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    Average gross monthly wage increased to EUR 3,300 in 2013

    In 2013, a full-time worker earned, on average, 3,300 euros gross per month, according to data published by FPS Economy on Thursday. The wage gap between women and men remained substantial; an average of 7% for full-time jobs and as high as 20% for part-time jobs.

    The 3,300-euro monthly average “does, however, overestimate the true salary range,” FPS Economy notes. Indeed, 10% of workers earn less than 2,049 euros, while at the other end of the spectrum, 10% of workers enjoy a salary in excess of EUR 5,038. “If we divide all workers into groups by wages 250 euros apart, we’ll see that most workers earn between EUR 2,000 to 3,000 gross monthly.”

    Among the best paid occupations, directors of large companies top the list with an average monthly salary of EUR 9,018, while waiters and barmen are lagging behind with an income of EUR 2,129.

    Lastly, the difference in wages between women and men dropped a little compared to 2012 but still remains hefty. Women are paid on average 7% less in full-time positions. “Those numbers also underestimate the actual discrepancy in wages. In fact, women are more likely to occupy part-time positions, which affects their salaries. If you take into account the salaries of part-time employees, the difference in wages between women and men will actually jump to 20%,” the FPS emphasised.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)