Remuneration of civil servants

Salary or wages? Allowance or bonus? Index point, grades, steps...: the remuneration of civil servants in the public service uses a specific vocabulary that can be confusing. Let's put things straight and simplify!

How does compensation work?

Your remuneration is mainly composed of the indexed salary. More concretely, the amount of the latter is obtained (gross monthly salary) by multiplying the monthly value of the index point (4.85 euros as of July1, 2022) by the increased index attached to the step in which you are classified (which ranges from 340 to 1329).

To this basic salary may be added monthly:

  • The allowance for functions, hardship and expertise (IFSE), linked to the grade and the function performed for engineers and technicians (M/F);
  • An allowance linked to grade and an allowance linked to the exercise of certain specific duties or responsibilities for researchers (M/F);
  • Residence allowance fixed as a percentage of the basic salary (3%, 1% or 0%) depending on the administrative residence (city of assignment);
  • The family salary supplement (amount depending on the number of dependent children) ;
  • Partial reimbursement of commuting expenses;
  • Specific bonuses or allowances linked to the performance of certain functions.

Remuneration of engineers and technicians (M/F) on 01/01/2023

An annual compensation supplement (CIA), the amount of which can be adjusted according to the way in which the employee serves and the professional commitment
and professional commitment, can be paid in July and December.

Public Service Category Body Minimum gross monthly salary at the beginning of the career *. Gross monthly salary at the end of the career*. Average AIC ** (2022)
A Research Engineer (RI) 2 907,69 € 5 992.73 € 1 130.94 €
A Design Engineer (IE) 2 323.59 € 4 505.28 € 1 132.44 €
A Assistant Engineer (AI) 2 153.30 € 3 437.53 € 985.07 €
B Research Technician (RT) 2 057.81 € 3 228.34 € 839.92 €
C Research Technical Assistant (RTA) 1 963.88 € 2 631.21 € 530.04 €
* These amounts do not take into account any annual bonuses or additional monthly amounts related to management or the performance of specific duties that may increase compensation. ** CIA: annual compensation supplement (annual bonus).

Compensation for researchers (M/F) on 01/09/2022

An individual bonus linked to the quality of activities and professional commitment may be paid monthly.

Public Service Category Body Grade Gross monthly salary at the beginning of the career Maximum gross monthly salary at the end of the career Research bonus (annual amount paid monthly)
A Director of Research (DR) Exceptional class 5 493,59 € 6 224,19 € 3 500 €
A Director of Research (DR) 1st class 3 887,19 € 5 493,59 € 3 500 €
A Director of Research (DR) 2nd class 3 123,81 € 4 997,15 € 3 500 €
A Research Associate (RA) Out of class 3 011,40 € 4 997,15 € 3 500 €
A Research Associate (RA) Normal class 2 219,92 € 3 887,19 € 3 500 €
* These tables give a range of remuneration provided as an indication and covering a whole career for a given grade. The remuneration includes: the indexed salary + the research bonus or the allowance for functions, duties and expertise. The net salary is obtained by applying a contribution rate between 17 and 18%.