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Business Development Manager Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Business Development Manager make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
17,300 EUR
( 208,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Business Development Manager in Germany typically earns around 17,300 EUR per month. Salaries range from 7,970 EUR (lowest) to 27,500 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Business Development Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Business Development Manager Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Business Development Manager salaries in Germany range from 7,970 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 27,500 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 18,700 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Business Development Manager(s) are earning less than 18,700 EUR while the other half are earning more than 18,700 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 Business Development Manager(s) are earning less than 12,000 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 12,000 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Business Development Manager(s) are earning less than 25,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 25,000 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 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

Business Development Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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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 Business Development Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Business Development Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 9,050 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 12,100 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 17,900 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Business Development Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 21,800 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 23,700 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 25,700 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Business Development Manager average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
9,050 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
12,100 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
17,900 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
21,800 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
23,700 EUR
20+ Years+8%
25,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Business Development Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Business Development Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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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 Business Development Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Business Development Manager is 11,100 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 13,100 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 18,900 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 24,800 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Business Development Manager average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
11,100 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
13,100 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
18,900 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
24,800 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

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.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Business Development Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Business Development Manager employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

16,700 EUR
17,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Business Development Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

How much are annual salary increments in Germany for Business Development Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Germany / All Professions

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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.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

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

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Germany is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Business Development Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Business Development Manager
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A Business Development 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.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

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.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

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.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting 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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

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.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Business Development Manager employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
11,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
12,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Business Development Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

How are Business Development Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
15,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
15,500 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
16,100 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
16,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Business Development 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.

Business Development Manager Average Hourly Wage in Germany

100 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 100 EUR. This means that the average Business Development Manager in Germany earns approximately 100 EUR for every worked hour.

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

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.

Business Development Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Business Development Manager and Business Planning monthly Germany
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The average salary for Business Development Manager is 29% more than that of Business Planning. Also, Business Planning salaries are 13% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Business Development Manager12,400 EUR-28%
Assistant Merchandise Planner11,600 EUR-33%
Business Advisor13,200 EUR-24%
Business Analyst12,900 EUR-26%
Business Consultant14,300 EUR-17%
Business Continuity Associate12,200 EUR-30%
Business Development Associate11,500 EUR-34%
Business Development Coordinator10,600 EUR-39%
Business Development Manager17,300 EUR-0%
Business Development Specialist12,900 EUR-26%
Business Operations Specialist13,000 EUR-25%
Business Process Writer11,200 EUR-35%
Capacity Planner12,100 EUR-30%
Capacity Planning Supervisor13,000 EUR-25%
Change Communications Analyst13,400 EUR-23%
Change Control Analyst13,400 EUR-23%
Contracts Executive13,900 EUR-20%
Corporate Strategy Analyst13,500 EUR-22%
Cost Control Engineer11,900 EUR-31%
Cost Estimator10,100 EUR-42%
Data Executive10,800 EUR-38%
Development Researcher10,900 EUR-37%
Due Diligence Analyst14,900 EUR-14%
Estimating Manager14,600 EUR-16%
General Manager16,600 EUR-4%
Incident Handler12,500 EUR-28%
Incident Specialist12,800 EUR-26%
Lean Consultant11,500 EUR-34%
Manager18,900 EUR+9%
Materials Planner9,640 EUR-44%
Merchandise Controller9,190 EUR-47%
Merchandise Planner9,170 EUR-47%
Operations Analyst10,300 EUR-41%
Operations Research Analyst11,300 EUR-35%
Planning and Reporting Manager13,300 EUR-23%
Planning Director18,400 EUR+6%
Project Administrator11,500 EUR-34%
Project Manager13,300 EUR-23%
Project Planner11,600 EUR-33%
Research Assistant11,100 EUR-36%
Research Engineer11,400 EUR-34%
Research Officer10,300 EUR-41%
Risk Management Specialist13,100 EUR-24%
Scholarship Coordinator9,940 EUR-43%
Store Planner11,700 EUR-32%
Strategy Director19,800 EUR+14%
Top Research and Development Executive20,800 EUR+20%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin18,800 EUR
Bremen16,800 EUR
Dortmund15,700 EUR
Dresden15,000 EUR
Dusseldorf17,000 EUR
Essen17,200 EUR
Frankfurt17,400 EUR
Hamburg19,400 EUR
Hannover14,700 EUR
Koln18,700 EUR
Leipzig16,100 EUR
Munchen18,100 EUR
Nurnberg15,100 EUR
Stuttgart17,600 EUR
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