A person working in Human Resources in Germany typically earns around 3,600 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,530 EUR (lowest average) to 6,240 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 Human Resources careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Benefits Administrator||2,420 EUR|
|Benefits Analyst||2,840 EUR|
|Benefits Manager||4,710 EUR|
|Chief People Officer||6,230 EUR|
|Compensation Analyst||2,740 EUR|
|Compensation and Benefits Manager||4,740 EUR|
|Compensation and Benefits Officer||1,900 EUR|
|Compensation Manager||5,010 EUR|
|Corporate Director of Human Resources||5,790 EUR|
|Corporate Trainer||2,940 EUR|
|Employee Benefits Administrator||3,410 EUR|
|Employee Communications Manager||4,160 EUR|
|Employee Development Specialist||3,900 EUR|
|Employee Engagement Specialist||4,010 EUR|
|Employee Health and Wellness Administrator||3,700 EUR|
|Employee Performance Specialist||2,860 EUR|
|Employee Relations Manager||3,930 EUR|
|Employee Relations Practitioner||4,150 EUR|
|Employee Services Manager||4,260 EUR|
|Employment Advice Worker||1,800 EUR|
|Employment Interviewer||2,830 EUR|
|Employment Service Specialist||2,280 EUR|
|Employment Services Coordinator||2,700 EUR|
|Enrollment Counselor||3,810 EUR|
|Equal Opportunity Representative||2,980 EUR|
|Executive Human Capital Management||6,160 EUR|
|Executive Recruiter||4,010 EUR|
|Expatriate Administration Manager||3,950 EUR|
|Expatriate Administration Supervisor||2,630 EUR|
|Global Mobility Manager||4,950 EUR|
|Health Benefits Coordinator||2,440 EUR|
|HRIS Analyst||2,080 EUR|
|HRIS Manager||3,630 EUR|
|HRIS Supervisor||2,050 EUR|
|Human Resources Administration Specialist||2,280 EUR|
|Human Resources Administrator||2,440 EUR|
|Human Resources Advisor||4,100 EUR|
|Human Resources Analyst||3,510 EUR|
|Human Resources Assessor||2,220 EUR|
|Human Resources Assistant Manager||4,400 EUR|
|Human Resources Associate||1,590 EUR|
|Human Resources Consultant||4,620 EUR|
|Human Resources Data Analytics Manager||3,310 EUR|
|Human Resources Generalist||3,080 EUR|
|Human Resources Manager||5,400 EUR|
|Human Resources Officer||2,210 EUR|
|Human Resources Representative||2,170 EUR|
|Human Resources Section Head||3,590 EUR|
|Human Resources Superintendent||2,110 EUR|
|Human Resources Training Executive||3,950 EUR|
|Industrial Organizational Psychologist||5,240 EUR|
|Job Evaluation Specialist||3,780 EUR|
|Labor Relations Director||4,420 EUR|
|Labor Relations Manager||4,790 EUR|
|Labor Relations Specialist||2,220 EUR|
|Learning and Development Manager||4,870 EUR|
|Occupational Health and Safety Officer||2,040 EUR|
|Organizational Development Consultant||4,590 EUR|
|Organizational Development Manager||4,970 EUR|
|Organizational Development Specialist||2,430 EUR|
|Payroll Assistant||1,910 EUR|
|Payroll Supervisor||2,280 EUR|
|People Development Officer||3,020 EUR|
|Personnel Officer||1,720 EUR|
|Records Clerk||1,440 EUR|
|Records Manager||2,540 EUR|
|Recruiting Coordinator||2,070 EUR|
|Recruiting Manager||5,550 EUR|
|Recruitment Consultant||4,020 EUR|
|Recruitment Officer||2,170 EUR|
|Recruitment Supervisor||3,310 EUR|
|Research Associate||1,790 EUR|
|SAP Resource Manager||4,130 EUR|
|Talent Acquisition Specialist||3,060 EUR|
|Talent Management Officer||2,410 EUR|
|Training and Development Section Head||4,110 EUR|
|Training Executive||4,480 EUR|
|Training Officer||2,030 EUR|
Human Resources salaries in Germany range from 1,530 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 6,240 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 3,890 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 3,890 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,890 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 Human Resources are earning less than 2,440 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,440 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Human Resources are earning less than 5,470 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,470 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 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 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 in Germany who work in Human Resources earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Human Resources 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 2020. 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.
Human Resources 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 Human Resources 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.
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 Human Resources is 5% less than that of All Jobs.
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.