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Electrical Engineer Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does an Electrical Engineer make in Germany?


Average Monthly Salary
3,680 EUR
( 44,100 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,690
EUR
AVERAGE
3,680
EUR
HIGH
5,850
EUR

A person working as an Electrical Engineer in Germany typically earns around 3,680 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,690 EUR (lowest) to 5,850 EUR (highest).

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

Electrical Engineer Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Electrical Engineer salaries in Germany range from 1,690 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,850 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,970 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,970 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,970 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 Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,550 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,550 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 5,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,300 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

Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Electrical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,920 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,570 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 3,790 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, Electrical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,620 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 5,040 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 5,450 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Electrical Engineer average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
1,920 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,570 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,790 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,620 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,040 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,450 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Electrical Engineer(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 Electrical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Electrical Engineer is 2,230 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 4,310 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Electrical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
2,230 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
4,310 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 19,100 Euro(s) to 57,200 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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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Electrical Engineer
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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 Electrical Engineer employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
3,550 EUR
Male+7%
3,810 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Electrical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

How much are annual salary increments in Germany for Electrical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 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

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

Banking
9%
Energy
9%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
9%
Travel
9%
Construction
9%
Education
9%

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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Electrical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Electrical Engineer
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An Electrical Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% 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.

Received Bonus
61%
No Bonus
39%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
3,730 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Germany


21 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 21 EUR. This means that the average Electrical Engineer in Germany earns approximately 21 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.

Electrical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Electrical Engineer and Engineering monthly Germany
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The average salary for Electrical Engineer is 14% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

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Associate Engineer2,860 EUR-22%
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Automation Engineer3,430 EUR-7%
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BMS Engineer2,900 EUR-21%
Bridge and Lock Tender1,830 EUR-50%
Broadcast Engineer3,080 EUR-16%
CAD Design Engineer3,220 EUR-12%
CAD Designer2,120 EUR-42%
CAE Engineer3,080 EUR-16%
Ceramics Engineer2,980 EUR-19%
Civil Engineer3,310 EUR-10%
Commissioning Engineer3,110 EUR-15%
Communications Engineer3,680 EUR+0%
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,870 EUR-22%
Contract Associate Engineer2,960 EUR-20%
Control Systems Engineer3,040 EUR-17%
Controls Engineer3,200 EUR-13%
Controls Software Engineer2,950 EUR-20%
Corrosion Engineer3,100 EUR-16%
Design Engineer3,220 EUR-12%
Drafter2,080 EUR-43%
Drafting Manager3,740 EUR+2%
Drilling Engineer3,310 EUR-10%
Electrical Draughtsman1,720 EUR-53%
Electrical Engineer3,680 EUR+0%
Electrical Engineering Manager4,720 EUR+28%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist3,350 EUR-9%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,770 EUR-52%
Energy Engineer3,400 EUR-8%
Engine Assembler1,450 EUR-61%
Engineer3,410 EUR-7%
Engineering Account Manager3,760 EUR+2%
Engineering Chief Designer3,810 EUR+4%
Engineering Consultant4,210 EUR+14%
Engineering Key Account Manager4,710 EUR+28%
Engineering Lab Technician3,120 EUR-15%
Engineering Planning Manager4,620 EUR+26%
Engineering Production Manager5,990 EUR+63%
Engineering Project Analyst3,620 EUR-2%
Engineering Project Coordinator 3,690 EUR+0%
Engineering Project Director6,310 EUR+72%
Engineering Project Manager4,370 EUR+19%
Engineering Research and Development Manager5,190 EUR+41%
Engineering Safety Coordinator2,630 EUR-29%
Engineering Sales Manager4,570 EUR+24%
Engineering Technician2,420 EUR-34%
Engineering Technologist2,590 EUR-30%
Environmental Engineer3,100 EUR-16%
Equipment Engineer2,830 EUR-23%
Equipment Engineering Manager4,440 EUR+21%
Estimator2,780 EUR-24%
Fabrication Specialist2,420 EUR-34%
Fabricator1,530 EUR-58%
Facade Engineer3,260 EUR-11%
Fiber Analyst1,910 EUR-48%
Field Engineer3,430 EUR-7%
Field Engineering Manager5,480 EUR+49%
Fire Engineer3,320 EUR-10%
Fitter and Turner1,040 EUR-72%
Forestry Strategic Planner3,620 EUR-2%
Generation Engineer3,390 EUR-8%
Genetic Engineer3,720 EUR+1%
Geological Engineer3,410 EUR-7%
Geotechnical Engineer3,390 EUR-8%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,710 EUR-54%
Highway Engineer3,110 EUR-15%
HSE Professional2,970 EUR-19%
HVAC Engineer3,600 EUR-2%
HVAC Supervisor2,950 EUR-20%
Industrial Engineer3,200 EUR-13%
Industrial Engineering Technologist3,090 EUR-16%
Instrument Engineer3,220 EUR-12%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer3,140 EUR-15%
Instrumentation Engineer3,140 EUR-15%
Instrumentation Manager3,340 EUR-9%
Irrigation Engineer3,170 EUR-14%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer3,600 EUR-2%
Locomotive Engineer3,280 EUR-11%
Maintenance Engineer3,000 EUR-18%
Maintenance Fitter1,140 EUR-69%
Maintenance Manager3,130 EUR-15%
Manufacturing Engineer3,020 EUR-18%
Marine Engineer3,420 EUR-7%
Materials Engineer3,270 EUR-11%
Materials Researcher3,090 EUR-16%
Materials Technician2,400 EUR-35%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer3,570 EUR-3%
Mechanical Design Engineer3,410 EUR-7%
Mechanical Designer2,710 EUR-26%
Mechanical Engineer3,490 EUR-5%
Mechanical Engineering Manager4,510 EUR+23%
Mechanical Inspector3,140 EUR-15%
Mechatronics Engineer3,410 EUR-7%
Mining Engineer3,160 EUR-14%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer3,720 EUR+1%
Optical Engineer3,030 EUR-18%
Optical Instrument Assembler1,710 EUR-54%
PCB Assembler1,130 EUR-69%
Photonics Engineer3,560 EUR-3%
Photonics Technician2,850 EUR-23%
Pipeline Engineer2,820 EUR-23%
Piping Designer1,820 EUR-51%
Piping Engineer3,010 EUR-18%
Planning Engineer3,390 EUR-8%
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,530 EUR-58%
Principal Cost Engineer3,220 EUR-12%
Principal Engineer3,300 EUR-10%
Principal Support Engineer3,240 EUR-12%
Process Engineer3,310 EUR-10%
Process Operator1,960 EUR-47%
Product Development Engineer3,420 EUR-7%
Product Development Technician2,310 EUR-37%
Product Engineer3,360 EUR-9%
Product Safety Engineer3,210 EUR-13%
Production Engineer3,340 EUR-9%
Project Engineer3,340 EUR-9%
Proposal Manager4,410 EUR+20%
Purchasing Engineer3,120 EUR-15%
Quality Assurance Engineer3,070 EUR-17%
Rail Engineer3,390 EUR-8%
Robotics Engineer3,560 EUR-3%
Robotics Technician2,800 EUR-24%
Safety Engineer3,300 EUR-10%
Safety Inspector2,490 EUR-32%
Safety Manager3,970 EUR+8%
Safety Officer1,710 EUR-54%
Sales Engineer3,510 EUR-5%
Scheduling Engineer3,050 EUR-17%
Service Engineer3,500 EUR-5%
Solar Engineer3,520 EUR-4%
Staff Engineer3,270 EUR-11%
Static Equipment Engineer3,310 EUR-10%
Stationary Engineer2,860 EUR-22%
Stress Engineer3,170 EUR-14%
Structural Analysis Engineer3,290 EUR-11%
Structural Designer2,790 EUR-24%
Structural Engineer3,230 EUR-12%
Structural Technician2,070 EUR-44%
Supply Chain Specialist3,060 EUR-17%
Surveyor2,560 EUR-30%
Technical Affairs Officer1,600 EUR-57%
Technical Assistant1,670 EUR-55%
Technical Engineer2,810 EUR-24%
Technical Support Engineer2,870 EUR-22%
Tender Engineer2,790 EUR-24%
Test Development Engineer3,090 EUR-16%
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Validation Engineer2,870 EUR-22%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,950 EUR
Bremen3,510 EUR
Dortmund3,510 EUR
Dresden3,220 EUR
Dusseldorf3,870 EUR
Essen3,510 EUR
Frankfurt3,810 EUR
Hamburg4,120 EUR
Hannover3,090 EUR
Koln4,040 EUR
Leipzig3,420 EUR
Munchen3,890 EUR
Nurnberg3,260 EUR
Stuttgart3,520 EUR
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