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Architectural Drafter Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does an Architectural Drafter make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
8,040 EUR
( 96,400 EUR yearly)


A person working as an Architectural Drafter in Germany typically earns around 8,040 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,700 EUR (lowest) to 12,800 EUR (highest).

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

Architectural Drafter Salary Distribution in Germany

Median and salary distribution monthly Germany Architectural Drafter
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Architectural Drafter salaries in Germany range from 3,700 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 12,800 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 8,680 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Architectural Drafter(s) are earning less than 8,680 EUR while the other half are earning more than 8,680 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 Architectural Drafter(s) are earning less than 5,570 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,570 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Architectural Drafter(s) are earning less than 11,600 EUR while 25% are earning more than 11,600 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

Architectural Drafter 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 Architectural Drafter salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Architectural Drafter with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,200 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,600 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 8,280 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, Architectural Drafter(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 10,100 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 11,000 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 11,900 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Architectural Drafter average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
4,200 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
5,600 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
8,280 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
10,100 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
11,000 EUR
20+ Years+8%
11,900 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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Architectural Drafter Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of an Architectural Drafter is 4,880 EUR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 9,420 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Architectural Drafter average salary difference by education level in Germany

Certificate or Diploma
4,880 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+93%
9,420 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Architectural Drafter 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 Architectural Drafter employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

7,750 EUR
8,320 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Architectural Drafter Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafter(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Germany Architectural Drafter
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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

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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Architectural Drafter Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Architectural Drafter
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An Architectural Drafter 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 Architectural Drafter 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

Architectural Drafter Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

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Average Salary 2016
6,950 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
7,210 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
7,470 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
7,750 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Architectural Drafter 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.

Architectural Drafter Average Hourly Wage in Germany

46 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 46 EUR. This means that the average Architectural Drafter in Germany earns approximately 46 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.

Architectural Drafter VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Architectural Drafter and Architecture monthly Germany
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The average salary for Architectural Drafter is 20% less than that of Architecture. Also, Architecture salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Architect10,400 EUR+29%
Architectural Designer10,000 EUR+24%
Architectural Drafter8,040 EUR+0%
Architectural Manager12,100 EUR+51%
Architectural Technician10,300 EUR+28%
Architecture Consultant10,500 EUR+31%
Architecture Estimating Manager10,800 EUR+34%
Architecture Specifications Writer7,400 EUR-8%
Assistant Architectural Manager12,400 EUR+54%
CAD Drafter8,840 EUR+10%
CAD Manager10,500 EUR+31%
Design and Decoration Assistant8,970 EUR+12%
Design Manager11,400 EUR+42%
Drafting Supervisor9,050 EUR+13%
Facilities and Project Manager13,200 EUR+64%
Facility Planner11,000 EUR+37%
Interior Design Assistant8,020 EUR-0%
Interior Designer10,800 EUR+34%
Kitchen Designer9,260 EUR+15%
Landscape Architect10,400 EUR+29%
Landscape Artist9,880 EUR+23%
Landscaper8,990 EUR+12%
Mapping Technician8,340 EUR+4%
Mechanical Drafter8,790 EUR+9%
Photogrammetrist8,640 EUR+8%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin9,270 EUR
Bremen7,910 EUR
Dortmund8,030 EUR
Dresden7,910 EUR
Dusseldorf8,490 EUR
Essen8,270 EUR
Frankfurt9,070 EUR
Hamburg9,000 EUR
Hannover7,170 EUR
Koln8,470 EUR
Leipzig7,400 EUR
Munchen8,730 EUR
Nurnberg7,480 EUR
Stuttgart8,630 EUR
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