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Starting salary: Men keep making this one mistake - and they end up being right

2020-10-09T11:08:56.876Z

Many university graduates misjudge their starting salary - often with consequences. A study shows what salaries young professionals expect and how high they actually turn out in the end.



Many university graduates misjudge their starting salary - often with consequences.

A study shows what salaries young professionals expect and how high they actually turn out in the end.

  • University graduates often overestimate the level of starting salary that awaits them after graduation.

  • Men in particular like to be wrong - with consequences.

  • In some areas, there are clear differences in the assessment of the starting salary.

Earning your first own money at last - this is what many university graduates dream of.

But many estimate the starting salary * completely wrong after successfully completing their studies, as a study shows.

Men in particular often overshoot.

Starting salary: University graduates overestimate themselves

As the job platform StepStone found out in cooperation with the consulting firm Universum,

university graduates expect

an average of around 44,700 euros

for their first salary.

However, the actual starting salary is lower, at around 42,500 euros on average.

There are definitely

differences between the disciplines

: While economists and industrial engineers generally expect a higher starting salary (around 4,000 to 5,000 euros more per year), graduates in psychology and natural sciences even earn more than they would have expected.

Graduates - major

avg.

Gross starting salary

expected gross starting salary

psychology

41,000 euros

approx. 37,700 euros

Natural sciences

46,600 euros

approx. 43,900 euros

Economics

40,700 euros

approx. 45,100 euros

industrial engineering

46,800 euros

approx. 52,000 euros

all disciplines

42,500 euros

44,700 euros

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Men shoot over the target - and earn more in the end

However, the greatest differences are found between men and women.

As the study shows, female students expect around 9,200 euros less than their male fellow students.

And that with serious consequences for the entire salary development: "For

many, the

real

wage gap between women and men already arises with the salary expectations when applying

for their first job - and this often remains permanent," says Tina Smetana, Country Manager Germany at Universum .

For example, men expect an impressive 5,000 euros more than their actual starting salary when they get their first job - and in

the end they earn around 5,600 euros more than women

.

"The fact that the salary expectations are sometimes so different is also due to the fact that young professionals often simply do not know which salaries are common in the various industries and occupational groups," says André Schaefer, salary expert at StepStone.

"More transparency, also on the part of employers, would reduce this gap right from the start."

(As) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.

Also interesting:

Starting salary: This is where you earn the most after graduation.

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Source: merkur

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