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Secondary School Teacher Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Secondary School Teacher make in Germany?


Average Monthly Salary
3,080 EUR
( 36,900 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,420
EUR
AVERAGE
3,080
EUR
HIGH
4,890
EUR

A person working as a Secondary School Teacher in Germany typically earns around 3,080 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,420 EUR (lowest) to 4,890 EUR (highest).

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

Secondary School Teacher Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Secondary School Teacher salaries in Germany range from 1,420 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,890 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,320 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 3,320 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,320 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 Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 2,130 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,130 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 4,440 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,440 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

Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Secondary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,610 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,150 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 3,170 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, Secondary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,870 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 4,220 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 4,560 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Secondary School Teacher average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
1,610 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,150 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,170 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
3,870 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,220 EUR
20+ Years+8%
4,560 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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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Secondary School Teacher is 1,870 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,610 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Secondary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
1,870 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
3,610 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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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Secondary School Teacher
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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 Secondary School Teacher employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
2,970 EUR
Male+7%
3,190 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Secondary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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

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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Secondary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Secondary School Teacher
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A Secondary School Teacher is considered to be a low 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.

64% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
36%
No Bonus
64%

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

Secondary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in Germany


18 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 18 EUR. This means that the average Secondary School Teacher in Germany earns approximately 18 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.

Secondary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secondary School Teacher and Teaching / Education monthly Germany
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The average salary for Secondary School Teacher is 24% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Advisor3,980 EUR+29%
Academic Coach3,900 EUR+27%
Academic Manager4,380 EUR+42%
Academic Specialist3,240 EUR+5%
Academic Staff3,040 EUR-1%
Accompanist3,190 EUR+4%
Achievement Coach3,920 EUR+27%
Admissions Specialist3,290 EUR+7%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher2,870 EUR-7%
Anthropology Teacher3,240 EUR+5%
Arabic Language Teacher2,810 EUR-9%
Archeology Teacher3,050 EUR-1%
Architecture Teacher3,590 EUR+17%
Archivist2,740 EUR-11%
Art Teacher2,790 EUR-9%
Assistant School Principal4,170 EUR+35%
Assistant Teacher2,550 EUR-17%
Biochemistry Professor 5,250 EUR+71%
Biology Teacher3,200 EUR+4%
Bursary Scheme Manager3,460 EUR+12%
Business Teacher3,360 EUR+9%
Chemistry Teacher3,000 EUR-3%
Child Care Coordinator3,030 EUR-2%
Child Care Worker2,400 EUR-22%
Clinical School Psychologist4,510 EUR+47%
College Aide3,880 EUR+26%
College and Career Readiness Specialist4,030 EUR+31%
College President6,790 EUR+120%
Communications Teacher3,220 EUR+5%
Community Education Officer2,680 EUR-13%
Computer Science Teacher2,820 EUR-8%
Computer Teacher3,020 EUR-2%
Creative Writing Trainer3,520 EUR+14%
Credit Counselor3,780 EUR+23%
Cultural Studies Teacher3,010 EUR-2%
Curriculum Developer3,960 EUR+29%
Curriculum Specialist3,910 EUR+27%
Demonstrator2,650 EUR-14%
Deputy Controller of Examinations3,710 EUR+21%
Director of Learning Technology4,240 EUR+38%
Distance Learning Coordinator3,460 EUR+12%
Economics Lecturer5,330 EUR+73%
Education Administrator3,560 EUR+16%
Education Assistant Director3,840 EUR+25%
Education Assistant Principal3,310 EUR+8%
Education Assistant Professor4,310 EUR+40%
Education Consultant4,490 EUR+46%
Education Coordinator3,100 EUR+1%
Education Counselor3,700 EUR+20%
Education Director5,490 EUR+78%
Education Program Specialist3,940 EUR+28%
Education Researcher4,370 EUR+42%
Education Resource Specialist3,260 EUR+6%
Education Services Facilitator3,370 EUR+9%
Educational Psychologist4,940 EUR+60%
EFL Teacher3,110 EUR+1%
eLearning Trainer2,850 EUR-7%
Elementary School Teacher2,580 EUR-16%
Engineering Lecturer5,270 EUR+71%
Engineering Teacher4,200 EUR+36%
English Teacher2,820 EUR-8%
ESL Teacher3,200 EUR+4%
Faculty Assistant3,810 EUR+24%
Foreign Language Teacher2,880 EUR-6%
GED Teacher2,880 EUR-6%
Geography Teacher2,970 EUR-4%
Head of Mathematics Department4,130 EUR+34%
Head of School5,010 EUR+63%
High School Teacher3,480 EUR+13%
History Teacher3,040 EUR-1%
Infant Teacher2,260 EUR-27%
Instructional Assistant3,310 EUR+8%
Instructor3,560 EUR+16%
Kindergarten Teacher2,540 EUR-17%
Language Instructor For Expatriate2,410 EUR-22%
Law Teacher4,150 EUR+35%
Learning Designer3,540 EUR+15%
Lecturer5,380 EUR+75%
Librarian2,410 EUR-22%
Library Assistant2,080 EUR-32%
Library Director3,620 EUR+18%
Library Specialist2,600 EUR-16%
Life Sciences Teacher2,990 EUR-3%
Math Lecturer5,710 EUR+86%
Mathematics Teacher3,450 EUR+12%
Mentor3,350 EUR+9%
Middle School Teacher3,190 EUR+4%
Music Teacher2,960 EUR-4%
Nursery Manager4,710 EUR+53%
Nursery Worker1,920 EUR-38%
Paraprofessional3,990 EUR+30%
Physical Education Specialist3,210 EUR+4%
Physical Education Teacher2,700 EUR-12%
Physics Teacher 3,070 EUR-0%
Political Science Teacher3,150 EUR+2%
Post Doctoral Researcher4,950 EUR+61%
Preschool Education Administrator3,480 EUR+13%
Preschool Teacher2,560 EUR-17%
Primary School Teacher2,790 EUR-9%
Principal4,570 EUR+48%
Product Specialist3,520 EUR+14%
Professor - Accounting5,700 EUR+85%
Professor - Architecture5,690 EUR+85%
Professor - Biology5,400 EUR+75%
Professor - Business Administration5,160 EUR+68%
Professor - Chemical Engineering5,540 EUR+80%
Professor - Chemistry5,920 EUR+92%
Professor - Civil Engineering5,390 EUR+75%
Professor - Communication5,240 EUR+70%
Professor - Computer Science5,410 EUR+76%
Professor - Dentistry5,530 EUR+80%
Professor - Drama5,510 EUR+79%
Professor - Economics5,840 EUR+90%
Professor - Education5,640 EUR+83%
Professor - Electrical Engineering5,760 EUR+87%
Professor - English5,110 EUR+66%
Professor - Environmental Engineering5,360 EUR+74%
Professor - Foreign Languages5,390 EUR+75%
Professor - Geological Sciences5,480 EUR+78%
Professor - History5,420 EUR+76%
Professor - Industrial Engineering5,270 EUR+71%
Professor - Law5,610 EUR+82%
Professor - Legal Support5,420 EUR+76%
Professor - Liberal Arts5,550 EUR+80%
Professor - Marketing5,690 EUR+85%
Professor - Mathematics5,950 EUR+93%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering5,700 EUR+85%
Professor - Medical Administration5,640 EUR+83%
Professor - Medicine6,880 EUR+120%
Professor - Music5,160 EUR+68%
Professor - Nursing5,200 EUR+69%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences5,370 EUR+74%
Professor - Philosophy5,310 EUR+73%
Professor - Physical Therapy6,050 EUR+97%
Professor - Physics6,120 EUR+99%
Professor - Psychology5,460 EUR+77%
Professor - Rehabilitation4,990 EUR+62%
Professor - Social Work4,810 EUR+56%
Professor - Sociology5,150 EUR+67%
Professor - Special Education5,680 EUR+85%
Psychology Teacher4,570 EUR+48%
Public Management Assistant Professor4,460 EUR+45%
School Counselor4,120 EUR+34%
Science Educator3,050 EUR-1%
Science Laboratory Assistant2,840 EUR-8%
Science Teacher3,110 EUR+1%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher3,020 EUR-2%
Secondary School Teacher3,080 EUR+0%
Special Education Teacher3,200 EUR+4%
Special Needs Assistant2,690 EUR-13%
Statistics Lecturer5,050 EUR+64%
Student Accounts Coordinator2,850 EUR-7%
Student Development Specialist3,560 EUR+16%
Student Employment Specialist3,320 EUR+8%
Student Services2,860 EUR-7%
Student Support Manager3,800 EUR+23%
Substitute Teacher2,530 EUR-18%
Teacher2,850 EUR-7%
Teacher Aide2,360 EUR-23%
Teacher Trainer3,660 EUR+19%
Training and Development Specialist3,950 EUR+28%
Training Coordinator2,700 EUR-12%
Tutor2,940 EUR-4%
University Teacher5,030 EUR+63%
Vocational Education Teacher2,890 EUR-6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,360 EUR
Bremen2,850 EUR
Dortmund3,000 EUR
Dresden2,760 EUR
Dusseldorf3,200 EUR
Essen2,950 EUR
Frankfurt3,040 EUR
Hamburg3,450 EUR
Hannover2,740 EUR
Koln3,280 EUR
Leipzig2,700 EUR
Munchen3,200 EUR
Nurnberg2,750 EUR
Stuttgart3,050 EUR
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