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Node.js Developer Salary Trends in Germany

3 February 2023 , by Josh Nel

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It’s a good time to be a software developer in Germany. Europe’s largest economy unsurprisingly has some of the EU’s largest software companies too. Node.js is a hugely popular JavaScript runtime environment, making developers experienced in it a valuable asset. In this article, we look at what Node.js developers in Germany can expect to earn through their careers.


Entry-level Node.js developers start off earning an average annual salary of €28 286. That’s 21% less than their JavaScript counterparts.

After two years in the business, however, they can expect a 26.1% pay hike for an annual salary of €35 676, 19.7% (€8 733) less than JavaScript developers at this level, and 22.1% (€10 146) less than React developers.

Once they’ve passed the four-year mark, Node.js developers see their compensation grow by 28.5% to €45 836. As a result of this increase, they’ve narrowed the gap between them and their JavaScript counterparts to 8.8% (€4 433). However, they still earn 16.5% (€9 068) less than React developers with comparable experience.

Junior developers’ salaries grow at such a rapid rate because they’re typically more mobile in this stage of their careers, switching companies with greater frequency and negotiating more generous pay increases than they might work for several years at the same organisation.

Average Node.js Developer Salaries by Experience

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 €11,220 €28,287 €32,400
2-4 €23,040 €35,676 €37,800
4-6 €37,125 €45,836 €48,100
6-10 €44,200 €53,316 €55,200
10-15 €51,600 €61,458 €62,000

Once they pass the six-year mark, Node.js developers’ salary increases start slowing a little. At this stage in their careers, they will usually work longer stints for companies as they take on responsibilities beyond coding, including project management, testing, and mentoring and developing co-workers.

For this reason, they’re unlikely to have such impactful negotiating opportunities. Moreover, companies might be reluctant to grant major increases to already expensive employees.

Nevertheless, developers with six years’ experience under their belts still get a reasonable 16.3% bump up to €53 315. That puts them 13.5% (€8 353) behind similarly experienced JavaScript developers, and 15.3% (€9 666) behind their React counterparts.

Senior Node.js developers with ten to fifteen years experience see their salaries rise by another 15.2% to €61 457. At this stage in their careers, they’re still earning less than developers with comparable experience in JavaScript (18.5%, or €13 977 ahead) and React (20.3%, or €15 682 ahead).

Keep in mind

The data in this article is taken from StackOverflow’s 2022 Developer Survey open data. In this article, ‘salary’ refers to the gross annual salary (before tax) provided by 654 survey respondents from Germany who identified as Node.js developers.

We only included salary insights for experience levels with enough data points to ensure that the amounts represent Node.js developers in the country.

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 represent Node.js 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 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 also 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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