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Creative Designer Average Salary in Germany 2021

How much money does a Creative Designer make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
2,850 EUR
( 34,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Creative Designer in Germany typically earns around 2,850 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,310 EUR (lowest) to 4,530 EUR (highest).

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

Creative Designer Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Creative Designer salaries in Germany range from 1,310 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 4,530 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,080 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 3,080 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,080 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 Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 1,980 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,980 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Creative Designer(s) are earning less than 4,110 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,110 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

Creative Designer 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 Creative Designer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Creative Designer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,490 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,990 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 2,940 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, Creative Designer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,580 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 3,900 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 4,220 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Creative Designer average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
1,490 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
1,990 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
2,940 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
3,580 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
3,900 EUR
20+ Years+8%
4,220 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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Creative Designer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Creative Designer is 1,830 EUR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 2,150 EUR per month, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 3,110 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 4,080 EUR per month, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Creative Designer average salary difference by education level in Germany

High School
1,830 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
2,150 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
3,110 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
4,080 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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Creative Designer 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 Creative Designer employees in Germany earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,930 EUR
2,770 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Creative Designer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Creative Designer

Creative Designer(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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

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 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany for the year 2020. 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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Creative Designer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Creative Designer
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A Creative Designer is considered to be a moderate 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.

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Creative Designer Average Hourly Wage in Germany

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 16 EUR. This means that the average Creative Designer in Germany earns approximately 16 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.

Creative Designer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Creative Designer and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events monthly Germany
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The average salary for Creative Designer is 21% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive4,150 EUR+46%
Advertising Account Manager4,400 EUR+54%
Advertising Account Planner2,150 EUR-25%
Advertising Coordinator3,000 EUR+5%
Advertising Manager5,940 EUR+110%
Advertising Operations Manager6,060 EUR+110%
Advertising Strategic Planner3,780 EUR+33%
Advertising Team Leader3,540 EUR+24%
Animator2,560 EUR-10%
Art Director3,460 EUR+21%
Artist3,010 EUR+6%
Artworker2,200 EUR-23%
Assistant Art Director2,950 EUR+4%
Audiosual Technician2,090 EUR-27%
Broadcast Administrator3,680 EUR+29%
Catering Sales2,300 EUR-19%
Catering Trainer2,620 EUR-8%
Commercial and Industrial Designer2,130 EUR-25%
Conference Organiser2,720 EUR-5%
Content and Media Production Lead4,040 EUR+42%
CopyWriter2,570 EUR-10%
Creative Designer2,850 EUR+0%
Creative Director3,700 EUR+30%
Designer 2,080 EUR-27%
Desktop Publisher1,690 EUR-41%
Director of Graphic Design3,470 EUR+22%
Events and Promotions Manager5,830 EUR+100%
Exhibit Display Coordinator2,700 EUR-5%
Exhibit Display Manager3,900 EUR+37%
Finisher1,950 EUR-32%
Graphic Artist2,250 EUR-21%
Graphic Designer2,370 EUR-17%
Graphics Design Supervisor3,130 EUR+10%
Imagery Analyst2,220 EUR-22%
Imaging Technologist2,180 EUR-23%
Interaction Designer1,900 EUR-33%
Media Planner3,040 EUR+7%
Media Production Coordinator2,830 EUR-1%
Media Production Manager5,000 EUR+76%
Media Project Manager5,010 EUR+76%
Media Relations Representative3,980 EUR+40%
Media Sales Executive4,580 EUR+61%
Multimedia Specialist2,180 EUR-23%
Photographer2,010 EUR-29%
PPC Campaign Manager3,560 EUR+25%
Print Production Manager3,880 EUR+36%
Product and Brand Manager6,050 EUR+110%
Sales Promotion Manager5,670 EUR+99%
Sketch Artist2,690 EUR-6%
Social Media Executive4,450 EUR+56%
Technical Typist1,700 EUR-40%
User Experience UX Designer2,620 EUR-8%
UX Designer2,110 EUR-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,230 EUR
Bremen2,650 EUR
Dortmund2,550 EUR
Dresden2,540 EUR
Dusseldorf2,800 EUR
Essen2,670 EUR
Frankfurt2,780 EUR
Hamburg3,190 EUR
Hannover2,450 EUR
Koln3,110 EUR
Leipzig2,570 EUR
Munchen3,150 EUR
Nurnberg2,440 EUR
Stuttgart2,690 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

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