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What is the average salary in Belgium? This study has an answer
A full-time employee in Belgium earns on average €3,100 gross per month, according to the latest edition of an annual salary survey based on almost 50,000 responses.
The study by vacature.com and KU Leuven university found a mean monthly salary of €3,510 - but this average was pushed up by a small number of very high earners.
The median amount - €3,100 - offers a better picture. Exactly half of employees earn below this amount and half earn more.
The research has been carried out every year since 1998 - but only covers Brussels and Flanders, not Wallonia.
When the study began 20 years ago, the average monthly salary was 100,000 francs - or about €2,500. In 2008, as the financial crisis struck, the figure was about the same - and over the past decade it has risen by about 25%.
The top 10% of earners who took part in the study earned more than €5,350 gross per month. Lawyers, researchers and managers were most likely to fall into this category.
The lowest-paid 10% earned less than €2,085 gross. They are mainly administrative staff, workers in the catering sector, as well as people in the creative and communications industries.
The best median monthly salary (€4,000) can be found in pharmaceuticals. The lowest (€2,500) was in tourism, sport and leisure.