Salary and grades
As a recognised public international organisation, ESA has its own internal labour legislation. Together with other international organisations, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Council of Europe, the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), ESA is part of the Co-ordinated Organisations - a forum for the common adjustment of salaries and allowances.
ESA's salary scales vary slightly across Establishments to guarantee equal purchasing power. Salaries are paid monthly 12 times per year and are based on the level of the job, experience and ability of the post holder.
Gross remuneration is subject to an internal tax and is exempt from national income tax in ESA Member States, subject to Annex I of the ESA Convention.
Please note that the ESA remuneration may be subject to national income tax in non-Member States if you are still considered a tax resident there. This can also apply to ESA Member State Nationals who had tax obligations in a non-Member State in the past. We therefore suggest that you contact the tax authorities or seek the guidance of a tax advisor if there is a possibility that this applies to you.
Typical monthly starting salaries, not including allowances, are roughly as follows:
|Level/Grade||Monthly basic salary|
|Support staff (B2)||approx. €2400-2900/month|
|Senior Support Staff (B4)||approx. €3200-3800/month|
|Experienced professional (A2)||approx. €4800-5500/month|
|Senior professional (A3)||approx. €5900-6800/month|
|Expert/Team Leader/Section Head (A4)||approx. €6900-7900/month|
|Division Head (A5)||approx. €7900-9100/month|
|Department Head (A6)||approx. €9400-10200/month|
The grade assigned to posts within ESA is determined on the basis of the duties and responsibilities associated with each post, as well as the minimum level of formal qualifications normally required to competently carry out the duties. Posts are classified in the A, L, B or C grade.
The vast majority of posts are A grade and involve either scientific or engineering activities or professional administration relating to law, finance, contracts or administration. Most professional posts are classified in the A2/A4 grade band. Managerial posts at the Division Head level are classified as A5 and Department Heads are A6.
Posts in the L grade are all in the L2/L4 grade band and cover professional translation activities. Those in the grade band B2/B4 or B4/B6 are mainly for secretarial, administrative or technical support activities.