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Attorney Average Salary in Germany 2023

How much money does a person working as Attorney make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
7,170 EUR
( 86,100 EUR yearly)


A person working as Attorney in Germany typically earns around 7,170 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,300 EUR (lowest) to 11,400 EUR (highest).

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

Attorney Pay Scale and Salaries in Germany

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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
6,800 EUR or more
10% of people earn
5,960 to 6,800 EUR
20% of people earn
4,110 EUR or less
65% of people earn
4,110 to 5,960 EUR
Minimum Salary
3,300 EUR
6,850 EUR
11,400 EUR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Attorney salaries in Germany range from 3,300 EUR per month (starting salary) to 11,400 EUR per month (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,850 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Attorney(s) are earning less than 6,850 EUR while the other half are earning more than 6,850 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 and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 5,530 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,530 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Attorney(s) are earning less than 7,900 EUR while 25% are earning more than 7,900 EUR.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 4,110 EUR to 5,960 EUR. Approximatly 20% fall under the 4,110 EUR cap. Ten percent of wages are from 5,960 EUR to 6,800 EUR. Only 5% of people grossed 6,800 EUR or more.

Attorney Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Attorney average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
3,750 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
5,000 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
7,390 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
9,010 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
9,820 EUR
20+ Years+8%
10,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Attorney
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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 Attorney salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,750 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,000 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 7,390 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, Attorney whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 9,010 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 9,820 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 10,600 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Attorney Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Attorney(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Attorney average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
4,270 EUR
Master's Degree+57%
6,700 EUR
11,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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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 Attorney salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary is 4,270 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 6,700 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

People with PhD have an average salary of 11,200 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

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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Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Attorney

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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 Attorney employees in Germany earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

7,380 EUR
6,960 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Attorney Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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


Attorney(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 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 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany for the year 2022. 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

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Attorney Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Attorney
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"Attorney" is considered to be a high bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

12% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 88% 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
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Attorney Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

Average Salary 2019
6,200 EUR
Average Salary 2020+4%
6,430 EUR
Average Salary 2021+4%
6,670 EUR
Average Salary 2022+4%
6,920 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Attorney salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 4% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

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Attorney Average Hourly Wage in Germany

41 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 41 EUR. This means that the average Attorney in Germany earns approximately 41 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Attorney' in Germany is 19 EUR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Attorney VS Other Jobs

7,170 EUR
4,600 EUR
3,810 EUR
Average Salary
Average Salary
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Attorney is 56% more than that of Legal. Also, Legal salaries are 21% more than those of All Jobs.

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Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Administrative Law Judge10,200 EUR+42%
Arbitrator4,520 EUR-37%
Associate Attorney4,710 EUR-34%
Attorney7,170 EUR-0%
Bailiff2,330 EUR-68%
Barrister1,920 EUR-73%
Candidate Attorney4,100 EUR-43%
Conciliator3,660 EUR-49%
Contracts Manager4,320 EUR-40%
Contracts Negotiator3,310 EUR-54%
Conveyancing Secretary1,920 EUR-73%
Corporate Counsel5,050 EUR-30%
Counsel5,280 EUR-26%
Court Clerk1,580 EUR-78%
Court Judicial Assistant2,850 EUR-60%
Court Liaison Specialist3,250 EUR-55%
Court Reporter2,730 EUR-62%
Court Representative2,200 EUR-69%
Crown Prosecution Service Lawyer9,450 EUR+32%
Immigration Executive4,730 EUR-34%
In House Counsel5,020 EUR-30%
Intellectual Property Specialist3,440 EUR-52%
Judge Advocate8,000 EUR+12%
Law Clerk1,710 EUR-76%
Lawyer7,270 EUR+1%
Legal Administrative Assistant2,010 EUR-72%
Legal Advisor4,350 EUR-39%
Legal Assistant1,890 EUR-74%
Legal Associate3,190 EUR-56%
Legal Consultant4,270 EUR-40%
Legal Counsel5,270 EUR-27%
Legal Editor3,480 EUR-51%
Legal Executive6,580 EUR-8%
Legal Executive Secretary1,960 EUR-73%
Legal IP Officer1,810 EUR-75%
Legal Officer2,230 EUR-69%
Legal Services Director7,960 EUR+11%
Legal Services Manager8,320 EUR+16%
Legal Support Worker1,370 EUR-81%
Legislative Liaison3,330 EUR-54%
Litigation Attorney8,480 EUR+18%
Litigation Paralegal4,180 EUR-42%
Magistrate Judge10,700 EUR+49%
Paralegal2,650 EUR-63%
Patent Attorney5,650 EUR-21%
Staff Attorney5,650 EUR-21%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin8,070 EUR
Bremen7,060 EUR
Dortmund6,640 EUR
Dresden6,880 EUR
Dusseldorf7,390 EUR
Essen7,010 EUR
Frankfurt7,900 EUR
Hamburg8,030 EUR
Hannover6,560 EUR
Koln7,950 EUR
Leipzig6,940 EUR
Munchen7,990 EUR
Nurnberg6,030 EUR
Stuttgart6,960 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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
3,720 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Attorney in Germany?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 6,850 EUR and 7,900 EUR. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Attorney in Germany is ranges from 5,530 EUR to 7,900 EUR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

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

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