What does a councilor earn?

Being a councilor is not a full-time job. Earnings are based on the number of hours the work is likely to require. The number of hours someone spends on his position as a councilor partly depends on the number of inhabitants of the municipality. You must hold a position as a councilor out of passion. This position requires an average of 14 hours per week. Councilors in larger municipalities will spend more time on this. A large part of the time is spent preparing for meetings. This will mainly involve reading through documents that will be discussed in the meetings. Reimbursements are low, especially in small municipalities. These council members also have to spend little time on this position, and so the compensation is also lower.

Larger municipalities

The allowances are higher for councilors of larger municipalities. In large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, it is a well-paid part-time position. In general, these people receive a reward based on an investment of at least 20 hours a week. The municipalities assume an assumed investment in time. A councilor of a larger municipality earns more, because it is assumed that it will take more time to perform the position as a councilor. This means that councilors in larger municipalities are better off than their colleagues in smaller municipalities. More residents do not always mean that the function takes more time.

What does a councilor earn?

The earnings of council members are public. On the website inoverheid.nl you will find the income of various civil servants. The council members do not receive a salary, but compensation for the work they do. In the overview below you will find a number of reimbursements depending on the number of inhabitants in a municipality.

Councilor of a municipality up to 6,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 201.62
  • Plus expense allowance: 39.18
  • Compensation per meeting: 53.64

Councilor of a municipality with between 6,001-8,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 223.32
  • Plus expense allowance: 41.34
  • Compensation per meeting: 53.64

Councilor of a municipality with between 12,001-14,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 352.87
  • Plus expense allowance: 54.93
  • Fee per meeting: 59.30

Councilor of a municipality with between 24,001-30,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 691.68
  • Plus expense allowance: 84.33
  • Fee per meeting: 71.15
  • Councilor of a municipality with between 50,001-60,000 inhabitants
  • Monthly compensation: 1,111.52
  • Plus expense allowance: 129.47
  • Compensation per meeting: 87.54

Councilor of a municipality with between 100,001-125,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 1,394.66
  • Plus expense allowance: 156.66
  • Fee per meeting: 111.80

Councilor of a municipality with between 250,001-375,000 inhabitants

  • Monthly compensation: 1,720.26
  • Plus expense allowance: 196.38
  • Compensation per meeting: 141.74

Councilor of a municipality with a population of 375,000 or more

  • Monthly compensation: 2,094.35
  • Plus expense allowance: 235.54 (490.69)
  • Compensation per meeting: 141.74

Hourly rate

A councilor in a municipality with a population of 375,000 or more receives ten times as much in monthly compensation. The expense allowances and compensation per meeting are also much higher. However, a councilor from Amsterdam is unlikely to put in ten times as much time as a councilor from Schiermonnikoog (the smallest municipality). See also: How much does a police/military service job earn? Earnings of a financial advisor