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Head Nurse Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Head Nurse make in Germany?

3,775 EUR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Head Nurse in Germany typically earns around 3,775 EUR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Head Nurse salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Head Nurse Salary Distribution in Germany

Median and salary distribution monthly Germany Head Nurse

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Head Nurse salaries in Germany range between 1,548 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,814 EUR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 3,927 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 3,927 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,927 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.

Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 2,464 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,464 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Head Nurse are earning less than 5,260 EUR while 25% are earning more than 5,260 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Head Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
1,783 EUR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
2,444 EUR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
3,084 EUR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
3,724 EUR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
4,364 EUR
20+ Years    +24%  
5,409 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Experience level is the most important factor in determining your salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Head Nurse salaries by experience level. A Head Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 1,783 EUR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,444 EUR per month, 37% more than someone with less than two year's experience. Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,084 EUR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Head Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,724 EUR per month, 21% more than a person with five to ten years of experience. If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,364 EUR per month, 17% more than a person with ten to fifteen years of experience. Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 5,409 EUR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Head Nurse

Head Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
2,252 EUR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
3,148 EUR
Master's Degree    +41%  
4,428 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add into your income? We broke down Head Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Head Nurse is 2,252 EUR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 3,148 EUR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,428 EUR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Germany Head Nurse


Head Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
3,417 EUR
Male    +21%  
4,134 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Head Nurse employees in Germany earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Head Nurse

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
3,228 EUR
Public Sector    +34%  
4,323 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the goverment? Public sector Head Nurse employees in Germany earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Germany Head Nurse

Head Nurse Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Germany Head Nurse
Average Salary 2017    =  
3,386 EUR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
3,511 EUR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
3,641 EUR
Average Salary 2020    +4%  
3,775 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Head Nurse 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 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Head Nurse Average Hourly Wage in Germany

22 EUR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany for Head Nurse is 22 EUR. This means that the average Head Nurse in Germany earns approximatly 22 EUR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Head Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Head Nurse and Health and Medical monthly GermanyWe compared Germany salaries for Head Nurse, Health and Medical, and All Jobs and we found that Head Nurse salaries are 42% less than those of Health and Medical. We also found out that Health and Medical salaries are 39% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse3,932 EUR+4%
Assistant Director of Nursing4,839 EUR+28%
Case Manager4,537 EUR+20%
Company Nurse2,756 EUR-27%
Critical Care Nurse3,649 EUR-3%
District Nurse3,413 EUR-10%
Head Nurse3,775 EUR=
Home Nurse3,173 EUR-16%
ICU Registered Nurse3,513 EUR-7%
Informatics Nurse Specialist3,718 EUR-2%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)3,590 EUR-5%
MDS Coordinator3,725 EUR-1%
Mental Health Nurse3,443 EUR-9%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner3,699 EUR-2%
Nurse3,548 EUR-6%
Nurse Midwife4,145 EUR+10%
Nurse Practitioner3,470 EUR-8%
Nursing Assistant3,030 EUR-20%
Nursing Coordinator3,921 EUR+4%
Nursing Director5,264 EUR+39%
Nursing Services Instructor3,999 EUR+6%
Nursing Supervisor4,141 EUR+10%
Occupational Health Advisor4,930 EUR+31%
Occupational Therapist5,436 EUR+44%
Personal Support Worker2,664 EUR-29%
Psychiatric Nurse3,608 EUR-4%
Registered Nurse3,356 EUR-11%
Respiratory Manager5,336 EUR+41%
School Nurse3,153 EUR-16%
Staff Nurse3,708 EUR-2%
Theatre Manager4,635 EUR+23%
Utilization Review Nurse3,340 EUR-12%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin4,472 EUR
Bremen3,685 EUR
Dortmund3,662 EUR
Dresden3,409 EUR
Dusseldorf4,064 EUR
Essen4,055 EUR
Frankfurt3,944 EUR
Hamburg4,229 EUR
Hannover3,601 EUR
Koln4,178 EUR
Leipzig3,622 EUR
Munchen4,418 EUR
Nurnberg3,473 EUR
Stuttgart4,041 EUR
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