Working conditions


Permanent or temporary according to the Cargolux Collective Working Agreement


Monthly based roster with minimum 12 days off in 2 blocks 7 fixed consecutive days off 5 fixed consecutive days off (6 rosters per year) 5 consecutive days off that can changed for operational reasons subject to notification and compensation rules. (6 rosters per year)


Average 1 – 7 day rotations short, medium and long-haul operations, all cargo operations, scheduled and ACMI, 1 iconic fleet type: Boeing 747-8F/ Boeing 747-400F highly varied operations and global operations

Monthly basic salary gross

Competitive salary package – entry salary based on previous experience, as Senior First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 7,175€ (index 944.43) , as First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 6,601€ (index 944.43) , as Junior First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 6,090€ (index 944.43)

Additional Pay

Yearly increase in accordance to the Cargolux CWA per diem, Sunday, night time and overtime supplements full 13th month paid as of the 2nd year, 1st year 25%


42 vacation days – accumulative to the Off Day scheme

Additional benefits

Supplementary pension scheme

Several types of insurance for life, accident and disability

World-wide medical & accident coverage with repatriation scheme

Profit sharing plan

Loss of license insurance

Staff travel benefits for employee and his/her immediate family

Medical certificate, required license and endorsements renewals

Seniority bonus

Various part-time schemes, including 2 to 4 extra days off per month or up to 5 rosters off per year.

Social security

Pilots operating for Cargolux Airlines International S.A. are affiliated to the Luxembourg social security system according to European regulations. Luxembourg's social security system is made up to cover and provide income security in the following fields: retirement pension, maternity and parental leave, occupational accident, disability, survivor's insurance, long-term care insurance and early retirement pension. It also provides social and family benefits. Despite unmatched social benefits, the deductions from the gross salary are among the lowest in the EU at about 11% withholdings.

Health care

Luxembourg's healthcare system is one of the best in Europe. The state provided healthcare system covers affiliated individuals (resident and non-resident employees) with medical coverage in case of sickness, work-related accidents or illness, maternity, disability and dependency for medical costs and loss of remuneration. Immediate family members (i.e. spouse and dependents) could also benefit from social security coverage if not themselves affiliated. For further information, please visit

Employees who have been affiliated at least 12 months in Luxembourg (and at least 10 years within the EU) may benefit at the legal retirement age from the Luxembourg pension allowance according to the time of affiliation in Luxembourg. The benefits of the Luxembourg state pension system typically exceed those of most European countries.
Child & Family allowance

The standard of child and family allowances in Luxembourg is one of the highest within the EU. As a Cargolux employee, you are entitled to social benefits if you are EU/EFTA resident.

Since 1st October 2021, the basic monthly amount of the child benefits is currently EUR 299.86. (Amount valid from 01.09.2023 -Index 944,43).  If you or the other parent already receive child allowance from another EU country, the Luxembourg government could pay a differential supplement subject to the current regulation. More info about family allowance here

Taxes in Luxembourg are relatively low compared to the other European countries. Additionally, some supplements are exempt from tax in Luxembourg. Taxation depends on the country of residence and the application of a bilateral tax agreement between Luxembourg and your country of residence.

During the initial training period (approx. 2 months) the gross monthly salary is 4,446 € (index 944.43).

As per Luxembourg law, salaries are adjusted in line with the evolution of the cost of living (Indexation): If the consumer price index increases by 2.5 % during the previous semester, salaries are normally adjusted by the same proportion.