Now that you know how much it will cost to survive in Frankfurt (roughly!), you probably need to know how much you need to earn and how much you can ask for. And bear in mind that this is specifically for the Frankfurt area as the salaries do vary around the country.
Salary negotiations in Germany are notoriously difficult for foreigners particularly those moving from overseas. German job adverts rarely show salary and potential employees are often expected to state their salary requirement either before or during the interview. This can be advantageous if you know what the going rate is and how much to push it. But more likely, you will either ask for too much and have to climb down (or miss out entirely) or ask for too little and miss out on a few thousand that would have made your life a lot easier.
€25-35,000 – Lowest level entry salary for junior admin position
€35-45,000 – Semi-skilled technical or office position with at least a couple of years experience, probably with BA degree
€45-55,000 – entry level Masters graduate in international company
€45-55,000 – Office administrator, possibly managing 1-2 juniors, several years experience, possibly specific technical skills required
€55-90,000 – at least 5 years relevant experience, team lead/office head position
€80-100,000 – consultant in international company, at least 2 years relevant experience
€80,000+ – at least 8 years relevant experience, mid- to senior management, probably holding Masters, MBA or equivalent, or with 10+ years relevant technical/specialist skills. A bonus of 10-20% would not be uncommon.
Note: student part-time work tends to be between €8-12 per hour and is fixed by each University as a standard fee.
This is a rough guide that will vary between industry and company, particularly in Frankfurt’s finance industry, so don’t hold me to it….