Employees in IT in Germany can expect an average of 67,200 euros per year, even without personnel responsibility. This is shown by the “IT Salary Report 2023” from the placement portal Hays. The tendencies of the results are similar to the well-known patterns: in higher positions there are rising salaries, women get less than men – keyword gender pay gap -, less can be earned in the East than in the West. The numbers in the report are still exciting, also because the analysis is more detailed than usual.
In addition to the average values, which are susceptible to upward outliers, the Hays salary report also presents median values, above and below which half of the respondents are moving. The median for all IT employees in Germany is therefore 65,900 euros, while young professionals with less than two years of experience have to be content with 47,400 euros. The median salary then rises relatively steadily until the median salary is 70,700 euros after 10 years of service.
Data analysis pays well
Work in the Data & Advanced Analytics sector is particularly highly paid. There you can get 70,000 euros – just like in IT project management. Cybersecurity experts come to almost the same amount at 69,000 euros. Software developers receive a significantly lower gross salary of 65,000 euros. Software architects stand out in this sub-group, with a median salary of 78,000 euros. Back-end developers have to make do with 56,000 euros, which is the lowest value among developers.
While industry also offers 73,300 euros, the public sector pays its IT professionals a median salary of 60,000 euros, which is significantly lower. Compared to the rest of the industry, a job in automotive manufacturing or with suppliers is particularly lucrative, with a median of EUR 79,200 waiting. Health and social services form the other end of the spectrum, with a gross income of 58,000 euros.
Higher position, higher pay
Anyone who is promoted can of course also expect higher income: In the team management there is 79,500 euros to be fetched in the media, in the department management then 87,800 euros. Anyone who manages their entire business area receives 120,100 euros. In the latter category, the gender pay gap is particularly large: 19 percent of male managers earn more than their female colleagues. The difference is 11 percent for people with personnel responsibility and 13 percent for skilled workers.
However, the high salaries in the industry do not satisfy everyone: less than 40 percent of the skilled workers surveyed said they were at least satisfied with their own salary. In the area management, however, it is at least 61 percent. The willingness of skilled workers to change is correspondingly high, with three out of four of them would change jobs for a higher salary.
The data for the Hays salary report comes from an online survey from March to April 2023, in which a total of 1,285 people took part. The sample of respondents consists of around a third of managers and two thirds of specialists. Because there were 151 team leaders among those surveyed who were able to provide information about the salaries of their team members, the Hays evaluation is based on salary data from 3,500 IT employees in Germany. The full Hays salary study, including more detailed information, will be available next Tuesday, September 12, 2023. The data is already available to iX.
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