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Nurse Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Nurse make in Germany?

3,548 EUR per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working as a Nurse in Germany typically earns around 3,548 EUR per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Nurse salaries may differ drasticlty based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find detialed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Nurse Salary Distribution in Germany

Median and salary distribution monthly Germany Nurse

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Nurse salaries in Germany range between 1,455 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,465 EUR per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 3,690 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Nurse are earning less than 3,690 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,690 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 Nurse are earning less than 2,315 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,315 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working as Nurse are earning less than 4,944 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,944 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

Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

0 - 2 Years    =  
1,676 EUR
2 - 5 Years    +37%  
2,297 EUR
5 - 10 Years    +26%  
2,899 EUR
10 - 15 Years    +21%  
3,500 EUR
15 - 20 Years    +17%  
4,102 EUR
20+ Years    +24%  
5,084 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 Nurse salaries by experience level. A Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximatly 1,676 EUR per month. While someone with experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,297 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 2,899 EUR per month, 26% more than a person with two to five years of experience. Additionally, Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 3,500 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 4,102 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 5,084 EUR per month, 24% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Nurse

Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

Certificate or Diploma    =  
2,117 EUR
Bachelor's Degree    +40%  
2,959 EUR
Master's Degree    +41%  
4,162 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 Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison. When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Nurse is 2,117 EUR per month. While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 2,959 EUR per month, 40% more than someone with Certificate or Diploma. A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 4,162 EUR per month, 41% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.


Salary comparison by education level monthly Germany Nurse


Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Female    =  
3,211 EUR
Male    +21%  
3,886 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 Nurse employees in Germany earn 21% more than their female counterparts.

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Nurse

Public / Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Private Sector    =  
3,034 EUR
Public Sector    +34%  
4,063 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 Nurse employees in Germany earn 34% more than their private sector counterparts.

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Germany Nurse

Nurse Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Germany Nurse
Average Salary 2017    =  
3,182 EUR
Average Salary 2018    +4%  
3,300 EUR
Average Salary 2019    +4%  
3,422 EUR
Average Salary 2020    +4%  
3,548 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
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.

Nurse Average Hourly Wage in Germany

20 EUR per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany for Nurse is 20 EUR. This means that the average Nurse in Germany earns approximatly 20 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.

Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nurse and Health and Medical monthly GermanyWe compared Germany salaries for Nurse, Health and Medical, and All Jobs and we found that Nurse salaries are 45% 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+11%
Assistant Director of Nursing4,839 EUR+36%
Case Manager4,537 EUR+28%
Company Nurse2,756 EUR-22%
Critical Care Nurse3,649 EUR+3%
District Nurse3,413 EUR-4%
Head Nurse3,775 EUR+6%
Home Nurse3,173 EUR-11%
ICU Registered Nurse3,513 EUR-1%
Informatics Nurse Specialist3,718 EUR+5%
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)3,590 EUR+1%
MDS Coordinator3,725 EUR+5%
Mental Health Nurse3,443 EUR-3%
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner3,699 EUR+4%
Nurse3,548 EUR=
Nurse Midwife4,145 EUR+17%
Nurse Practitioner3,470 EUR-2%
Nursing Assistant3,030 EUR-15%
Nursing Coordinator3,921 EUR+11%
Nursing Director5,264 EUR+48%
Nursing Services Instructor3,999 EUR+13%
Nursing Supervisor4,141 EUR+17%
Occupational Health Advisor4,930 EUR+39%
Occupational Therapist5,436 EUR+53%
Personal Support Worker2,664 EUR-25%
Psychiatric Nurse3,608 EUR+2%
Registered Nurse3,356 EUR-5%
Respiratory Manager5,336 EUR+50%
School Nurse3,153 EUR-11%
Staff Nurse3,708 EUR+5%
Theatre Manager4,635 EUR+31%
Utilization Review Nurse3,340 EUR-6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,786 EUR
Bremen3,546 EUR
Dortmund3,490 EUR
Dresden3,313 EUR
Dusseldorf3,527 EUR
Essen3,514 EUR
Frankfurt3,743 EUR
Hamburg3,974 EUR
Hannover3,146 EUR
Koln3,946 EUR
Leipzig3,171 EUR
Munchen3,769 EUR
Nurnberg3,061 EUR
Stuttgart3,477 EUR
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