{Study} Salary and career: This is what young professionals and managers deserve

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{Study} Salary and career: Deserving young professionals and managers {Study} Salary and career: Deserving young professionals and managers

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Career entry, career and salary by state and industry


Especially for young professionals and young executives, the question is interesting: How much do others earn in the same occupations and industries? The content comparison portal salary.de has analyzed 49.646 salary data of academic employees with up to six years of professional experience from the last 12 months and to Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®Founder and publisher Simone Janson interviewed.

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It was also discussed which professions are chosen most frequently after graduation, how to make the ascent to the leading position and in which state gives it the most money. The result in brief: Academics earn the most after their graduation in Baden-Württemberg (48.000 Euro). In a sector comparison, the automotive industry (51.900 Euro) scores best. The change to management positions takes place mostly in 30. Age.

Top industry for young professionals: the automotive industry


Baden-Wuerttemberg is the most lucrative federal state for academic entrants with a starting salary of around 48.000 Euro every year. Bavaria (46.500 Euro) and Hesse (45.400 Euro) also have a relatively high salary level. In the new federal states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, however, graduates receive significantly lower salaries. There they are each under 40.000 Euro.

The highest starting salary is paid to academics in the automotive industry. Here they earn around 51.900 Euro at the start of their career. The mechanical and shipbuilding industry (49.500 Euro) as well as the software industry (49.400 Euro) are lucrative sectors to enter the world of work.

Academics work most often in these professions


Social and social scientists deserve 35.700 Euro at the beginning of their career. They are most often used in social work and education and receive 34.300 Euro annually. Mathematicians and computer scientists earn 47.300 Euro in their first three years of employment.

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Employees in this field increasingly start their careers as developers or IT consultants and receive an annual income from 46.200 or 50.000 Euro. A degree in technical-mathematical fields obviously provides optimal conditions for the salary negotiation.

Economists earn around 41.800 Euro


After graduation, engineers receive a salary of around 47.800 Euro and work predominantly in project management and construction. Here they earn a gross annual income of 47.000Euro. After studying economics, graduates receive 41.800 Euro at the beginning of their studies.

Most often they work as controllers or business consultants. Professionals in all subjects are increasingly in the 30. Age to executives. With three to six years of professional experience, they earn a gross salary of around 77.700 euros per year. Around 29 percent of executives drive a company car and receive an annual premium of approximately 8.000 Euro.

All results at a glance


Starting salaries (maximum of three years' professional experience) for academics


Starting salary academics in generalMedianAverage
Bachelor42.585 €45.778 €
Master46.314 €48.416 €

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By region


Academics by federal statesMedianAverage
Baden-Württemberg47.957 €49.812 €
Bavaria46.500 €49.578 €
Hesse45.406 €48.375 €
Nordrhein-Westfalen43.409 €46.222 €
Lower Saxony43.258 €45.430 €
Hamburg43.007 €46.016 €
Rhineland Palatinate42.701 €45.495 €
Bremen41.989 €44.356 €
Schleswig-Holstein41.443 €43.991 €
Saarland41.168 €44.111 €
Berlin39.768 €41.915 €
Thuringia38.043 €39.276 €
Brandenburg37.994 €39.557 €
Saxony37.018 €39.123 €
Sachsen-Anhalt36.627 €39.820 €
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern35.367 €38.006 €

By industry


Top industries Academics overallMedianAverage
Automotive industry51.876 €55.070 €
Mechanical engineering and shipbuilding49.462 €52.010 €
Software49.364 €53.526 €
E-Technology49.180 €52.454 €
Banks and financial services49.011 €51.895 €

Starting salaries by subjects


Social and social sciencesMedianAverage
General35.680 €37.647 €
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Social worker / social worker or social worker34.339 €35.739 €
Editor / -in32.689 €35.194 €
Online Marketing Management33.903 €35.727 €
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Social facilities34.186 €36.292 €
Advertising and PR34.145 €34.277 €
Media and press33.959 €35.957 €

Mathematics and Computer ScienceMedianAverage
General47.250 €49.195 €
Professional favorites
Software Developer Backend46.160 €47.880 €
Software Developer Frontend42.419 €43.821 €
Employees in IT consulting, analysis and conception49.996 €52.854 €
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Software45.127 €46.711 €
IT system houses45.807 €47.894 €
Automotive industry50.685 €54.146 €

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General41.773 €44.120 €
Professional favorites
Controller / -in44.944 €47.546 €
Business Consultant / -in50.660 €53.352 €
Online Marketing Manager / -in39.957 €42.045 €
Industry Favorites
Advertising and PR35.416 €35.953 €
Tax advice and auditing39.973 €41.435 €
Automotive industry48.130 €49.989 €

General47.786 €50.031 €
Professional favorites
Engineer in project management46.838 €49.371 €
Engineer in construction47.415 €49.325 €
Employed in technical research & development52.465 €54.693 €
Industry Favorites
Automotive industry52.288 €54.922 €
engineering office42.393 €43.849 €
Engineering48.722 €50.848 €

Salaries of executives by subject


Executives 3-6 years of work experienceQ1MedianAverage
General67.203 €77.693 €80.932 €
Mathematics and Computer Science65.144 €75.673 €82.087 €
Economics63.191 €71.787 €78.960 €
Social and social sciences41.752 €61.672 €64.356 €
engineering70.177 €75.071 €81.064 €

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