Working in Berlin: Salary

If a company is bound to the Berlin collective agreement regulations, then current collective agreements salary rules apply. If not, then salary is usually freely negotiated and may vary depending on the qualifications, experience and sector. The average annual gross salary of skilled workers and executives in Berlin is 43,353 euros.

The reputation that salaries in Berlin are below the national level is long past. When discussing salary, it is important to note that the cost of living in Berlin is lower than in other German cities. This means that rent, electricity, gas, groceries and everyday expenses are much cheaper than in other large cities, such as Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. Taking into account the interplay between salary and cost of living, Berlin is on par with the national average.

Job security: Employment contract

If you conclude an employment contract with a Berlin employer, the conditions that you set in preliminary talks and negotiations with the prospective employer apply. An employment contract is almost always concluded in writing and should always contain the following items:

  • Name and address
  • Start date (beginning of the employment relationship)
  • End date (yes or no)
  • Trial period (duration of the trial period)
  • Location of the job
  • Job description
  • Remuneration (bonuses, premiums, regulations regarding taxes and fees)
  • Work hours (usually 5 days a week, 40 hours a week, eight hours a day, plus a one-hour lunch break)
  • Notice periods
  • Collective agreements and works agreements (special regulations, please check with the employer)
  • Vacation days (minimum statutory leave: 24 days)

OUR TIP: If you feel unsure when checking your employment contract, you can consult a lawyer.