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Salary: How much do you earn in a startup?

How good or bad are the average salaries in German startups? We give an overview.

What do you normally earn in a startup?

33,396 euros. That was the average income in Germany in 2016. In the “old economy”. Per year. In gross. This means that the average German earns loudly Statista before deduction of taxes and social security contributions around 2,800 euros per month.

What are the salaries in startups? Do you earn a similar amount here? Or is the salary for the employees in a young company lower?

The question of the typical startup salary is difficult to answer. On the one hand, because it isn't the StartUp employees exist, but many different professions and people with different areas of responsibility. Often several positions are combined in one person: The start-up owner is then press spokesman, business development manager and financial accountant in Personal-Union.

On the other hand, in StartUp various types of employees often work together in flat hierarchies on an equal footing: interns, students, freelancers, temporary workers and permanent employees. And since startups are not established companies, but agile start-ups, they do not pay according to the collective agreement.

All of this makes it difficult to answer the question of how much you earn in a startup. Nevertheless, there are surveys that shed light on the jungle of salaries.

Salaries in startups: an overview

27,465 euros - that's how much a graphic designer earns on average per year in a start-up. The salary of a social media manager is 31,071 euros a year and that of the managing director is 61,334 euros. Programmers and IT specialists go home with young companies with a salary of around 37,000 to 52,000 euros. The site collected this data in 2016 from various sources.

All of these values ​​are of course average values, some of which have large regional differences: In Berlin start-ups you usually earn several thousand less than in comparable positions in Munich or Hamburg.

It is understandable that young companies like to settle in the federal capital or are founded there. From Auto1, Blinklist, DeineStadtKlebt and Ecosia, to Emmy Sharing,, N26 and Momox, to ShareTheMeal and Zalando: StartUps and creative people are concentrated in Berlin. In addition to the very low salaries, they also take advantage of other advantages, for example the relatively cheap rents, the lower cost of living and the many cultural offers.

Salary in a start-up: There are clear differences

Of course, the professional experience, the age of the company, the professional group and the gender also have an effect on the salary in a start-up. If one forms an average from these different data, the typical startup employee in Berlin initially earns 2,337 euros gross (around 28,000 euros per year), after several years the salary increases to 3,080 euros / month or almost 37,000 euros / year . This is what a representative study by Jobspotting, Berlin StartUp Jobs and the Aachen University.

> To the study: The big Berlin StartUp salary report

The IT industry association Bitkom sometimes comes to completely different results in his startup salary comparison. According to this, the employees earn between 31,400 euros / year (= 2,616 euros / month) and 71,400 euros / year (= 5,950 euros / month).

Not uncommon: low salaries in startups

The last infographic could raise the hope that it can be very lucrative to work in a startup. But the numbers are deceptive! There are many start-ups that generate little or no sales in the first few years and their financing is on shaky ground.

Accordingly, it is not uncommon for founders to only pay a minimal salary in the first few years or to live entirely on their savings. Such start-up entrepreneurs can only pay their employees low salaries.

Differences between the old economy and the new economy

If a StartUp managing director or one of his executives receives a salary, it is usually not as generous as in other companies. If you compare the salary of employees with personnel responsibility in the Old Economy with that of senior start-up employees, you can see a clear gap.

According to the “StartUp Study 2018” by Start-up scene career and this gap makes up around 40,000 euros gross per year.

But: In startups, it's not just the salary that counts!

Despite financial bottlenecks and low pay, start-ups are attractive employers for many young people because they can expect creative challenges, flat hierarchies, flexible working hours and relaxed colleagues.

As current studies show, corporate culture is more important to employees than a good salary:

> Money alone does not make you happy: That's why start-ups should offer more

A game of table football or a few minutes of Playstation games with colleagues: such elements ensure a good work-life balance, which often does not exist in large companies and is difficult to compensate for with money. Another thing that is popular with startups is catering. These save taxes and provide an indirect wage increase.

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