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Top salaries 2019: They exist in these professions, sectors and regions

2020-08-20T13:07:26.643Z

In which sectors do specialists and managers earn the most money? What role does the subject and the region play? A new salary report provides answers.



In which sectors do specialists and managers earn the most money? What role does the subject and the region play? A new salary report provides answers.

In the jungle of salaries, it is difficult to keep track of things. After completing their studies or training, many are wondering in which professions and industries they can earn the most money. A new salary study shows where the biggest salaries are waiting for you.

Salary 2019: How much you earn depends on various factors

The current 2019 salary report of the Stepstone job portal shows: In Germany, specialists and managers earn an  average of 58,090 euros a year . With personnel responsibility, the salary amounts to an average of 67,868 euros, without at least 51,176 euros per year. 

That doesn't sound bad at first, but the salaries vary a lot. The differences between occupational groups, sectors or even regions are great, so the average of all salaries can only be a rough guide. 

If you want to earn a lot, you have to get detailed information. The decisive course is often set when choosing the subject and training , as these already specify a certain professional field or even the profession. According to this, the earning potential varies with the choice of industry, company size, state and of course professional experience and responsibility.

In order to show how much Germans earn and what factors influence their salaries, Stepstone analyzed the data of around  85,000 specialists and executives . We show you the result here.

The highest salaries are possible with these subjects

If you look at the salaries of employees with a university degree, you can see very quickly which studies will earn you a lot of money later. Medical, computer science and engineering students in particular have the edge when it comes to salaries.

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Subject

Annual gross salary

1

Medicine and dentistry

81,608 euros

2

industrial engineering

74,260 euros

3

business Informatics

73,619 euros

4th

Engineering

72,058 euros

5

Mathematics and computer science

70,827 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

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This is where you earn the most money

"Keep your eyes open when choosing a career": What already applies to your studies continues later with your actual career choice. But not only doctors, engineers and financial specialists really come up trumps here. You also earn good money as a consultant, lawyer or insurance employee.

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job

Annual gross salary

1

doctors

77,359 euros

2

Finances

72,222 euros

3

Banks

64,152 euros

4th

(Business) consultant

63,717 euros

5

Engineers

62,802 euros

6th

IT

62,278 euros

7th

Law

61,690 euros

8th

marketing

60,468 euros

9

distribution

58,020 euros

10

staff

57,593 euros

11

Scientific research
and laboratory

56,317 euros

12

PR

56,000 euros

13

Insurance

55,874 euros

14th

Technical apprenticeships

53,292 euros

15th

Purchasing, materials management and
logistics

47,907 euros

16

Design and layout

47,058 euros

17th

Administration and secretariat

43,919 euros

18th

Craft

43,034 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

Also read: The ten highest paid professions in Germany 2019

In these industries, high salaries attract

Anyone who has already decided on a career also determines an important factor for their salary with the industry. Banks, the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the automotive and chemical industries are particularly attractive here with generous paychecks.

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Branch

Annual gross salary

1

Banks

70,823 euros

2

Pharmaceutical industry

70,043 euros

3

Vehicle construction / suppliers

67,942 euros

4th

Chemical and petroleum processing
industries

67,753 euros

5

Insurance

66,327 euros

6th

Aerospace

66,188 euros

7th

Medical technology

65,892 euros

8th

Mechanical and plant engineering

65,320 euros

9

Consumer and durables

65,164 euros

10

Financial service providers

64,735 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

Salaries according to education and professional experience

When it comes to professional experience, the longer you have been working in your profession, the higher your salary will increase - regardless of your educational qualification. It is certainly no secret that academics earn more on average than those who work in apprenticeships.

work experience

Annual gross salary

Academics

Annual gross salary 

Non-academics

up to 2 years

47,541 euros

35,933 euros

3-5 years

55,721 euros

41,296 euros

6-10 years

66,837 euros

45,578 euros

11-25 years

81,586 euros

52,358 euros

more than 25 years

83,621 euros

54,989 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

Executives: This is how much you earn with personnel responsibility

Executives with personal responsibility in Germany earn an average of EUR 67,868 gross per year. The actual salary for bosses depends on the number of employees who report to them: the more employees, the more responsibility - and the higher the check at the end of the month.

number of

imputed

Employee


Average annual gross salary

1-4 employees

57,301 euros

5-14 employees

68,046 euros

15-49 employees

75,531 euros

50-100 employees

84,703 euros

more than 100 employees

102,531 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

Salary by state: flexibility pays off

If you are looking for a job and want to earn as much as possible, you should primarily move to the south of Germany. Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg beckon with a strong economy . However, the front runner in terms of salaries is Hesse. No wonder, because the banking metropolis of Frankfurt attracts people from the financial sector - who in turn earn good money.

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State*

Annual gross salary

1

Hesse

65,296 euros

2

Baden-Württemberg

62,375 euros

3

Bavaria

62,172 euros

4th

Hamburg

60,774 euros

5

North Rhine-Westphalia

58,846 euros

6th

Bremen

57,881 euros

7th

Rhineland-Palatinate

55,275 euros

8th

Saarland

54,710 euros

9

Berlin

54,247 euros

10

Lower Saxony

53,545 euros

11

Schleswig-Holstein

52,105 euros

12

Brandenburg

45,066 euros

13

Thuringia

44,102 euros

14th

Saxony

43,096 euros

15th

Saxony-Anhalt

42,340 euros

16

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

42,063 euros

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

Surprising: in these regions women earn more than men

Salary according to company size: the bigger, the better

The size of the company also plays a significant role in terms of salary. Employees in medium-sized companies earn around ten percent below the average, while employees in corporations with more than 1,000 employees are around 15 percent higher. 

Number of employees

Annual gross salary

compared to

Average salary

1-500 employees

52,220 euros

- 10%

501-1,000 employees

60,367 euros

+ 4%

more than 1,000 employees

66,810 euros

+ 15%

Source: Stepstone Salary Report 2019

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