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Minimum wage
in Germany.

SALARY PAYMENT IN Euro (EUR, €)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES German / English

PAYROLL TAX 20.66%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 48 hours

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Germany

    What is the minimum wage in Germany per hour?

    The per hour minimum wage in Germany is €12 (August 2023). This is likely to increase slightly year on year. Overtime hourly pay must be laid out in an employment contract.

    Are there regional variations in Germany minimum wage?

    There are no regional variations in Germany’s minimum wage.

    How has minimum wage in Germany changed in the last 5 years and beyond?

    Minimum wage in Germany has changed over the years, and it is likely to slight increase each year. It typically increases between 1-3% yearly.

    DateMin. wage, hourly  rate (€)
    2022

    €9.82

    (legislation in October 2022 was approved to create an increased minimum wage of €12 per hour, which is an irregular increase. Increases are likely to go back to normal in the future).

    2021€9.50
    2020€9.35
    2019€9.19
    2018€8.84

    How does the minimum wage in Germany compare to surrounding countries?

    Germany shares a border with 9 countries, the most of any European country. Therefore, minimum wage in the surrounding countries varies. For example:

    • France: €10.57 per hour (2022)
    • Denmark: €17.79 per hour (2022)
    • Czech Republic: approximately €4 per hour (2022)

    Is there a different minimum wage for expats in Germany?

    There is not a different minimum wage for foreigners in Germany.

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    Your business can easily hire employees in Germany without opening a local entity. We handle local employment law, complex tax regulations, and international payroll in 180+ countries worldwide. All you need to do is focus on your business.

    FAQs

    The median salary in Germany is €41,000 per year. The minimum wage for a full-time employee in Germany is approximately €18,000 per year. This is a difference of more than €20,000 and it is something you need to think about when looking for skilled and reliable labor in Germany.

    It is generally not possible, nor advisable, to hire skilled workers near the minimum wage in Germany. When hiring international employees on a dispersed team, it is usually a wiser investment to hire employees with track records of success and several years of experience who you know can work independently and be successful.

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