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Minimum wage for low-wage precarious workers: The 10 worst paid jobs in Germany

In Germany there are also many jobs and professions that employees can hardly make a living from. That is why there is the statutory minimum wage, which is supposed to guarantee that. An overview of the worst jobs in the low wage sector.

Precarious and multi-jobbers: people who cannot live on their salary

It sounds paradoxical: According to a study by the Federal Employment Agency, Germany is one of the countries with the highest hourly wages in the world. And yet there are professions in Germany where you barely live on your earned salary, despite tough working conditions.

Quite a few people, so-called multi-jobbers, therefore work 2-3 or even several jobs at the same time in order to make ends meet. This so-called precariat practically lives from hand to mouth and at the end of the month can hardly save anything for personal security and retirement provision.

Low-wage sector: working in constant stress

This is of course a major stress factor. Low wages are a major problem not only in Germany but in many countries and often affect those who can least afford it: women, immigrants, refugees and workers with disabilities. Here are the ten lowest wage jobs in Germany and some of their most important characteristics.

It becomes particularly difficult for these people when a crisis threatens. Then many companies cut their wages, short-time work is booming and collective bargaining agreements fluctuate. What only means a few euros less for well-paid employees is a real catastrophe for low-wage earners in the low-wage sector: Exactly those who already earn little enough have to fear for their livelihood.

How should the statutory minimum wage help?

The statutory minimum wage should solve exactly this problem: The minimum wage is a fixed hourly, daily or monthly amount that employers are legally allowed to pay their employees. In fact, the 10 worst paid jobs in Germany are all jobs to which the statutory minimum wage applies.

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The statutory minimum wage was introduced in Germany in 2015. The introduction of this law had many economic repercussions - from changing the structure of paychecks to setting a higher benchmark for workers' rights.

Statutory minimum wage - an overview of 10 examples

The following list contains the professions with the lowest statutory minimum wage in Germany, although depending on the region, employment relationship and personal circumstances, no general statements need to be made.

  1. Cleaner - 8,50 euros
  2. Production workers - 8,00
  3. Laborers - 7,68
  4. Journeyman baker - 7,20
  5. Kitchen help - 6,80
  6. Cashier in a supermarket - 6,50
  7. Dental assistant - 6,00
  8. Retail salesperson: - € 9,00
  9. Parcel delivery service - € 9,10
  10. Waiter - € 9,50

Who earns how little? Where can you get information about salary in Germany?

There are different ways of calculating the salary. The average hourly minimum wage in Germany is currently EUR 8,84. That means people who work full-time make the equivalent of about $ 10.000 a year.
The average wage for all current jobs is € 25 an hour, or about $ 30 a year. However, there are many low-wage workers in Germany who get less than this average wage at the end of the month.

The wages, for example, provide a good overviewspiegel, an offer from the Economics and Social Science Institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation. The site offers a free salary comparison that includes 200 jobs from around 50 professional areas. Areas as diverse as call centers, metal professions, IT, trade and health professions were evaluated.

How is the salary information calculated?

The salaryspiegel provides information on the income of men and women in the individual occupations. He quantifies the income differences according to professional experience and company size as well as between West and East Germany.

The information is based on information provided by employees, not employers, and shows how much is actually earned in certain occupations. The website offers a great deal of additional information about wages and salaries, such as a database that provides information on collectively regulated remuneration. A gross-net calculator shows what is left of wages and salaries at the end of the day.

In this way you can find out, for example, how much a machine fitter earns, what is the salary of a bank clerk and what a chemical engineer, a construction manager, a physiotherapist, a web designer, an advertising clerk or a kitchen assistant get. If you want to know, take a look at the page.

Which are the 10 worst jobs in Germany?

But the crucial question is: In which industries do you earn the least in Germany? But what are the worst paid jobs in Germany? What are the jobs in Germany where people could earn significantly more?

In doing so, they put through the wagesspiegel The salary information determined represents average values ​​that can vary greatly due to personal circumstances, place of residence and type of employment.

  1. Baker: Is it worth getting up early? For a 39-hour week, bakers have a basic salary of around 1200-1700 euros.
  2. Fish packer: It can get stinky: For a 38-hour week, fish packers receive just 1350 euros gross per month.
  3. Housekeeper: You do the household chores for others, but only get 40-1300 euros a month for a 1800-hour week.
  4. Cleaning staff: Whoever goes cleaning earns around 2000 euros gross according to wagesspiegel.de better than many think.
  5. Hairdressers: And cut: Hairdressers earn particularly poorly - in the west it is 1300 euros, in the east it is even less than 700 euros.
  6. Warehouse workers: Depending on where you live and where you live, there is a rather large wage gap: You can take home between 1250 and 1924 euros a month.
  7. Farmer and animal husband: love for animals does not pay off: farmers and animal farmers earn 1300 to 1680 euros gross per month.
  8. Florists: Florists also have a nice job, but earn little: a maximum of 1592 euros in Bremen, but only 936 euros in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
  9. Ironer: An ironer earns between 1365 and 1510 euros gross per month.
  10. Winegrower: No way about wine, women and singing: a winegrower receives just 1300-1700 euros a month.

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3 responses to "Minimum wage low-wage precariat: The 10 worst paid jobs in Germany"

  1. Dnrjgrink says:

    Minimum wage, what a fucked up topic!

  2. Ilona W. says:

    Very readable text, thanks for that

  3. Karl Heinz says:

    Great post thanks :)

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