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Software Architect Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Software Architect make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
3,430 EUR
( 41,200 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Software Architect in Germany typically earns around 3,430 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,580 EUR (lowest) to 5,460 EUR (highest).

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

Software Architect Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Software Architect salaries in Germany range from 1,580 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,460 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,710 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Software Architect(s) are earning less than 3,710 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,710 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 Software Architect(s) are earning less than 2,380 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,380 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Software Architect(s) are earning less than 4,950 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,950 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

Software Architect Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Software Architect
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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 Software Architect salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Software Architect with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,790 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,390 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 3,540 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, Software Architect(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,310 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 4,700 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 5,090 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Software Architect average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
1,790 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,390 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
3,540 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
4,310 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,700 EUR
20+ Years+8%
5,090 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Software Architect Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Software Architect is 2,040 EUR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 3,210 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,380 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Software Architect average salary difference by education level in Germany

Certificate or Diploma
2,040 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+57%
3,210 EUR
Master's Degree+68%
5,380 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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Software Architect 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 Software Architect employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,310 EUR
3,550 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Software Architect Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Software Architect

Software Architect(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

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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Software Architect Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Software Architect
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A Software Architect 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.

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

Software Architect Average Hourly Wage in Germany

20 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 20 EUR. This means that the average Software Architect in Germany earns approximately 20 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.

Software Architect VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Software Architect and Information Technology monthly Germany
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The average salary for Software Architect is 14% less than that of Data Analysis. Also, Data Analysis salaries are 3% more than those of Information Technology.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Business Intelligence Analyst3,780 EUR+10%
Business Systems Analyst3,130 EUR-9%
Data Quality Analyst3,440 EUR+0%
Director of Application Development5,320 EUR+55%
Disaster Recovery Analyst3,530 EUR+3%
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect4,700 EUR+37%
ERP Analyst3,820 EUR+11%
Functional Analyst3,670 EUR+7%
Information Technology Training Analyst3,650 EUR+6%
OPS Manager5,090 EUR+48%
Reporting Analyst3,310 EUR-4%
Salesforce Administrator3,250 EUR-5%
SOA Analyst3,340 EUR-3%
Software Analyst3,330 EUR-3%
Software Architect3,430 EUR-0%
Software Engineer3,410 EUR-1%
Solutions Architect4,930 EUR+44%
Systems Analyst3,600 EUR+5%
Systems Architect3,630 EUR+6%
Technical Analyst2,970 EUR-13%
Technology Business Analyst3,550 EUR+3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,770 EUR
Bremen3,290 EUR
Dortmund3,210 EUR
Dresden3,110 EUR
Dusseldorf3,730 EUR
Essen3,470 EUR
Frankfurt3,660 EUR
Hamburg3,840 EUR
Hannover3,130 EUR
Koln3,590 EUR
Leipzig3,390 EUR
Munchen3,910 EUR
Nurnberg3,080 EUR
Stuttgart3,640 EUR
6275 - 12

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