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Air Traffic Controller Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does an Air Traffic Controller make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
10,900 EUR
( 131,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as an Air Traffic Controller in Germany typically earns around 10,900 EUR per month. Salaries range from 5,030 EUR (lowest) to 17,400 EUR (highest).

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

Air Traffic Controller Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Air Traffic Controller salaries in Germany range from 5,030 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 17,400 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 11,800 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 11,800 EUR while the other half are earning more than 11,800 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 Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 7,580 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 7,580 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Air Traffic Controller(s) are earning less than 15,800 EUR while 25% are earning more than 15,800 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

Air Traffic Controller 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 Air Traffic Controller salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Air Traffic Controller with less than two years of experience makes approximately 5,710 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 7,630 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 11,300 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, Air Traffic Controller(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 13,700 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 15,000 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 16,200 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Air Traffic Controller average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
5,710 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
7,630 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
11,300 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
13,700 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
15,000 EUR
20+ Years+8%
16,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Air Traffic Controller(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 Air Traffic Controller salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Air Traffic Controller is 6,510 EUR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 10,200 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 17,100 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Air Traffic Controller average salary difference by education level in Germany

Certificate or Diploma
6,510 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+57%
10,200 EUR
Master's Degree+68%
17,100 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

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Air Traffic Controller Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Air Traffic Controller
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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 Air Traffic Controller employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

10,600 EUR
11,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Air Traffic Controller Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

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Air Traffic Controller(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 2019

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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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Air Traffic Controller Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Air Traffic Controller
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An Air Traffic Controller 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 Air Traffic Controller 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

Air Traffic Controller Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Germany Air Traffic Controller
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Average Salary 2016
9,460 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
9,810 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
10,200 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
10,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Air Traffic Controller 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.

Air Traffic Controller Average Hourly Wage in Germany

63 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 63 EUR. This means that the average Air Traffic Controller in Germany earns approximately 63 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.

Air Traffic Controller VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Air Traffic Controller and Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense monthly Germany
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The average salary for Air Traffic Controller is 6% less than that of Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense. Also, Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense salaries are 2% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aeronautical Engineer10,700 EUR-2%
Aerospace Engineer12,000 EUR+10%
Aerospace Technician10,400 EUR-5%
Air Crew Officer9,140 EUR-16%
Air Traffic Assistant9,920 EUR-9%
Air Traffic Controller10,900 EUR-0%
Aircraft Captain13,700 EUR+25%
Aircraft Electrician10,400 EUR-5%
Aircraft Engineer11,600 EUR+6%
Aircraft Fueler8,340 EUR-24%
Aircraft Maintenance Manager12,800 EUR+17%
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor11,800 EUR+8%
Aircraft Maintenance Technician8,170 EUR-25%
Aircraft Mechanic9,230 EUR-16%
Aircraft Quality Assurance14,100 EUR+29%
Airfield Management Specialist13,600 EUR+24%
Airfield Operations Specialist12,600 EUR+15%
Airline Cabin Crew11,500 EUR+5%
Airline Copilot13,200 EUR+21%
Airlines Sales Manager11,500 EUR+5%
Airlines Structural Assembler7,300 EUR-33%
Airport Services Agent10,200 EUR-7%
Airport Services Manager14,200 EUR+30%
Assistant Aircraft Mechanic9,570 EUR-12%
Aviation Analyst13,700 EUR+25%
Aviation Inspector11,200 EUR+2%
Aviation Manager15,600 EUR+43%
Aviation Operations Controller12,300 EUR+12%
Aviation Resources Manager14,600 EUR+34%
Aviation Safety Manager15,700 EUR+44%
Aviation Safety Officer12,100 EUR+11%
Aviation Technician8,070 EUR-26%
Cargo Executive10,000 EUR-9%
Chief Pilot13,800 EUR+26%
First Officer10,200 EUR-7%
Fleet Management Officer9,640 EUR-12%
Flight Attendant10,000 EUR-9%
Flight Scheduler11,100 EUR+1%
Flight Simulation Engineer10,100 EUR-8%
Freight and Cargo Inspector9,770 EUR-11%
Helicopter Pilot12,200 EUR+12%
Loading Bridge Operator8,130 EUR-26%
Pilot13,900 EUR+27%
Ramp Agent8,430 EUR-23%
Reservations Sales Agent8,820 EUR-19%
Safety and Quality Specialist9,760 EUR-11%
Test Pilot12,500 EUR+14%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin13,000 EUR
Bremen10,800 EUR
Dortmund10,700 EUR
Dresden11,000 EUR
Dusseldorf11,900 EUR
Essen11,800 EUR
Frankfurt12,700 EUR
Hamburg12,200 EUR
Hannover10,500 EUR
Koln12,100 EUR
Leipzig10,600 EUR
Munchen12,800 EUR
Nurnberg10,200 EUR
Stuttgart11,800 EUR
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