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Salaries in the UN

Salaries for Professional and higher categories in UN

The United Nations offers an attractive remuneration package with competitive salaries and benefits. What is important to know is that UN has public payments for every category, Professional (P) and Higher categories (D), General Services (GS), National professional officer (NPO) and Field Services (FS).

Professional and Higher categories

The staff in the Professional and higher category is normally internationally recruited. The salary is paid on the basis of a worldwide scale and benefits considering also the cost of living at each duty station.

To read more useful information about the Grades in United Nations organization here.

They are part of management and operations support in different network areas, such as economic and social development; political, peace and security; information systems and communication technology; legal; public information and external relations; conference management; and safety and security.

Level of salaries

The level of salaries for Professional staff is determined on the basis of the Noblemaire Principle which states that the international civil service should be able to recruit staff from its Member States, including the highest-paid.

The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) makes a periodic check to identify the national civil service of the Member State which has the highest pay levels and which by its size and structure lends itself to a significant comparison.

Salary Scales for Professional and higher categories

The salary scales for the Professional and higher categories are based on five Professional grades (P-1 to P-5), two Director levels (D-1 and D-2). The scales are expressed as gross and net base salaries and applied uniformly, worldwide, by all organizations in the United Nations common system, available link

Keep in mind that the Net base salary is obtained by deducting staff assessment from gross base salary.

The Gross base salaries in the UN for individuals starting at step 1 of the grade when recruited are found below:

P1 $46,413
P2 $60,203
P3 $77,884
P4 $94,871
P5 $115,949
D1 $134,514
D2 $150,252

Tax exemption: Salaries, grants and allowances paid by the United Nations are normally exempt from income tax.

Post adjustment

The post adjustment is one of two main elements (base salary and post adjustment) comprising the salary of staff in the Professional and higher categories;

The cost-of-living varies significantly between duty stations. The post adjustment is designed to compensate the differences in living costs, thereby providing the staff with the same purchasing power at all duty stations.

For example if your annual base salary is US$ 64,000 and the post adjustment multiplier for your duty station is 65.7%. Your salary will be calculated based on the following: Post adjustment per year: US$ 64,000 x 0.657 = US$ 42,048

To calculate the Annual Salary, the below calculation is the performed including Base Salary + Post Adjustment:

Total annual salary: 64,000 + 42,048 = US$ 106,048

You can always use the calculator from The International Civil Service Commission (‘the Commission’) which maintains the Web Site to enhance public access to the Commission’s information.

Member States

Member States in the UN are found in the following link

Grades in the UN

Grades and their meaning in United Nations organization are found in the following link here