Germany is home to Europe’s third and fourth largest tech hubs, Berlin and Munich. As a result, its tech sector has flourished in recent years, with the software market booming and now the second-largest in Europe. In this article, we’ll look at what mobile developers can expect to earn throughout their careers and how this compares with the average salaries for backend, frontend, and full stack developers.
Average junior mobile developer salary trends
Junior mobile developers in Germany with two to four years of experience earn an average annual salary of €47 430. That’s 4.3% (€1 946) more than frontend developers and 6.8% (€3 019) more than backend. However, they earn 6.2% (€3 126) less than full stack developers at this stage of their careers.
Once they pass the four years of experience mark, mid-level mobile developers can expect a 7% (€3 300) increase. This gives them an average salary of €50 730. However, that narrows their earnings lead on frontend developers to just 2.4% (€1 184). They now trail their full stack and backend counterparts by 12.5% (€7 226) more and 6.9% (€3 732), respectively.
Although their earnings don’t increase dramatically in the early years, mobile developers can expect sizeable increases at the senior level.
Average Mobile Developer Salaries by Experience
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Average senior mobile developer salary trends
Once they’ve gained at least six years of experience, mobile developers in Germany can expect a 19.3% (€9 775) increase. This gives them an average annual salary of €60 505. At this level, they’re ahead of frontend developers by 3.8% (€2 203) and full stack developers by 2.6% (€1 549). However, they earn 10.3% (€6 981) less than their backend counterparts.
Mobile developers with 10-15 years of experience can expect an increase of 19.8% (€12 009), which puts the average senior mobile developer salary at €72 514. As a result of this increase, they’ve extended their lead over senior frontend developers to 8% (€5 353) and full stack developers to 5.8% (€3 988). At this stage of their careers, they’ve narrowed the gap to backend developers to 3.3% (€2 471) more.
Senior mobile developers are responsible for reviewing the accuracy and functionality of code work, analysing code segments, staying abreast of industry and technological trends, and managing teams of more junior developers. As such, they’re valuable employees, especially in a market such as Germany where demand is high, and rewarded accordingly.
Keep in mind
The data in this article is taken from StackOverflow’s 2022 Developer Survey’s open data. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross annual salary (before tax) provided by 165 survey respondents from Germany who identified as mobile developers.
We only included salary insights for experience levels with enough data points to ensure that the amounts represent mobile developers in the country. That’s why we’ve omitted developers with less than two and more than fifteen years of experience from the 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 mobile developers in Germany. We’ve also included the 25th and 75th percentiles to give you further information about the distribution of salary data.
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 show 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 the work. These factors influence the salary a company will offer prospective hires. In addition, most developers are “fluent” in several languages and work across multiple roles, affecting 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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