UN salary schedules: A primer

The United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo by: Tomas Fano / CC BY-SA

When it comes to salaries, the United Nations is as transparent as they come. It has in fact a dedicated website for information on the pay and perks of its employees in all duty stations around the globe.

As we’ve reported, the United Nations pays its people well. For professional staff, the remuneration is on par with what employees from the highest-paying civil service receive, and according to the United Nations, today that is the U.S. federal government. For local hires, compensation is based on the best prevailing rates for similar work where they are posted. Read UN salaries: What you need to know to learn more.

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  • Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.