A person working in Engineering in Germany typically earns around 10,600 EUR per month. Salaries range from 5,840 EUR (lowest average) to 14,000 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||10,600 EUR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||9,460 EUR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||11,300 EUR|
|Associate Engineer||9,730 EUR|
|Autocad Operator||8,570 EUR|
|Automation Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||9,600 EUR|
|Biochemical Engineer||10,900 EUR|
|BMS Engineer||10,300 EUR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||10,300 EUR|
|Broadcast Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|CAD Design Engineer||9,520 EUR|
|CAD Designer||8,550 EUR|
|CAE Engineer||9,570 EUR|
|Ceramics Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Civil Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Commissioning Engineer||10,000 EUR|
|Communications Engineer||11,300 EUR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||9,280 EUR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||10,300 EUR|
|Control Systems Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Controls Engineer||10,700 EUR|
|Controls Software Engineer||10,700 EUR|
|Corrosion Engineer||10,200 EUR|
|Design Engineer||10,700 EUR|
|Drafting Manager||11,500 EUR|
|Drilling Engineer||10,400 EUR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||6,780 EUR|
|Electrical Engineer||11,400 EUR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||13,000 EUR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||10,900 EUR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||10,200 EUR|
|Energy Engineer||11,600 EUR|
|Engine Assembler||7,320 EUR|
|Engineering Account Manager||10,000 EUR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||11,000 EUR|
|Engineering Consultant||11,400 EUR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||12,000 EUR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||9,320 EUR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||13,000 EUR|
|Engineering Production Manager||13,400 EUR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||11,000 EUR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||9,850 EUR|
|Engineering Project Director||12,300 EUR|
|Engineering Project Manager||12,200 EUR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||12,400 EUR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||9,410 EUR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||13,100 EUR|
|Engineering Technician||8,960 EUR|
|Engineering Technologist||9,560 EUR|
|Environmental Engineer||10,500 EUR|
|Equipment Engineer||9,450 EUR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||12,500 EUR|
|Fabrication Specialist||9,200 EUR|
|Facade Engineer||11,500 EUR|
|Fiber Analyst||8,660 EUR|
|Field Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Field Engineering Manager||13,000 EUR|
|Fire Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Fitter and Turner||5,640 EUR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||11,200 EUR|
|Generation Engineer||12,400 EUR|
|Genetic Engineer||13,300 EUR|
|Geological Engineer||12,100 EUR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||11,300 EUR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||8,130 EUR|
|Highway Engineer||9,090 EUR|
|HSE Professional||9,050 EUR|
|HVAC Engineer||11,000 EUR|
|HVAC Supervisor||10,100 EUR|
|Industrial Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||9,770 EUR|
|Instrument Engineer||11,500 EUR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||10,800 EUR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||10,800 EUR|
|Instrumentation Manager||13,200 EUR|
|Irrigation Engineer||9,930 EUR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||11,000 EUR|
|Locomotive Engineer||10,500 EUR|
|Maintenance Engineer||9,600 EUR|
|Maintenance Fitter||6,730 EUR|
|Maintenance Manager||11,800 EUR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||10,800 EUR|
|Marine Engineer||9,910 EUR|
|Materials Engineer||10,200 EUR|
|Materials Researcher||11,400 EUR|
|Materials Technician||10,100 EUR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||11,600 EUR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||10,900 EUR|
|Mechanical Designer||9,310 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||12,700 EUR|
|Mechanical Inspector||10,500 EUR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||9,760 EUR|
|Mining Engineer||9,250 EUR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||12,200 EUR|
|Optical Engineer||9,230 EUR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||8,980 EUR|
|PCB Assembler||7,030 EUR|
|Photonics Engineer||11,300 EUR|
|Photonics Technician||9,010 EUR|
|Pipeline Engineer||9,430 EUR|
|Piping Designer||9,060 EUR|
|Piping Engineer||10,000 EUR|
|Planning Engineer||10,200 EUR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||6,750 EUR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Principal Engineer||11,300 EUR|
|Principal Support Engineer||9,730 EUR|
|Process Engineer||10,400 EUR|
|Process Operator||8,960 EUR|
|Product Development Engineer||11,200 EUR|
|Product Development Technician||8,860 EUR|
|Product Engineer||9,840 EUR|
|Product Safety Engineer||10,500 EUR|
|Production Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Project Engineer||10,300 EUR|
|Proposal Manager||12,600 EUR|
|Purchasing Engineer||10,600 EUR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||9,460 EUR|
|Rail Engineer||10,300 EUR|
|Robotics Engineer||11,600 EUR|
|Robotics Technician||10,400 EUR|
|Safety Engineer||9,930 EUR|
|Safety Inspector||9,050 EUR|
|Safety Manager||11,700 EUR|
|Safety Officer||8,780 EUR|
|Sales Engineer||10,000 EUR|
|Scheduling Engineer||9,160 EUR|
|Service Engineer||11,500 EUR|
|Solar Engineer||11,100 EUR|
|Staff Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Stationary Engineer||9,230 EUR|
|Stress Engineer||9,960 EUR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||10,800 EUR|
|Structural Designer||8,970 EUR|
|Structural Engineer||10,700 EUR|
|Structural Technician||8,710 EUR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||10,900 EUR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||8,120 EUR|
|Technical Assistant||8,760 EUR|
|Technical Engineer||9,240 EUR|
|Technical Support Engineer||9,430 EUR|
|Tender Engineer||8,960 EUR|
|Test Development Engineer||9,740 EUR|
|Transportation Engineer||10,500 EUR|
|Validation Engineer||9,760 EUR|
|Verification Engineer||10,100 EUR|
|Wastewater Engineer||9,900 EUR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||10,700 EUR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||12,100 EUR|
|Work Planner||8,170 EUR|
Engineering salaries in Germany range from 5,840 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 14,000 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 11,400 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 11,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 11,400 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 7,760 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,760 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 13,700 EUR while 25% are earning more than 13,700 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 the wage.
Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.
Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.
As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.
Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.
It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.
Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.
Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.
Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.
Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.
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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then 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 employees earn 7% more than their female counterparts.
Engineering professionals in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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.
Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.
41% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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 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%|
Engineering salaries in Germany are rising 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 Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.