Pay amount

How much do I get paid?

How much you get paid depends on a number of things. For example, whether or not you are covered by a collective labour agreement [Collectieve Arbeidsovereenkomst (CAO)]. It also depends on what kind of job you have, how many hours you work, and whether you do your job well. According to the law, you are at least entitled to the minimum wage.

How much do I get paid?

This depends on a couple of things:

  • What does your CAO, contract, or occupation scheme say?
  • How is your job classified in the CAO?
  • Which salary scale are you on?
  • Are you working full-time or part-time?
  • How many hours do you work a week?
  • How do you grow within your pay scale – based on years of experience, or on assessment?
  • Do you work shifts or at “special” times (such as weekends or evenings)?
  • What bonuses do you get? For example, do you get a bonus for working shifts or Saturdays? Or do you get compensation for difficult working conditions?

When you are employed by an employer, you receive a salary or wage in return. You usually get this every month, but sometimes every 4 weeks. Your salary consists of:

  • Base salary (the salary that goes with your job and your experience or assessment)
  • Holiday allowance (legally at least 8% of your annual salary)

However, depending on your CAO, you may also get bonuses such as:

  • Bonus for unsocial hours
  • Bonus for working on Saturdays, Sundays, in the evening, or at night
  • Bonus for shift work
  • Bonus for performance or results achieved

  • Gross pay is the pay agreed in your contract or in your CAO.
  • Net pay refers to the amount that is paid into your account every month (or every 4 weeks).
  • Net pay is less than gross pay. This is because taxes (payroll tax) and employee contributions are deducted from the gross salary.
  • Employee contributions ensure that you get money if you become unemployed, sick, or disabled.
  • National insurance contribution, for things like your state pension [AOW], are also deducted from your gross salary.

What is the minimum wage?

The legal minimum wage amounts apply to a full working week. This is usually 36, 38, or 40 hours a week. This depends on the sector you work in and any CAOs that might apply to that sector. CAOs state how long a normal working week is. In the hospitality industry and greenhouse horticulture, for example, it is 38 hours per week.

What is minimum wage per hour?

In the table below, you will find the minimum hourly rates that apply from 1 January 2022. The most recent information on minimum wage amounts can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.

Full-time working week in a company

21 years old and older

20 years old

19 years old

18 years old

36 hours

€ 11.06

€ 8.85

€ 6.64

€ 5.53

38 hours

€ 10.48

€ 8.39

€ 6.29

€ 5.24

40 hours

€ 9.96

€ 7.97

€ 5.98

€ 4.98


The hourly wages in the table have been rounded up. Conversion results in a slightly higher amount per day, week, or month than the legal minimum.

What does your CAO say?

An employer may of course pay you more than the minimum wage. If you are covered by a CAO, your employer must pay you at least the salary that the CAO says you should receive for your job.

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