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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
9,510 EUR
( 114,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Secondary School Teacher in Germany typically earns around 9,510 EUR per month. Salaries range from 4,380 EUR (lowest) to 15,100 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 4,380 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 15,100 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 10,300 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 10,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 10,300 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 6,590 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 6,590 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 13,700 EUR while 25% are earning more than 13,700 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 4,970 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,630 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 9,800 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 12,000 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 13,000 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 14,100 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
4,970 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
6,630 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
9,800 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
12,000 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
13,000 EUR
20+ Years+8%
14,100 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 5,770 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 11,100 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
5,770 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
11,100 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

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.

9,180 EUR
9,850 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

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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

Information Technology

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
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.

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 Secondary School Teacher 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

Secondary School Teacher Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

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Average Salary 2016
8,230 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
8,530 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
8,850 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
9,170 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Secondary School Teacher 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.

Secondary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in Germany

55 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 55 EUR. This means that the average Secondary School Teacher in Germany earns approximately 55 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 23% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 4% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Academic Coach12,100 EUR+27%
Academic Manager13,500 EUR+42%
Academic Specialist10,000 EUR+5%
Academic Staff9,400 EUR-1%
Accompanist9,860 EUR+4%
Achievement Coach12,100 EUR+27%
Admissions Specialist10,200 EUR+7%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher8,860 EUR-7%
Anthropology Teacher10,000 EUR+5%
Arabic Language Teacher8,690 EUR-9%
Archeology Teacher9,420 EUR-1%
Architecture Teacher11,100 EUR+17%
Archivist8,460 EUR-11%
Art Teacher8,630 EUR-9%
Assistant School Principal12,900 EUR+36%
Assistant Teacher7,880 EUR-17%
Biochemistry Professor 13,200 EUR+39%
Biology Teacher9,880 EUR+4%
Bursary Scheme Manager10,700 EUR+12%
Business Teacher10,400 EUR+9%
Chemistry Teacher9,270 EUR-3%
Child Care Coordinator9,380 EUR-1%
Child Care Worker7,410 EUR-22%
Clinical School Psychologist13,900 EUR+46%
College Aide12,000 EUR+26%
College and Career Readiness Specialist12,500 EUR+31%
College President18,800 EUR+98%
Communications Teacher9,940 EUR+4%
Community Education Officer8,280 EUR-13%
Computer Science Teacher8,710 EUR-8%
Computer Teacher9,350 EUR-2%
Creative Writing Trainer10,900 EUR+15%
Credit Counselor11,700 EUR+23%
Cultural Studies Teacher9,300 EUR-2%
Curriculum Developer12,200 EUR+28%
Curriculum Specialist12,100 EUR+27%
Demonstrator8,200 EUR-14%
Deputy Controller of Examinations11,500 EUR+21%
Director of Learning Technology13,100 EUR+38%
Distance Learning Coordinator10,700 EUR+12%
Economics Lecturer16,500 EUR+73%
Education Administrator11,000 EUR+16%
Education Assistant Director11,900 EUR+25%
Education Assistant Principal10,200 EUR+7%
Education Assistant Professor13,300 EUR+40%
Education Consultant13,900 EUR+46%
Education Coordinator9,600 EUR+1%
Education Counselor11,400 EUR+20%
Education Director17,000 EUR+79%
Education Program Specialist12,200 EUR+28%
Education Researcher13,500 EUR+42%
Education Resource Specialist10,100 EUR+6%
Education Services Facilitator10,400 EUR+9%
Educational Psychologist15,300 EUR+61%
EFL Teacher9,600 EUR+1%
eLearning Trainer8,810 EUR-7%
Elementary School Teacher7,960 EUR-16%
Engineering Lecturer16,300 EUR+71%
Engineering Teacher13,000 EUR+37%
English Teacher8,700 EUR-9%
ESL Teacher9,890 EUR+4%
Faculty Assistant11,800 EUR+24%
Foreign Language Teacher8,890 EUR-7%
GED Teacher8,920 EUR-6%
Geography Teacher9,170 EUR-4%
Head of Mathematics Department12,800 EUR+35%
Head of School15,500 EUR+63%
High School Teacher10,700 EUR+12%
History Teacher9,380 EUR-1%
Infant Teacher7,000 EUR-26%
Instructional Assistant10,200 EUR+7%
Instructor11,000 EUR+16%
Kindergarten Teacher7,840 EUR-18%
Language Instructor For Expatriate7,440 EUR-22%
Law Teacher12,800 EUR+35%
Learning Designer10,900 EUR+15%
Lecturer13,800 EUR+45%
Librarian7,440 EUR-22%
Library Assistant6,430 EUR-32%
Library Director11,200 EUR+18%
Library Specialist8,040 EUR-15%
Life Sciences Teacher9,230 EUR-3%
Math Lecturer17,700 EUR+86%
Mathematics Teacher10,700 EUR+12%
Mentor10,400 EUR+9%
Middle School Teacher9,860 EUR+4%
Music Teacher9,160 EUR-4%
Nursery Manager14,600 EUR+53%
Nursery Worker5,920 EUR-38%
Paraprofessional12,300 EUR+29%
Physical Education Specialist9,920 EUR+4%
Physical Education Teacher8,330 EUR-12%
Physics Teacher 9,480 EUR-0%
Political Science Teacher9,750 EUR+2%
Post Doctoral Researcher15,300 EUR+61%
Preschool Education Administrator10,800 EUR+14%
Preschool Teacher7,900 EUR-17%
Primary School Teacher8,640 EUR-9%
Principal13,200 EUR+39%
Product Specialist10,900 EUR+15%
Professor - Accounting17,600 EUR+85%
Professor - Architecture17,600 EUR+85%
Professor - Biology16,700 EUR+76%
Professor - Business Administration15,900 EUR+67%
Professor - Chemical Engineering17,100 EUR+80%
Professor - Chemistry18,300 EUR+92%
Professor - Civil Engineering16,600 EUR+74%
Professor - Communication16,200 EUR+70%
Professor - Computer Science16,700 EUR+76%
Professor - Dentistry17,100 EUR+80%
Professor - Drama17,000 EUR+79%
Professor - Economics18,000 EUR+89%
Professor - Education17,400 EUR+83%
Professor - Electrical Engineering17,800 EUR+87%
Professor - English15,800 EUR+66%
Professor - Environmental Engineering16,600 EUR+74%
Professor - Foreign Languages16,700 EUR+76%
Professor - Geological Sciences16,900 EUR+78%
Professor - History16,800 EUR+77%
Professor - Industrial Engineering16,300 EUR+71%
Professor - Law17,300 EUR+82%
Professor - Legal Support16,700 EUR+76%
Professor - Liberal Arts17,200 EUR+81%
Professor - Marketing17,600 EUR+85%
Professor - Mathematics18,400 EUR+93%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering17,600 EUR+85%
Professor - Medical Administration17,400 EUR+83%
Professor - Medicine19,500 EUR+100%
Professor - Music15,900 EUR+67%
Professor - Nursing16,100 EUR+69%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences16,600 EUR+74%
Professor - Philosophy16,400 EUR+72%
Professor - Physical Therapy18,700 EUR+97%
Professor - Physics18,900 EUR+99%
Professor - Psychology16,900 EUR+78%
Professor - Rehabilitation15,400 EUR+62%
Professor - Social Work14,900 EUR+57%
Professor - Sociology15,900 EUR+67%
Professor - Special Education17,600 EUR+85%
Psychology Teacher13,600 EUR+43%
Public Management Assistant Professor13,800 EUR+45%
School Counselor12,700 EUR+34%
Science Educator9,420 EUR-1%
Science Laboratory Assistant8,760 EUR-8%
Science Teacher9,600 EUR+1%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher9,340 EUR-2%
Secondary School Teacher9,510 EUR-0%
Special Education Teacher9,900 EUR+4%
Special Needs Assistant8,310 EUR-13%
Statistics Lecturer15,600 EUR+64%
Student Accounts Coordinator8,820 EUR-7%
Student Development Specialist11,000 EUR+16%
Student Employment Specialist10,300 EUR+8%
Student Services8,850 EUR-7%
Student Support Manager11,700 EUR+23%
Substitute Teacher7,810 EUR-18%
Teacher8,820 EUR-7%
Teacher Aide7,290 EUR-23%
Teacher Trainer11,300 EUR+19%
Training and Development Specialist12,200 EUR+28%
Training Coordinator8,360 EUR-12%
Tutor9,080 EUR-5%
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Salary Comparison By City

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Berlin10,400 EUR
Bremen8,820 EUR
Dortmund9,260 EUR
Dresden8,520 EUR
Dusseldorf9,900 EUR
Essen9,130 EUR
Frankfurt9,390 EUR
Hamburg10,700 EUR
Hannover8,450 EUR
Koln10,100 EUR
Leipzig8,340 EUR
Munchen9,890 EUR
Nurnberg8,500 EUR
Stuttgart9,440 EUR
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