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Salary: These are the highest-paid professions in Germany in 2021

2021-09-15T04:02:45.660Z

Anyone who wants to be among the top earners in Germany should choose their profession carefully. We show in which jobs the best salaries will be paid in 2021 - and where not.



Anyone who wants to be among the top earners in Germany should choose their profession carefully.

We show in which jobs the best salaries will be paid in 2021 - and where not.

  • The gap between the

    salaries of specialists and managers

    *

    is still large in Germany.

  • A study shows which

    professions are

    ahead when it comes to salaries.

  • It is also

    worth taking

    a look at the

    best-paid apprenticeships

    and the

    worst-paid professions

    .

In which professions is the

highest salary

on the

pay

slip?

Which job is the highest paid in Germany?

A recent study reveals that.

Salary 2021: This is the highest-paid profession in Germany 

Anyone who wants to earn good money in Germany should become a

doctor

.

Because here the working people not only have a high reputation, but also a full wallet.

This is shown by the new 2021 salary

atlas of

the online portal

Salary.de.

The number one among the best-paid professions is the chief physician.

These doctors earn

a median *

proud

196,300 euros

gross per year.

Immediately after them, senior physicians take second place, with an equally impressive annual gross salary of 121,700 euros.

In comparison: specialists and managers earn just 43,200 euros gross per year (median *).

If you are looking for professional happiness outside of medicine, you will also find other management positions

As with the sales control (94,800 euros gross) and in the regional sales management (90,800 euros gross), as you can see here at a glance:

Salary: An overview of the highest-paid professions in Germany

place

job

Median * salary (gross) per year

Average salary (gross) per year

1

Chief physician, resident physician

196,251 euros

212,808 euros

2

Senior physician

121,748 euros

129,697 euros

3

Sales control / sales management

94,796 euros

103,836 euros

4th

Regional sales manager for capital goods

90,812 euros

96,868 euros

5

Commercial Management

90,661 euros

101,900 euros

6th

IT management

88,610 euros

96,076 euros

Source: gehalt.de, Salary Atlas 2021

* The median is the value in a row that lies exactly in the middle when the values ​​are sorted according to size.

The median is therefore more precise than the average value as it is not influenced by individual extremely high or extremely low values.

For the 2021 salary

atlas

,

220,502 remuneration data from

the portals gehalt.de, gehaltsvergleich.com and the consulting company Compensation Partner were evaluated, which go back to the last twelve months. 

40 percent of these come from female, 60 percent from male employees.

It is noteworthy that the proportion of

employees with personnel responsibility is only seven percent

, 93 percent are skilled workers without personnel responsibility. 

Also read:

Salary comparison: How much do Germans earn?

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Which occupation has the lowest salary?

Where there is a lot of light, there is naturally also a lot of shadow, as figures from the 2019 salary atlas show.

In many professions, Germans earn so poorly that you can barely keep yourself afloat with your monthly salary.

The sad "top spot" is attested by the

kitchen

helpers

, who have to get by with an average of just 

23,454 euros a year

.

Just behind are hairdressers in second place and waiters in third place.

The worst paid professions at a glance (without personnel responsibility):

place

job

Median * salary (gross) per year

Average salary (gross) per year

1

Kitchen Help

21,907 euros

23,454 euros

2

Hair stylist

23,202 euros

24,434 euros

3

Waitress

23,619 euros

24,884 euros

4th

call center agent

25,200 euros

28,101 euros

5

Receptionist

25,372 euros

27,282 euros

6th

Cashiers

26,572 euros

28,363 euros

7th

Cook

27,195 euros

29,053 euros

8th

Dental assistant

27,993 euros

29,461 euros

9

Nursing staff

28,002 euros

30,357 euros

10

Professional driver

28,436 euros

30,467 euros

Source: gehalt.de, Salary Atlas 2019

* The median is the value in a row that lies exactly in the middle when the values ​​are sorted according to size.

The median is therefore more precise than the average value as it is not influenced by individual extremely high or extremely low values.

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These are the best-paid training courses in Germany

Which training courses are best paid in Germany?

According to a ranking by Salary.de (as of 2014), prospective

air traffic controllers

earn the

best.

Already in the second year of the apprenticeship, salaries of 3,000 to 4,500 euros can be expected. 

But they also have a lot of responsibility for this: Air traffic controllers issue take-off and landing permits and navigate aircraft - and are therefore responsible for many human lives.

An overview of other well-paid apprenticeships:

place

education

monthly gross salary over the entire apprenticeship period

1

Air traffic controller

3,000 to 4,500 euros

2

Inland skipper

800 to 1,100 euros

3

Insurance agent

650 to 1,000 euros

4th

Bank clerk

650 to 1,000 euros

5

Mechatronics technician

800 to 1,000 euros (3.5 years of apprenticeship) 

6th

Technical illustrator

700 to 1,000 euros

7th

Policewoman

up to 1,100 euros

8th

IT specialist

700 to 900 euros

9

Legal Analyst / Researcher

700 to 800 euros

10

Bricklayer

550 to 1,200 euros

Source: gehalt.de (as of 2014)

Read also:

Salary of craftsmen: This is how much bricklayers, roofers & Co. earn 

What is the salary of teachers in Germany?

Regardless of whether it is elementary school, secondary school or grammar school: teachers are usually among the high earners in Germany - especially if they are

civil servants

.

However, prospective teachers should choose the type of school very carefully, because primary school teachers complain about lower salaries than teachers at grammar schools or vocational schools.

You can find out exactly how much teachers in Germany earn in this article.

What is the salary of educators in Germany?

Educators in day nurseries, kindergartens or other institutions often earn relatively little, measured against their long training and the psychological and physical stress.

You can read in this article how high the salary of educators really is.

What is the salary of engineers?

Whether mechanical, electrical or civil engineer: The salaries for engineers in Germany usually look pretty decent.

But as is so often the case, the industry plays a major role in payment.

Here you can find out in which industries the big salaries are for engineers.

Salary: How much do you earn at Aldi and Lidl?

Aldi and Lidl offer groceries at low prices.

But do the employees have to cut back on their salaries?

How much do discount store employees earn each month?

You can find out here.

How much do geriatric nurses earn?

Elderly care workers work in a social profession that

requires a

lot of strength and empathy

.

This job is extremely important for our society - but what is the salary?

Find out how much geriatric nurses earn in public, private, and church institutions in this article.

What is the salary of nurses and nurses?

Many nurses are working in their dream job.

But no matter how fulfilling the most beautiful job can be - if the salary is too low, frustration quickly spreads.

This article will tell you how much nurses and nurses really make.

What do doctors earn in clinics and practices? 

Doctors are among the best-paid professional groups in Germany.

But how much they really earn depends not least on the

specialist area

, professional experience and place of work.

This is because practice doctors suffer from the often enormously high costs for personnel and equipment.

This overview shows how high the salary of clinic and practice doctors is in the different specialist areas. 

What salaries are paid in the public service?

Public service employees work for municipal, federal and state institutions.

These include, for example, tax officials, educators in municipal kindergartens, professors at universities, registrars and fire brigade employees.

You are

paid according to the tariff (TVöD).

How much this comes out for the individual depends on the occupation and employment group and the corresponding classification.

You can find out how much public sector employees can earn in this article.

What salary do you earn as an office clerk?

Office clerks are popular professions - even if the training is now called differently.

But here, too, applicants have to

pay attention

to the

industry

if they want to earn well.

You can find out how high the salary of office clerks is here.

More articles from our salary series:

  • Salary comparison: how much do Germans earn?

  • What are the best paid apprenticeships in Germany?

  • That's how much managers earn

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