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Laboratory Technician Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Laboratory Technician make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
8,550 EUR
( 103,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Laboratory Technician in Germany typically earns around 8,550 EUR per month. Salaries range from 3,930 EUR (lowest) to 13,600 EUR (highest).

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

Laboratory Technician Salary Distribution in Germany

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

  • Salary Range

    Laboratory Technician salaries in Germany range from 3,930 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 13,600 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 9,240 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 9,240 EUR while the other half are earning more than 9,240 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 Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 5,930 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 5,930 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Laboratory Technician(s) are earning less than 12,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 12,300 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

Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

A Laboratory Technician with less than two years of experience makes approximately 4,460 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,960 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 8,810 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, Laboratory Technician(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 10,700 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 11,700 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 12,700 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Laboratory Technician average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
4,460 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
5,960 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
8,810 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
10,700 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
11,700 EUR
20+ Years+8%
12,700 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician is 5,190 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 10,000 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Laboratory Technician average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
5,190 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
10,000 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 59,400 Euro(s) to 178,000 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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Laboratory Technician Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Laboratory Technician
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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 Laboratory Technician employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

8,250 EUR
8,850 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Laboratory Technician Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

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

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% 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

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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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Laboratory Technician Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Laboratory Technician
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A Laboratory Technician is considered to be a low 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.

64% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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 Laboratory Technician 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

Laboratory Technician Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Germany Laboratory Technician
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Average Salary 2016
7,390 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
7,670 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
7,950 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
8,250 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Laboratory Technician 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.

Laboratory Technician Average Hourly Wage in Germany

49 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 49 EUR. This means that the average Laboratory Technician in Germany earns approximately 49 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.

Laboratory Technician VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Laboratory Technician and Health and Medical monthly Germany
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The average salary for Laboratory Technician is 35% less than that of Healthcare Technical. Also, Healthcare Technical salaries are 20% less than those of Health and Medical.

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Ambulance Officer and Paramedic9,520 EUR+11%
Ambulatory Services Director14,200 EUR+66%
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor19,100 EUR+120%
Anesthesia Technician12,000 EUR+40%
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Assistant Optometrist10,300 EUR+20%
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Central Sterile Processing Technician9,230 EUR+8%
Charge Entry Specialist10,400 EUR+22%
Clinical Application Specialist10,600 EUR+24%
Clinical Biochemist13,200 EUR+54%
Clinical Cytogeneticist14,100 EUR+65%
Clinical Data Reviewer10,400 EUR+22%
Clinical Development Specialist11,500 EUR+34%
Clinical Field Associate10,000 EUR+17%
Clinical Genetic Technologist11,200 EUR+31%
Clinical Microbiologist11,900 EUR+39%
Clinical Molecular Geneticist13,700 EUR+60%
Clinical Neuropsychologist13,300 EUR+56%
Clinical Research Coordinator12,300 EUR+44%
Clinical Scientist15,700 EUR+84%
CME Specialist12,700 EUR+49%
CT Technologist10,900 EUR+27%
Cytogenetic Technologist11,000 EUR+29%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer11,900 EUR+39%
Dispensing Optician10,500 EUR+23%
Dosimetrist15,500 EUR+81%
EKG Technician10,300 EUR+20%
Endoscopic Assistant8,760 EUR+2%
Endoscopy Technician9,250 EUR+8%
Enterostomal Therapist12,300 EUR+44%
Epidemiologist19,200 EUR+120%
FGP Ultrasound Techncian9,340 EUR+9%
Health Systems Specialist11,500 EUR+34%
Health Technologist12,000 EUR+40%
Healthcare Data Analyst11,800 EUR+38%
Hearing Aid Specialist11,700 EUR+37%
Histotechnologist12,600 EUR+47%
Immunologist20,100 EUR+140%
Industrial Hygienist13,400 EUR+57%
Infection Control Coordinator11,500 EUR+34%
Infection Control Practitioner13,400 EUR+57%
Infection Preventionist11,900 EUR+39%
Informatics Practice Specialist13,000 EUR+52%
Interventional Radiographer14,300 EUR+67%
Lab Assistant8,360 EUR-2%
Laboratory Manager15,200 EUR+78%
Laboratory Technician8,550 EUR-0%
Low Vision Therapist13,100 EUR+53%
Mammography Technician8,360 EUR-2%
Medical Coder7,860 EUR-8%
Medical Courier6,030 EUR-29%
Medical Equipment Preparer9,340 EUR+9%
Medical Forms Designer7,170 EUR-16%
Medical Technologist10,000 EUR+17%
MRI Technologist9,360 EUR+9%
Music Therapist11,500 EUR+34%
Neonatologist16,300 EUR+91%
Neurodiagnostic Techncian9,320 EUR+9%
Neuropsychology Testing Assistant7,840 EUR-8%
Nuclear Medical Technician10,900 EUR+27%
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Nutrition Assistant10,600 EUR+24%
Occupaitional Therapy Assistant11,000 EUR+29%
Operating Room Scheduler8,310 EUR-3%
Operating Room Services Director25,300 EUR+200%
Ophthalmic Assistant9,810 EUR+15%
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician9,630 EUR+13%
Optician19,700 EUR+130%
Orthopedic Technician9,230 EUR+8%
Orthoptist26,600 EUR+210%
Orthotist26,100 EUR+210%
Pathology Assistant8,510 EUR-0%
Perfusionist29,200 EUR+240%
Phlebotomist18,900 EUR+120%
Pre Authorization Case Manager12,400 EUR+45%
Prosthetist21,000 EUR+150%
Radiation Therapist32,300 EUR+280%
Radiation Therapy Technologist11,000 EUR+29%
Radiographer19,600 EUR+130%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin9,980 EUR
Bremen8,450 EUR
Dortmund8,050 EUR
Dresden8,150 EUR
Dusseldorf9,180 EUR
Essen8,180 EUR
Frankfurt9,320 EUR
Hamburg9,580 EUR
Hannover7,570 EUR
Koln8,790 EUR
Leipzig7,720 EUR
Munchen9,180 EUR
Nurnberg7,610 EUR
Stuttgart8,760 EUR
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