One consistent element in salary is that it always varies. Your salary will depend on your education, your skills, how many languages you are proficient in, your experience, your negotiation skills, the economy and more. Nevertheless, it is possible to know the ballpark figure of how much you should receive for the job that you are doing.
Figuring out your potential salary may take some time due to research. Your starting point will be your current job salary. How much are you making right now? If you are going to continue working in the same field this is the best place to start. This number may vary depending on the area of the world you are in. If you are already working in Europe, this figure will be accurate. If you are working in the United States, you may need to do additional research. Next, go online and enter your job title and use salary and Europe (or a specific European country that you are interested in working in) as keywords for your search. You should be able to view a range of salaries for the position you are interested in. Then according to your experience, education and negotiation skills, this number can be altered.
So what is the typical salary for multilingual jobs in Europe? If you are a researcher in Europe, you will probably expect to be paid around €40,000 (http://www.eukn.org). However, in countries like the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and Luxembourg researchers earn about €60,000. While in Bulgaria, researchers are paid around €9,800 (http://www.eukn.org). IT managers in Switzerland are paid about €160,000 while the same position in Spain pays €93,200 (http://www.eukn.org). Multilingual jobs in the European universities generally earn €31,575 per year. But in countries such as Austria, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland the pay is about €10,000 more. Even teaching foreign languages can range anywhere from €15,000 to €30,000 per year depending on the institute, the languages being taught and more (http://www.eukn.org).
The average salary in Europe has increased 4 percent since 2006 (http://www.eukn.org). The creation of jobs opportunities and the economy has a significant impact in one’s expected salary. Depending on your multilingual skills and your additional skill sets, the pay may be very competitive. Other paid positions may not pay as much but they may include better benefits than the well paying jobs. The European job market is constantly changing and as a perspective European employee you should be aware of these changes especially in the area of salary.