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Python Developer Salary Trends in Germany

18 July 2023, by Josh Nel

Germany is home to Europe’s third and fourth largest tech hubs, Berlin and Munich. This makes it one of the best countries for software developers, including Python developers. Here, we’ll take a look at average salaries for Python developers at each stage of their careers and how they compare to Java and JavaScript developer salaries.


Average entry-level and junior Python developer salaries

The average entry-level Python developer salary in Germany starts at €37 004 per year for developers with less than two years of experience.

That puts the average Python developer’s salary 3.3% higher than the average for entry-level JavaScript developers in the country but 6.8% lower than Java developers with comparable experience.

Python developers in Germany can look forward to the most significant pay rise of their careers once they have two years of experience under their belts.

Python developers with two to four years of experience see their salaries increase by 27.1%, giving them an average annual salary of €47 046.

As a result of this increase, they’ve extended their lead over JavaScript developers to 5.9%. They’ve also overtaken their Java counterparts and earned 9.7% more.

Once they pass the four-year mark, mid-level Python developers experience an additional 26.5% increase for an average annual salary of €59 530. The gap between themselves and their Java and JavaScript counterparts has now widened to 9.7% and 18.4%, respectively.

Salary growth for Python developers in Germany begins to slow once they reach higher levels of seniority. Python developers with six to ten years of experience can expect a 17.6% pay rise, giving them an average salary of €69 984.

While they’ve extended their lead over Java developers to 15.4%, they’ve seen their edge over their JavaScript counterparts narrow to 13.5%.

The average senior Python developer’s salary increases by a further 12.3% after they’ve been coding professionally for ten to fifteen years.

This gives them an average salary of €78 559, 4.1% and 8.5% more than their JavaScript and Java counterparts, respectively.

Average Python Developer Salaries by Experience

Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles
Years of Experience 25th Percentile Average 75th Percentile
0-2 €23,400 €37,004 €49,700
2-4 €33,000 €47,046 €60,300
4-6 €42,600 €59,530 €69,000
6-10 €51,600 €69,984 €83,250
10-15 €56,850 €78,559 €91,700

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 654 survey respondents from Germany who identified as Python developers.

We only included salary insights for experience levels with enough data points to ensure that the amounts represent Python 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 are representative of Python 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 hope 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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