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Tech Career Insights: Front End Developer Salary Trends in Germany

Front End Developer Salary Trends in Germany

By Josh Nel

Germany is a major player in Europe’s tech landscape and home to major tech hubs like Berlin and Munich, the continent’s third and fourth largest tech hubs, respectively. This makes it one of the best countries for software developers, including front end developers. Here, we’ll take a look at average front end developer salaries at each stage of their careers and how they compare to those of their full stack counterparts.

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Average entry-level and junior front end developer salary

The average salary for an entry-level front end developer in Germany starts at €36 587 per year for developers with fewer than two years of experience.

At this stage of their careers, entry-level front end developers in Germany earn 4.7% more than full stack developers with comparable experience.

After they’ve in the profession for at least two years, they receive the most significant pay rise of their careers at 24.3%. This gives junior front end developers an average annual salary of €45 484.

By this stage of their careers, they’ve fallen behind their full stack counterparts and now earn 10% less on average.

Once they pass the four-year mark, salary growth for mid-level front end developers slows to 8.9% giving them an average yearly salary of €49 546. As a result of this slowdown, they’ve fallen further behind intermediate full stack developers with the gap widening to 14.5%

Average Front End Developer Salaries by Experience

Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 €29,075 €36,587 €46,475
2-4 €34,780 €45,484 €57,500
4-6 €39,450 €49,546 €61,250
6-10 €44,250 €58,302 €69,600
10-15 €51,000 €67,161 €78,570

Average senior front end developer salary

Salary growth for front end developers in Germany picks up once they become seniors:

Senior front end developers with six to ten years of experience can expect a 17.7% pay bump for an average annual salary of €58 302.

As a result, the gap between full stack and frontend developers has narrowed to 1.1%.

They can look forward to an additional 15.2% pay rise once they pass the ten-year mark. This gives front end developers with ten to fifteen years of experience an average salary of €67 161, which is 2% less than their full stack counterparts.

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from open data from StackOverflow’s 2022 Developer Survey. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross annual salary (before tax) provided by 452 survey respondents from Germany who identified as front end developers.

We only included salary insights for experience levels with enough data points to ensure that the amounts are representative of front end developers in the country. That’s why we excluded salaries for developers with more than fifteen years of experience in this article.

We also ran an outlier analysis to identify data points skewing the distribution of salaries. These points were removed from the final dataset to ensure that the amounts are representative of front end developers in Germany.

Average salaries are single data points and only one part of a bigger story. Many respondents may earn significantly more or significantly less than these averages. However, we aim to track underlying trends by mapping the average salaries for different experience levels.

These averages should not be used to estimate what your actual salary will or should be.

Salaries depend on the company size, industry, individual, perks and nature of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire. In addition, most developers are “fluent” in several languages and work across multiple roles, which will affect the final figures.

It’s also important to remember that every individual’s context is different. Salary is a personal conversation that should take place between employee and employer.

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