How salaries compare at the big multilateral development banks

The World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Global and regional multilateral development banks are among the biggest employers in the sector — recruiting both internationally and locally to fill hundreds of positions each year. While the individual banks utilize different grading systems, their clear corporate structure makes it easier to see career pathways — for example, from junior professional to officer to department head.

For those just starting their career, most development banks provide junior or young professionals programs. The New Development Bank, for example, categorizes its young and junior professionals by two grades — with a starting salary of $60,180 (grade 4) — and The Asian Development Bank Institute offers a minimum salary of $84,200 through its junior/young professional program. Among other requirements, these programs generally look for nationals of the banks’ member countries, of a certain age, with two or three years of relevant professional experience, and a master’s or equivalent degree.  

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.