Average Salary in Berlin

Berlin average salary report 2015

What is the average salary in Berlin? View to the Berlin TV Tower - Photo: T.Bortels/nuBerlin.com

The Berlin office for statistics Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg have just released numbers about the Average Salary in Berlin (2015 Q3). And I must admit I am a little bit surprised about some of the details.

Monthly Average Salary in Berlin in 2015: 2.953 Euro

If you add all the number up – the average salary for full time employed, part time employed and marginally employed employees (men and women) the total gross salary would have been 2.953 Euro in the third quarter of 2015. That would equal a yearly gross salary of 35.436 Euro – about 1,9% more than in the third quarter of 2014.

Depending on what you are used to this average salary of 35.436 Euro per year may or may not sound like a lot of money. As far as I know the cost of living in Berlin is still rather ‘affordable’ if you compare it to other larger cities like London, Paris or New York. However please keep in mind that these numbers are before tax, so some 30% – 40% may still be going off to the German tax authorities. So the above average salary may turn into some 24k Euro before it even arrives on your bank account.

However, when you take a look at the details of the salary report, there are actually some small ‘surprises’ hidden. Or at least to me it was a bit surprising to learn that also in Berlin men and women are still not equal – female and male employees are not paid equally. And while the average salary for both men and women has risen, it has actually risen just a bit more for male employees – and a bit less for female employees. So the inequality in payment of male and female employees seems to continue for now – the gap widens.

But let’s have a look at the bare numbers. I won’t go too much into detail, since the report is just a bit too detailed for my taste – so here are at least some of the ‘key figures’ numbers from the Berlin office for statistics:

Average Salary in Berlin 2015

average monthly gross salary in Berlin
change compared to Q3 2014
Full time, part time and minor employment
total 2.953 Euro + 1,9 %
men 3.325 Euro + 3,0 %
women 2.588 Euro + 1,1 %
Full time employment
total 3.656 Euro + 3,8 %
men 3.858 Euro + 3,9 %
women 3.357 Euro + 3,4 %
Part time employment
total 1.957 Euro + 2,5 %
men 1.798 Euro + 4,1 %
women 2.014 Euro + 2,0 %
Marginal employment
total 335 Euro + 6,2%
men 340 Euro + 6,5 %
women 331 Euro + 6,0 %

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