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Office Manager Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does an Office Manager make in Germany?


Average Monthly Salary
7,450 EUR
( 89,400 EUR yearly)

LOW
3,430
EUR
AVERAGE
7,450
EUR
HIGH
11,800
EUR

A person working as an Office Manager in Germany typically earns around 7,450 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,430 EUR (lowest) to 11,800 EUR (highest).

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

Office Manager Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Office Manager salaries in Germany range from 3,430 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 11,800 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,040 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Office Manager(s) are earning less than 8,040 EUR while the other half are earning more than 8,040 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 Office Manager(s) are earning less than 5,160 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,160 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Office Manager(s) are earning less than 10,700 EUR while 25% are earning more than 10,700 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

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

An Office Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,890 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,190 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 7,680 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, Office Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 9,360 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 10,200 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 11,000 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Office Manager average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
3,890 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
5,190 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
7,680 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
9,360 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
10,200 EUR
20+ Years+8%
11,000 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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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Office Manager is 4,770 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 5,610 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 8,140 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 10,700 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Office Manager average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
4,770 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
5,610 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
8,140 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
10,700 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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Office Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Office Manager
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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 Office Manager employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

Female
7,190 EUR
Male+7%
7,710 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Office Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Office Manager

Office Manager(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 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

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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Office Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Office Manager
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An Office Manager 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.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% 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
60%
No Bonus
40%

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 Office 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

Office Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

How are Office 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
6,440 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
6,680 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
6,930 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
7,180 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Office 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.

Office Manager Average Hourly Wage in Germany


43 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 43 EUR. This means that the average Office Manager in Germany earns approximately 43 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.

Office Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Office Manager and Administration / Reception / Secretarial monthly Germany
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The average salary for Office Manager is 4% more than that of Administration / Reception / Secretarial. Also, Administration / Reception / Secretarial salaries are 40% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accreditation Specialist10,200 EUR+37%
Administrative Aide4,550 EUR-39%
Administrative Analyst6,700 EUR-10%
Administrative Assistant5,970 EUR-20%
Administrative Associate5,610 EUR-25%
Administrative Manager7,110 EUR-5%
Administrative Receptionist5,430 EUR-27%
Board Secretary6,480 EUR-13%
Central Office Operator5,540 EUR-26%
Clerk4,650 EUR-38%
Commercial Administrator8,270 EUR+11%
Commissions Processor7,450 EUR+0%
Conveyancing Secretary6,460 EUR-13%
Document Controller5,450 EUR-27%
Document Management Specialist7,280 EUR-2%
Executive Assistant7,560 EUR+2%
Executive Personal Assistant8,870 EUR+19%
Executive Secretary7,540 EUR+1%
Front Desk Attendant6,500 EUR-13%
Front Desk Coordinator7,070 EUR-5%
Front Desk Manager8,730 EUR+17%
Group Services Manager11,700 EUR+57%
Head Receptionist7,720 EUR+4%
Key Account Assistant8,140 EUR+9%
Keyboard and Data Entry Operator4,040 EUR-46%
Leasing Administrator7,110 EUR-5%
Legal Secretary6,540 EUR-12%
Librarian6,740 EUR-10%
Mailroom Manager6,580 EUR-12%
Management Support Secretary7,120 EUR-4%
Master Programme Coordinator9,920 EUR+33%
Medical Receptionist6,900 EUR-7%
Meeting and Event Assistant7,890 EUR+6%
Meeting and Event Manager10,600 EUR+42%
Night Manager8,740 EUR+17%
Office Administrator8,880 EUR+19%
Office Assistant4,840 EUR-35%
Office Manager7,450 EUR+0%
Office Services Coordinator7,220 EUR-3%
Operations Analyst9,590 EUR+29%
Operations Manager11,600 EUR+56%
Personal Assistant7,350 EUR-1%
Planning Assistant6,920 EUR-7%
Process Expert8,990 EUR+21%
Program Coordinator7,740 EUR+4%
Programme Assistant7,400 EUR-1%
Project Administrator9,750 EUR+31%
Project Coordinator9,930 EUR+33%
Reception Team Lead9,260 EUR+24%
Receptionist6,230 EUR-16%
Records Officer5,360 EUR-28%
Schedule Officer5,330 EUR-28%
School Secretary5,900 EUR-21%
Secretary5,970 EUR-20%
Switchboard Operator4,790 EUR-36%
Technical Program Manager9,890 EUR+33%
Technical Project Manager10,100 EUR+36%
Typist4,750 EUR-36%
Wayleave Officer5,090 EUR-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin9,150 EUR
Bremen7,360 EUR
Dortmund7,370 EUR
Dresden7,470 EUR
Dusseldorf8,410 EUR
Essen7,880 EUR
Frankfurt8,540 EUR
Hamburg8,340 EUR
Hannover6,940 EUR
Koln8,480 EUR
Leipzig7,440 EUR
Munchen8,420 EUR
Nurnberg6,640 EUR
Stuttgart7,630 EUR
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