A person working as a Project Manager in Germany typically earns around 13,300 EUR per month. Salaries range from 6,130 EUR (lowest) to 21,200 EUR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Project Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Project Manager salaries in Germany range from 6,130 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 21,200 EUR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 14,400 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 14,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 14,400 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 9,230 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 9,230 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 19,200 EUR while 25% are earning more than 19,200 EUR.
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 plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 6,960 EUR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,290 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 13,700 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 16,700 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 18,300 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 19,800 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 8,540 EUR per month.
While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 10,000 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.
A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 14,600 EUR per month, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.
Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 19,100 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.
|Certificate or Diploma||+18%|
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Germany costs anywhere from 59,400 Euro(s) to 178,000 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.
You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.
Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Project Manager employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.
Project Manager(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.
The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.
The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.
A Project Manager is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.
13% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 87% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.
The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.Company Performance Bonuses
Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.Goal-Based Bonuses
Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.Holiday / End of Year Bonuses
These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.
People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting Cast|
Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.
Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.
Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.
Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Project Manager employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Project Manager 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 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.
The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked 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 the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.
The average salary for Project Manager is 1% less than that of Business Planning. Also, Business Planning salaries are 13% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Assistant Business Development Manager||12,400 EUR||-7%|
|Assistant Merchandise Planner||11,600 EUR||-13%|
|Business Advisor||13,200 EUR||-1%|
|Business Analyst||12,900 EUR||-3%|
|Business Consultant||14,300 EUR||+7%|
|Business Continuity Associate||12,200 EUR||-8%|
|Business Development Associate||11,500 EUR||-14%|
|Business Development Coordinator||10,600 EUR||-20%|
|Business Development Manager||17,300 EUR||+30%|
|Business Development Specialist||12,900 EUR||-3%|
|Business Operations Specialist||13,000 EUR||-2%|
|Business Process Writer||11,200 EUR||-16%|
|Capacity Planner||12,100 EUR||-9%|
|Capacity Planning Supervisor||13,000 EUR||-2%|
|Change Communications Analyst||13,400 EUR||+1%|
|Change Control Analyst||13,400 EUR||+1%|
|Contracts Executive||13,900 EUR||+4%|
|Corporate Strategy Analyst||13,500 EUR||+1%|
|Cost Control Engineer||11,900 EUR||-11%|
|Cost Estimator||10,100 EUR||-24%|
|Data Executive||10,800 EUR||-19%|
|Development Researcher||10,900 EUR||-18%|
|Due Diligence Analyst||14,900 EUR||+12%|
|Estimating Manager||14,600 EUR||+10%|
|General Manager||16,600 EUR||+25%|
|Incident Handler||12,500 EUR||-6%|
|Incident Specialist||12,800 EUR||-4%|
|Lean Consultant||11,500 EUR||-14%|
|Materials Planner||9,640 EUR||-28%|
|Merchandise Controller||9,190 EUR||-31%|
|Merchandise Planner||9,170 EUR||-31%|
|Operations Analyst||10,300 EUR||-23%|
|Operations Research Analyst||11,300 EUR||-15%|
|Planning and Reporting Manager||13,300 EUR||-0%|
|Planning Director||18,400 EUR||+38%|
|Project Administrator||11,500 EUR||-14%|
|Project Manager||13,300 EUR||-0%|
|Project Planner||11,600 EUR||-13%|
|Research Assistant||11,100 EUR||-17%|
|Research Engineer||11,400 EUR||-14%|
|Research Officer||10,300 EUR||-23%|
|Risk Management Specialist||13,100 EUR||-2%|
|Scholarship Coordinator||9,940 EUR||-25%|
|Store Planner||11,700 EUR||-12%|
|Strategy Director||19,800 EUR||+49%|
|Top Research and Development Executive||20,800 EUR||+56%|