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Engineering Average Salaries in Germany 2024

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
3,230 EUR
( 38,800 EUR yearly)

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

A person working in Engineering in Germany typically earns around 3,230 EUR. Salaries range from 1,020 EUR (lowest average) to 6,810 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

Salary Variance

The provided figure represents the median compensation that encompasses housing, transportation, and other perks. The salaries within the Engineering domain in Germany exhibit significant discrepancies across various professions. In case you seek information about the remuneration of a specific position, please refer to the salaries listed below for respective job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Printing Engineer3,080 EUR
Acoustics Engineer3,200 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician2,610 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer3,720 EUR
Associate Engineer2,860 EUR
AutoCAD Drafter1,930 EUR
Autocad Operator2,120 EUR
Automation Engineer3,430 EUR
Automation Engineer3,360 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer3,070 EUR
Biochemical Engineer2,910 EUR
BMS Engineer2,900 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender1,830 EUR
Broadcast Engineer3,080 EUR
CAD Design Engineer3,220 EUR
CAD Designer2,120 EUR
CAE Engineer3,080 EUR
Ceramics Engineer2,990 EUR
Chemical Engineer3,400 EUR
Civil Drafter2,120 EUR
Civil Engineer3,310 EUR
Civil Site Engineer3,230 EUR
Civil Technician2,070 EUR
Cognitive Engineer3,020 EUR
Commissioning Engineer3,110 EUR
Communications Engineer3,680 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,870 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer2,960 EUR
Contract Engineer3,210 EUR
Control Systems Engineer3,040 EUR
Controls Engineer3,200 EUR
Controls Software Engineer2,950 EUR
Corrosion Engineer3,100 EUR
Design Engineer3,220 EUR
Director of Engineering6,320 EUR
Drafter2,080 EUR
Drafting Manager3,740 EUR
Drilling Engineer3,310 EUR
Drilling Foreman1,030 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman1,720 EUR
Electrical Engineer3,680 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager4,720 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist3,350 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,780 EUR
Energy Engineer3,400 EUR
Engine Assembler1,450 EUR
Engineer3,410 EUR
Engineering Account Manager3,760 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer3,810 EUR
Engineering Consultant4,210 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager4,710 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician3,120 EUR
Engineering Manager4,330 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager4,620 EUR
Engineering Production Manager5,990 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst3,620 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 3,690 EUR
Engineering Project Director6,310 EUR
Engineering Project Leader4,130 EUR
Engineering Project Manager4,370 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager5,190 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator2,630 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager4,570 EUR
Engineering Technician2,420 EUR
Engineering Technologist2,590 EUR
Environmental Engineer3,100 EUR
Equipment Engineer2,830 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager4,440 EUR
Estimator2,780 EUR
Fabrication Specialist2,420 EUR
Fabricator1,530 EUR
Facade Engineer3,260 EUR
Fiber Analyst1,910 EUR
Field Engineer3,430 EUR
Field Engineering Manager5,480 EUR
Fire Engineer3,320 EUR
Fitter and Turner1,040 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner3,620 EUR
Generation Engineer3,390 EUR
Genetic Engineer3,720 EUR
Geological Engineer3,410 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer3,390 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,710 EUR
Highway Engineer3,110 EUR
HSE Professional2,970 EUR
Human Machine Interface Engineer3,050 EUR
HVAC Engineer3,600 EUR
HVAC Supervisor2,950 EUR
Industrial Engineer3,200 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist3,090 EUR
Instrument Engineer3,220 EUR
Instrument Technician1,780 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer3,140 EUR
Instrumentation Designer2,630 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer3,140 EUR
Instrumentation Manager3,340 EUR
Irrigation Engineer3,170 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer3,600 EUR
Locomotive Engineer3,280 EUR
Maintenance Engineer3,000 EUR
Maintenance Fitter1,140 EUR
Maintenance Manager3,140 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer3,020 EUR
Marine Engineer3,420 EUR
Materials Engineer3,270 EUR
Materials Researcher3,090 EUR
Materials Technician2,400 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer3,570 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer3,410 EUR
Mechanical Designer2,710 EUR
Mechanical Engineer3,490 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager4,510 EUR
Mechanical Inspector3,140 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer3,410 EUR
Mining Engineer3,160 EUR
Nanotechnology Engineer3,580 EUR
Natural Language Processing Engineer3,580 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer3,720 EUR
Optical Engineer3,030 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler1,710 EUR
PCB Assembler1,130 EUR
Photonics Engineer3,560 EUR
Photonics Technician2,850 EUR
Pipeline Engineer2,820 EUR
Piping Designer1,820 EUR
Piping Engineer3,010 EUR
Planning Engineer3,390 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,530 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer3,220 EUR
Principal Engineer3,300 EUR
Principal Support Engineer3,240 EUR
Process Engineer3,310 EUR
Process Operator1,960 EUR
Product Development Engineer3,420 EUR
Product Development Technician2,310 EUR
Product Engineer3,360 EUR
Product Safety Engineer3,210 EUR
Production Engineer3,340 EUR
Project Engineer3,350 EUR
Proposal Manager4,410 EUR
Purchasing Engineer3,120 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer3,070 EUR
Rail Engineer3,390 EUR
Regional Field Engineer3,480 EUR
Remote Sensing Engineer3,090 EUR
Robotics Engineer3,560 EUR
Robotics Technician2,800 EUR
Safety Engineer3,300 EUR
Safety Inspector2,490 EUR
Safety Manager3,970 EUR
Safety Officer1,710 EUR
Sales Engineer3,510 EUR
Scheduling Engineer3,050 EUR
Security Engineer3,600 EUR
Service Engineer3,500 EUR
Smart Home Engineer3,320 EUR
Solar Engineer3,520 EUR
Staff Engineer3,270 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer3,310 EUR
Stationary Engineer2,860 EUR
Stress Engineer3,170 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer3,290 EUR
Structural Designer2,790 EUR
Structural Engineer3,230 EUR
Structural Technician2,070 EUR
Subsea Engineer3,970 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist3,060 EUR
Surveyor2,560 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer1,600 EUR
Technical Assistant1,670 EUR
Technical Engineer2,810 EUR
Technical Support Engineer2,870 EUR
Tender Engineer2,790 EUR
Test Development Engineer3,090 EUR
Test Engineer3,130 EUR
Transportation Engineer3,070 EUR
Urban Engineer3,180 EUR
Validation Engineer2,870 EUR
Verification Engineer3,220 EUR
Wastewater Engineer3,230 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer3,230 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager4,150 EUR
Wireless Engineer3,430 EUR
Work Planner2,390 EUR

Engineering Jobs Pay Scale and Salaries in Germany

Median and salary distribution Germany Engineering monthly
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Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
3,470 EUR or more
10% of people earn
2,870 to 3,470 EUR
20% of people earn
1,540 EUR or less
65% of people earn
1,540 to 2,870 EUR
Minimum Salary
1,020 EUR
3,020 EUR
6,810 EUR

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

All salary figures displayed here are per month except when noted otherwise.
  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Salaries in Engineering in Germany range from 1,020 EUR (starting average salary) to 6,810 EUR (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher). To clarify, the number presented is not the legally mandated minimum wage. Rather, it represents the lowest figure reported in a salary survey that involved thousands of participants and professionals from across the entire country.

  • Median Salary

    The median income in the field of Engineering is 3,020 EUR, implying that half of the workforce in Germany earns less than this figure, and the other half earns more. It represents the central value of salaries. As a rule of thumb, you would prefer to be part of the group earning above the median wage, situated on the right-hand side of the salary distribution chart.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Two values that are highly correlated with the median are the 25th and 75th percentiles. By examining the salary distribution diagram, it is possible to determine that 25% of individuals employed in Engineering in Germany earn less than 2,260 EUR, while 75% of them earn more. Additionally, the diagram reveals that 75% of individuals earn less than 3,730 EUR, while 25% earn more than that.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    Data was regrouped into brackets to provide a better understanding of what salaries can be expected. This approach was deemed more accurate than relying solely on the average salary, as it offers greater insights into the distribution of salaries in the field of Engineering in Germany. The analysis revealed that roughly 65% of all reported salaries fell within the range of 1,540 EUR to 2,870 EUR. Approximately 20% of salaries were below the 1,540 EUR mark, while 10% ranged from 2,870 EUR to 3,470 EUR. Only 5% of individuals earned a gross salary of 3,470 EUR or higher.

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally, the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees in Engineering in Germany having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.
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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income?

We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degree levels across many jobs in Engineering in Germany, below are our findings.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a certificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 EUR to 57,400 EUR and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

Employees can't expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming they 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 to a higher-paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on the situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if a person can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. Degree costs can be recovered roughly in a year or so.

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender / Engineering / Germany

Salary comparison by gender Germany Engineering monthly
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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? In the field of Engineering in Germany, the average difference between the salary of male and female employees is 6%.

3,330 EUR
3,140 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage / Engineering / Germany

How much are annual salary increments in Germany for individuals working in Engineering? How often do employees get salary raises?

Professionals working in Engineering in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Germany Engineering
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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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Germany
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The term Annual Salary Increase usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rare 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%.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
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Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Bonus and Incentive Rates / Engineering / Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Engineering
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41% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% 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.

Hourly Average Wage / Engineering / Germany

19 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Engineering in Germany is 19 EUR.This is the rate they get paid for every worked hour.

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

About The Hourly Pay Rate

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 fixed 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.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for people working in Engineering in Germany is 6 EUR. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin3,680 EUR
Bremen3,190 EUR
Dortmund3,120 EUR
Dresden3,010 EUR
Dusseldorf3,380 EUR
Essen3,250 EUR
Frankfurt3,440 EUR
Hamburg3,620 EUR
Hannover2,930 EUR
Koln3,500 EUR
Leipzig3,070 EUR
Munchen3,560 EUR
Nurnberg2,880 EUR
Stuttgart3,310 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working in a private company or the government? The difference between the public or government sector salaries and the private sector salaries in Germany is 5% on average across all career fields.

Private Sector
3,740 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,910 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary in Engineering in Germany?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 3,020 EUR and 3,730 EUR. This is a very rough estimate. Experience and education play a very huge part in the final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salary after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for jobs in Engineering in Germany ranges from 1,020 EUR to 2,260 EUR. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range with a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people earn 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

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