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Project Manager Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Project Manager make in Germany?


Average Monthly Salary
3,940 EUR
( 47,300 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,810
EUR
AVERAGE
3,940
EUR
HIGH
6,270
EUR

A person working as a Project Manager in Germany typically earns around 3,940 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,810 EUR (lowest) to 6,270 EUR (highest).

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

Project Manager Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Project Manager salaries in Germany range from 1,810 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 6,270 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,260 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Project Manager(s) are earning less than 4,260 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,260 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 Project Manager(s) are earning less than 2,730 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,730 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Project Manager(s) are earning less than 5,690 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,690 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

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

A Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,060 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,750 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 4,060 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, Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,960 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 5,400 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 5,850 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Project Manager average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
2,060 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,750 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
4,060 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,960 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,400 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,850 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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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Project Manager is 2,530 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,970 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,310 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 5,650 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Project Manager average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
2,530 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
2,970 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
4,310 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
5,650 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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

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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 Project Manager employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
3,800 EUR
Male+7%
4,080 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Project Manager

Project Manager(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 14 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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Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Project Manager
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A Project Manager is considered to be a high 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.

14% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 86% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
86%
No Bonus
14%

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

Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in Germany


23 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 23 EUR. This means that the average Project Manager in Germany earns approximately 23 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.

Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Project Manager and Executive and Management monthly Germany
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The average salary for Project Manager is 24% less than that of Executive and Management. Also, Executive and Management salaries are 36% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Coordinator3,300 EUR-16%
Administration Manager3,970 EUR+1%
Area Manager3,720 EUR-6%
Asset Protection Associate4,650 EUR+18%
Assistant Director4,030 EUR+2%
Assistant Manager4,690 EUR+19%
Assistant Operations Manager4,990 EUR+27%
Assistant Project Manager4,100 EUR+4%
Assistant Section Head3,630 EUR-8%
Assistant to CEO4,060 EUR+3%
Assistant Vice President4,720 EUR+20%
Associate Director4,350 EUR+10%
Bid Manager4,930 EUR+25%
Branch Manager4,710 EUR+19%
Business Development Manager5,120 EUR+30%
Business Operations Associate4,330 EUR+10%
Business Operations Lead4,380 EUR+11%
Campaign Manager4,830 EUR+22%
Chairman of The Board8,370 EUR+110%
Chairman Office Manager5,400 EUR+37%
Chief Corporate Officer6,330 EUR+60%
Chief Executive Officer8,080 EUR+100%
Chief Financial Officer7,480 EUR+90%
Chief of Staff3,810 EUR-3%
Chief Operating Officer5,940 EUR+51%
Chief Risk Officer5,090 EUR+29%
Client Services Manager5,550 EUR+41%
Commercial Project Manager4,610 EUR+17%
Commodity Broker3,310 EUR-16%
Corporate Affairs Executive5,000 EUR+27%
Corporate Compliance Director5,580 EUR+41%
Corporate Director5,760 EUR+46%
Corporate Officer3,930 EUR-0%
Corporate Partnerships Officer3,990 EUR+1%
Country Manager6,690 EUR+70%
Deputy Director5,840 EUR+48%
Director6,580 EUR+67%
Director of Accreditation5,370 EUR+36%
Director of Catering Services4,730 EUR+20%
Director of Client Services5,440 EUR+38%
Director of Facilities Management4,700 EUR+19%
Director of Operations5,640 EUR+43%
Director of Process Simplification4,230 EUR+7%
Director of Project Management5,650 EUR+43%
Director of Revenue Management5,160 EUR+31%
Director of Training and Development5,310 EUR+35%
Distribution Manager5,580 EUR+41%
Division Manager4,980 EUR+26%
Duty Manager4,570 EUR+16%
Engagement Manager5,610 EUR+42%
Executive Director7,870 EUR+100%
Executive Manager6,940 EUR+76%
Franchise Manager6,960 EUR+76%
General Manager6,100 EUR+55%
Global Master Data Manager5,780 EUR+47%
Head of Middle Office5,230 EUR+33%
Head of Projects5,420 EUR+37%
Head of Sustainability4,680 EUR+19%
Housing Manager4,430 EUR+12%
HSE Manager4,370 EUR+11%
Key Account Manager4,500 EUR+14%
Knowledge Manager5,300 EUR+34%
Location Manager4,930 EUR+25%
Logistics Manager4,430 EUR+12%
Management Consultant4,490 EUR+14%
Management Executive5,800 EUR+47%
Manager5,660 EUR+44%
Managing Director6,690 EUR+70%
MIS Executive5,760 EUR+46%
Ocean Services Manager5,810 EUR+47%
Operations Assistant4,120 EUR+4%
Operations Director6,130 EUR+55%
Operations Executive6,050 EUR+53%
Operations Manager6,200 EUR+57%
Operations Supervisor4,980 EUR+26%
Policy Administration Executive4,600 EUR+17%
Private Sector Executive5,030 EUR+28%
Product Development Manager5,580 EUR+41%
Product Executive4,820 EUR+22%
Production Executive5,410 EUR+37%
Production Manager5,640 EUR+43%
Production Supervisor4,500 EUR+14%
Program Manager5,610 EUR+42%
Programme Coordinator4,040 EUR+2%
Project Control Manager5,700 EUR+45%
Project Coordinator3,530 EUR-10%
Project Management Officer4,060 EUR+3%
Project Manager3,940 EUR-0%
Project Portfolio Manager4,500 EUR+14%
Quality Manager4,610 EUR+17%
R/D Director4,770 EUR+21%
Regional Director7,700 EUR+95%
Regional Manager5,750 EUR+46%
Relationship Manager5,450 EUR+38%
Retail District Manager3,740 EUR-5%
Revenue Manager4,560 EUR+16%
Risk and Capital Manager5,930 EUR+50%
Risk Officer4,310 EUR+9%
Safety Manager4,200 EUR+6%
Section Head4,290 EUR+9%
Service Manager4,600 EUR+17%
Shift Supervisor3,430 EUR-13%
Solutions Manager3,920 EUR-1%
Supervisor3,320 EUR-16%
Supply Chain Manager5,810 EUR+47%
Surveyor3,860 EUR-2%
Technical Manager5,040 EUR+28%
Territory Manager5,320 EUR+35%
Validation Manager4,750 EUR+20%
Vice President6,390 EUR+62%
Zone Manager5,970 EUR+51%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin4,840 EUR
Bremen3,900 EUR
Dortmund3,900 EUR
Dresden3,950 EUR
Dusseldorf4,450 EUR
Essen4,170 EUR
Frankfurt4,520 EUR
Hamburg4,420 EUR
Hannover3,680 EUR
Koln4,490 EUR
Leipzig3,940 EUR
Munchen4,460 EUR
Nurnberg3,510 EUR
Stuttgart4,040 EUR
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