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How much will I earn if I move to Düsseldorf? What’s the average salary like? We receive these questions at least a few times a week from Life in Düsseldorf readers, and rightly so! We all want to know what we can expect to earn if we move to a new city, right?

More often than not, however, our answer is “the question is far too broad – what branch do you work in? What level of education have you completed? Do you speak German? Other languages? How long have you been in the industry? What positions have you held in that industry before?

The question is simply too broad, and we’re content creators at Life in Düsseldorf with no authority to tell you how much, on average, your salary is likely going to be if you move to Düsseldorf.

So we’ve been searching for the perfect person to answer your questions and after receiving an awesome recommendation by a fellow colleague of ours, we’ve finally found the answer! GEHALT.de is a German website, so you will need to Google Translate your way through it, but it’s a great resource to use if you’d like a specific answer to the question: “How much will I earn if I move to Düsseldorf?”, “What’s the average salary like?” Or “Am I making enough?”

 

Average Salary Examples

If you’re just looking for some averages to get you started while you’re looking for jobs in the area, we asked the team at GEHALT.de to do a little research on average salaries for popular careers around North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and here are the results they came up with.

CAREER POSITION MEDIAN AVERAGE
Marketing Manager 41,987 € 46,422 €
IT Specialist 42,750 € 45,738 €
Software Developer 50,855 € 53,994 €
Banking Customer Service Rep 43,912 € 46,342 €
Retail Merchant 30,354 € 33,367 €
Bookkeeper 35,386 € 37,633 €
Health and Nursing 40,161 € 41,207 €
Electronic Technician 39,740 € 42,414 €

 

Of course, these are all averages based on income statistics from 2019 in NRW, and numbers can vary drastically. With that being said, if you’re looking for some more accurate results in your exact field of employment, you might be interested in taking their basic quiz (it’s free) to find out exactly how much you can expect to make when you move to Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

Are you earning enough? What will you make if you move to Düsseldorf? Take the Salary Test

GEHALT.de has a questionnaire where you can answer all those specific questions you’ll need to answer before anyone can give you a more concrete answer as to how much you may be able to earn in any given profession here in Düsseldorf.

We’ve print screened the questionnaire so that you can do a little less Google Translating and a little more job hunting. Let’s go through it together now.

 

Question #1: How old are you? 

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Question #2: What’s your gender?

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Question #3: What’s the highest degree that you hold? 

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Question #4: Are you currently employed?

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Question #5: What is your job title?

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Question #6: Are you responsible for other employees? Do you hold a managerial role? Do others report to you?

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Question #7: In what city do you work? (In this case, in what city would you like to work?)

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You will then be asked for your e-mail address where they will send you a detailed report about the specifics that you’ve included. Here’s the example report that I requested: 

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If you’re interested in taking a look at what other salary averages are around other states in Germany, GEHALT.de has also put together an info-packed PDF guide titled “GEHALTSATLAS 2019” (Salary Atlas 2019) with more statistics for you. The PDF is entirely in German, so you will need to do some translating on your own.

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