries based on years of experience. These numbers were provided by recruiters who have extensive experience with salary expectations over a wide range of fields and levels of experience, incorporated with research from publicly available information.

Function/years of experience
0-1
1-3 3-5
5-10
10+
 Administration   €1,800 - €2,000
 €2,100 - €2,300  €2,400 - €2,700  €2,800 - €3,100  €3,300+
 Personal assistant  €2,100 - €2,500  €2,500 - €2,900  €2,900 - €3,500  €4,000 - €4,700  €5,000+
 Customer service representative   €2,300 - €2,500  €2,500 - €2,600 €2,600 - €2,800  €2,800 - €3,200  €3,300 - €3,700
 Marketing professional   €2,300 - €2,500  €2,500 - €2,800  €3,500 - €4,000  €5,000 - €5,500  €5,500
 Sales (excl. commission)   €2,200 - €2,500  €2,500 - €3,000  €3,700 - €4,000  €5,000 - €6,000  €6,000+
 HR professional   €2,200 - €4,500  €2,500 - €5,000  €2,800 - €5,500  €3,200 - €6,000  €6,000+ 
 Accountant   €2,300 - €2,500  €2,500 - €3,000  €3,000 - €3,700  €3,700 - €4,600  €4,600+
 Financial controller   €2,800 - €3,000  €3,000 - €3,500  €3,500 - €4,000  €4,000 - €5,000  €5,000+
 Software developer  €2,600 - €2,900  €3,000 - €3,500  €3,800 - €4,200  €4,500 - €4,800  €6,000+
 Data Analyst  €2,200 - €2,700  €3,000 - €3,700  €3,800 - €4,200  €4,500 - €4,800  €5,000+
 Logistics & Supply chain professional  €2,100 - €2,700  €2,500 - €3,200  €3,200 - €4,000  €4,000 - €5,000  €5,500+

Skills and languages

Developing certain skill is usually met with financial rewards in the Netherlands. Several professions are in high demand including engineers, IT professionals and a variety of creative roles. The high concentration of international organisations means that native speakers who can conduct business with partners abroad are also frequently requested by recruiters. English is preferable for international residents looking to work in the Netherlands, however German and French are also in high demand as Dutch companies most frequently operate within the market of neighbouring countries.

Minimum salary 

In 2018, the Netherlands ranked 8th in Europe among countries with the highest minimum wage. Find more information about the minimum salary requirements for 2019. 

Taxes

Although salaries are relatively high in the Netherlands, income tax levels are correspondingly high. As a general estimate, an employee who earns €2500 gross should take home around €2000 net. Salaries are usually quoted as 'gross' (before tax is deducted) 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). Calculate your net salary with this tax calculator.

This summary is intended as a broad overview of salary thresholds in the Netherlands. When negotiating a salary, remember to ask questions to be sure of what is included. Contact Adams Multilingual Recruitment for further information on salaries and your career in the Netherlands.