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Engineer Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Germany?


Average Monthly Salary
10,100 EUR
( 121,000 EUR yearly)

LOW
4,650
EUR
AVERAGE
10,100
EUR
HIGH
16,100
EUR

A person working as an Engineer in Germany typically earns around 10,100 EUR per month. Salaries range from 4,650 EUR (lowest) to 16,100 EUR (highest).

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

Engineer Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Germany range from 4,650 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 16,100 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,900 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 10,900 EUR while the other half are earning more than 10,900 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 7,010 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,010 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 14,600 EUR while 25% are earning more than 14,600 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,280 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,050 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 10,400 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, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 12,700 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 13,800 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 15,000 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Engineer average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
5,280 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
7,050 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
10,400 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
12,700 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
13,800 EUR
20+ Years+8%
15,000 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 6,140 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 11,800 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Engineer average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
6,140 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
11,800 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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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

Female
9,750 EUR
Male+7%
10,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Engineer

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

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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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

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

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

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Average Salary 2016
8,740 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
9,070 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
9,400 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
9,750 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer 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.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Germany


58 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 58 EUR. This means that the average Engineer in Germany earns approximately 58 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering monthly Germany
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The average salary for Engineer is 4% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assembly Engineering Technician9,460 EUR-6%
Assistant Chief Engineer11,300 EUR+12%
Associate Engineer9,730 EUR-4%
Autocad Operator8,570 EUR-15%
Automation Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Avionic System Support Engineer9,600 EUR-5%
Biochemical Engineer10,900 EUR+8%
BMS Engineer10,300 EUR+2%
Bridge and Lock Tender10,300 EUR+2%
Broadcast Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
CAD Design Engineer9,520 EUR-6%
CAD Designer8,550 EUR-15%
CAE Engineer9,570 EUR-5%
Ceramics Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Civil Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Commissioning Engineer10,000 EUR-1%
Communications Engineer11,300 EUR+12%
Condition Monitoring Engineer9,280 EUR-8%
Contract Associate Engineer10,300 EUR+2%
Control Systems Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Controls Engineer10,700 EUR+6%
Controls Software Engineer10,700 EUR+6%
Corrosion Engineer10,200 EUR+1%
Design Engineer10,700 EUR+6%
Drafter7,800 EUR-23%
Drafting Manager11,500 EUR+14%
Drilling Engineer10,400 EUR+3%
Electrical Draughtsman6,780 EUR-33%
Electrical Engineer11,400 EUR+13%
Electrical Engineering Manager13,000 EUR+29%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist10,900 EUR+8%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler10,200 EUR+1%
Energy Engineer11,600 EUR+15%
Engine Assembler7,320 EUR-28%
Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Engineering Account Manager10,000 EUR-1%
Engineering Chief Designer11,000 EUR+9%
Engineering Consultant11,400 EUR+13%
Engineering Key Account Manager12,000 EUR+19%
Engineering Lab Technician9,320 EUR-8%
Engineering Planning Manager13,000 EUR+29%
Engineering Production Manager13,400 EUR+33%
Engineering Project Analyst11,000 EUR+9%
Engineering Project Coordinator 9,850 EUR-3%
Engineering Project Director12,300 EUR+22%
Engineering Project Manager12,200 EUR+21%
Engineering Research and Development Manager12,400 EUR+23%
Engineering Safety Coordinator9,410 EUR-7%
Engineering Sales Manager13,100 EUR+30%
Engineering Technician8,960 EUR-11%
Engineering Technologist9,560 EUR-5%
Environmental Engineer10,500 EUR+4%
Equipment Engineer9,450 EUR-7%
Equipment Engineering Manager12,500 EUR+24%
Estimator9,960 EUR-1%
Fabrication Specialist9,200 EUR-9%
Fabricator7,860 EUR-22%
Facade Engineer11,500 EUR+14%
Fiber Analyst8,660 EUR-14%
Field Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Field Engineering Manager13,000 EUR+29%
Fire Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Fitter and Turner5,640 EUR-44%
Forestry Strategic Planner11,200 EUR+11%
Generation Engineer12,400 EUR+23%
Genetic Engineer13,300 EUR+32%
Geological Engineer12,100 EUR+20%
Geotechnical Engineer11,300 EUR+12%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic8,130 EUR-20%
Highway Engineer9,090 EUR-10%
HSE Professional9,050 EUR-10%
HVAC Engineer11,000 EUR+9%
HVAC Supervisor10,100 EUR-0%
Industrial Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Industrial Engineering Technologist9,770 EUR-3%
Instrument Engineer11,500 EUR+14%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer10,800 EUR+7%
Instrumentation Engineer10,800 EUR+7%
Instrumentation Manager13,200 EUR+31%
Irrigation Engineer9,930 EUR-2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer11,000 EUR+9%
Locomotive Engineer10,500 EUR+4%
Maintenance Engineer9,600 EUR-5%
Maintenance Fitter6,730 EUR-33%
Maintenance Manager11,800 EUR+17%
Manufacturing Engineer10,800 EUR+7%
Marine Engineer9,910 EUR-2%
Materials Engineer10,200 EUR+1%
Materials Researcher11,400 EUR+13%
Materials Technician10,100 EUR-0%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer11,600 EUR+15%
Mechanical Design Engineer10,900 EUR+8%
Mechanical Designer9,310 EUR-8%
Mechanical Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Mechanical Engineering Manager12,700 EUR+26%
Mechanical Inspector10,500 EUR+4%
Mechatronics Engineer9,760 EUR-3%
Mining Engineer9,250 EUR-8%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer12,200 EUR+21%
Optical Engineer9,230 EUR-9%
Optical Instrument Assembler8,980 EUR-11%
PCB Assembler7,030 EUR-30%
Photonics Engineer11,300 EUR+12%
Photonics Technician9,010 EUR-11%
Pipeline Engineer9,430 EUR-7%
Piping Designer9,060 EUR-10%
Piping Engineer10,000 EUR-1%
Planning Engineer10,200 EUR+1%
Pressure Vessel Inspector6,750 EUR-33%
Principal Cost Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Principal Engineer11,300 EUR+12%
Principal Support Engineer9,730 EUR-4%
Process Engineer10,400 EUR+3%
Process Operator8,960 EUR-11%
Product Development Engineer11,200 EUR+11%
Product Development Technician8,860 EUR-12%
Product Engineer9,840 EUR-3%
Product Safety Engineer10,500 EUR+4%
Production Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Project Engineer10,300 EUR+2%
Proposal Manager12,600 EUR+25%
Purchasing Engineer10,600 EUR+5%
Quality Assurance Engineer9,460 EUR-6%
Rail Engineer10,300 EUR+2%
Robotics Engineer11,600 EUR+15%
Robotics Technician10,400 EUR+3%
Safety Engineer9,930 EUR-2%
Safety Inspector9,050 EUR-10%
Safety Manager11,700 EUR+16%
Safety Officer8,780 EUR-13%
Sales Engineer10,000 EUR-1%
Scheduling Engineer9,160 EUR-9%
Service Engineer11,500 EUR+14%
Solar Engineer11,100 EUR+10%
Staff Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Static Equipment Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Stationary Engineer9,230 EUR-9%
Stress Engineer9,960 EUR-1%
Structural Analysis Engineer10,800 EUR+7%
Structural Designer8,970 EUR-11%
Structural Engineer10,700 EUR+6%
Structural Technician8,710 EUR-14%
Supply Chain Specialist10,900 EUR+8%
Surveyor8,150 EUR-19%
Technical Affairs Officer8,120 EUR-20%
Technical Assistant8,760 EUR-13%
Technical Engineer9,240 EUR-9%
Technical Support Engineer9,430 EUR-7%
Tender Engineer8,960 EUR-11%
Test Development Engineer9,740 EUR-4%
Transportation Engineer10,500 EUR+4%
Validation Engineer9,760 EUR-3%
Verification Engineer10,100 EUR-0%
Wastewater Engineer9,900 EUR-2%
Wind Energy Engineer10,700 EUR+6%
Wind Energy Operations Manager12,100 EUR+20%
Work Planner8,170 EUR-19%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin12,000 EUR
Bremen9,790 EUR
Dortmund9,750 EUR
Dresden9,030 EUR
Dusseldorf10,800 EUR
Essen9,760 EUR
Frankfurt10,500 EUR
Hamburg11,300 EUR
Hannover9,550 EUR
Koln11,200 EUR
Leipzig9,600 EUR
Munchen10,700 EUR
Nurnberg9,180 EUR
Stuttgart10,800 EUR
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