Many United Nations employees will tell you the pay is good. Field staff in particular tends to accumulate savings.
According to James Luko, who spent 12 years with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Croatia, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, most U.N. workers are exempt from paying their home country taxes.
“If you work in the field, there isn’t much to spend your money on, so people can really save their money,” he said.
As an international civil service, salaries at the U.N. are fairly standard across the family of agencies. They only differ depending on the employee category.