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Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a person working in Germany make?

Average Monthly Salary
11,900 EUR
( 142,000 EUR yearly)


A person working in Germany typically earns around 11,900 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,610 EUR (lowest) to 52,600 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Germany

Median and salary distribution monthly Germany

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Germany range between 1,610 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 52,600 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 12,300 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 12,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 12,300 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 6,280 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,280 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 35,100 EUR while 25% are earning more than 35,100 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

How are Germany salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Germany
Average Salary 2016
10,300 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
10,600 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
11,000 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
11,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant7,560 EUR
Accounting Assistant7,140 EUR
Accounting Manager15,300 EUR
Bookkeeper6,000 EUR
Chartered Accountant9,720 EUR
Corporate Treasurer19,800 EUR
Financial Analyst11,800 EUR
Financial Manager23,100 EUR
Internal Auditor12,200 EUR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant5,970 EUR
Office Manager7,450 EUR
Receptionist6,230 EUR
Secretary5,970 EUR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director10,500 EUR
Creative Director11,700 EUR
Graphic Designer7,980 EUR
Photographer7,540 EUR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer12,000 EUR
Air Traffic Controller10,900 EUR
Flight Attendant10,000 EUR
Pilot13,900 EUR

Architect10,400 EUR
CAD Drafter8,840 EUR

Mechanic5,830 EUR
Service Advisor9,290 EUR

Bank Branch Manager16,500 EUR
Teller7,310 EUR

Teacher8,750 EUR
Translator9,720 EUR

Business Planning
Business Analyst12,900 EUR
Business Development Manager17,300 EUR
Project Manager13,300 EUR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny7,230 EUR
Nursery Teacher7,770 EUR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer9,970 EUR
Construction Project Manager12,800 EUR
Health and Safety Officer7,150 EUR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative7,960 EUR
Customer Service Manager14,100 EUR
Customer Service Representative8,190 EUR

Civil Engineer10,100 EUR
Electrical Engineer11,400 EUR
Engineer10,100 EUR
Mechanical Engineer11,100 EUR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer25,000 EUR
Chief Financial Officer23,000 EUR
General Manager18,900 EUR
Project Manager12,200 EUR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef9,580 EUR
Executive Chef9,940 EUR
Hotel Manager16,000 EUR
Receptionist7,910 EUR
Travel Agent9,630 EUR
Waiter / Waitress6,980 EUR

Health and Medical
Dentist26,800 EUR
Dietitian25,700 EUR
Laboratory Technician8,550 EUR
Nurse9,060 EUR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager15,300 EUR
Human Resources Officer9,250 EUR

Information Technology
Computer Technician8,810 EUR
Database Administrator11,200 EUR
Developer / Programmer9,650 EUR
Information Technology Manager17,100 EUR
Network Engineer10,200 EUR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer8,690 EUR

Attorney16,300 EUR
Legal Assistant7,950 EUR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist10,700 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer9,560 EUR
Pharmacist12,500 EUR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier6,620 EUR
Sales Manager18,500 EUR
Sales Representative7,550 EUR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher7,960 EUR
Secondary School Teacher9,510 EUR

Average Hourly Wage in Germany

69 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 69 EUR. This means that the average person in Germany earns approximatly 69 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin13,500 EUR
Bremen11,700 EUR
Dortmund11,500 EUR
Dresden11,000 EUR
Dusseldorf12,400 EUR
Essen11,900 EUR
Frankfurt12,600 EUR
Hamburg13,300 EUR
Hannover10,800 EUR
Koln12,800 EUR
Leipzig11,300 EUR
Munchen13,100 EUR
Nurnberg10,600 EUR
Stuttgart12,200 EUR
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