Leading industrial engineers: False expectation of the first salary

Leading industrial engineers: False expectation of the first salary

University graduates often misjudge the salary in their first job, a recent evaluation shows. Industrial engineers, for example, are getting more than hoped for. […]

Graduates often have a wrong idea about their starting salary, the online salary database has Gehalt.de ascertained. Based on the evaluation of 13,000 salaries by Gehalt.de and Stepstone turned out to be a surprising winner in terms of starting salaries.

Among the bachelor graduates, it is not the computer scientists, but the industrial engineers who have the edge: for example, an industrial engineer can already expect an average annual gross salary of 47,000 euros after the bachelor, followed by the engineer with 46,300 euros and the computer scientist or business IT specialist with 45,700 euros. With just under 10,000 euros less per year, bachelor’s graduates in geosciences, humanities and cultural studies have to be content.

Also among the master’s graduates, industrial engineers are paid the second best with an entry-level salary of almost 53,000 euros per year. In front of you are only those who have a master’s degree in medical technology and are paid a gross of 59,500 euros per year. A master’s degree in computer science is to be set at just under 51,000 euros per year.

A great influence on the starting salary of industrial engineers and engineers is exerted by the employer’s industry or the graduate’s field of application. Engineers in vehicle construction/suppliers (53,302 euros), the chemical and petroleum processing industry (50,668 euros), medical technology (50,549 euros), electrical engineering (50,024 €), science & research (49,387 euros), the metal industry (49,959 euros), aerospace (49,174 €) and mechanical engineering ( 48.855 €). Engineers and industrial engineers who are employed as management consultants, IT experts, in research or production earn very well.

Also, the degree affects the amount of salary. For example, bachelor’s graduates can expect an average of 42,170 euros per year, with a master’s degree in their luggage, the annual gross salary increases to 47,400 euros. And after a doctorate, the starting salary is on average 56,300 euros. For those who, above all, want to achieve a high starting salary, should study an engineering, natural or economic science subject, get a doctorate and then go into industry.

According to Stepstone and analyses, lucrative entry prospects also arise for computer scientists in a number of industries. With an annual gross salary of 55,464 euros, computer scientists and their engineering colleagues in vehicle construction and the automotive supply industry earn the best. But the pharmaceutical industry, energy and water supply and disposal, mechanical and plant engineering, management consulting, auditing, law, banking and insurance, aerospace as well as science and research also pay their software developers or data scientists more than 50,000 euros a year.

Graduates of an economics degree program, on the other hand, earn less than expected to start their careers. As a marketing manager, economists can expect an average of 39,600 euros per year, as a personnel officer almost 43,000 euros and in accounting 44,000 euros. The highest remuneration is when economists start as consultants. There it is at 51,000 euros.

Industrial engineering: 47,073 euros
Engineering: 46,291 euros
Computer science: 45.709 Euro
Business Informatics: 45.691 Euro
Economics: 41,517 euros
Natural sciences: 40.364 Euro
Educational sciences, Social pedagogy: 39.665 Euro
Political and Social Sciences: 37,905 euros
Architecture: 37,769 euros
Psychology: 37,107 euros
Earth Sciences: 35,312 euros
History and Cultural Studies: 35,134 euros
Philosophy and Humanities: 34,594 euros
Design: 34.120 Euro

*René Schmöl, born in 1982, wrote one of his first articles at the age of 16 for the daily newspaper Freies Wort. It was an interview with Hape Kerkeling. This success motivated him to continue. After seven years in local journalism and an apprenticeship as a publishing clerk, a traineeship at the Handelsblatt publishing group followed. René Schmöl has been working for IDG in various positions since 2007. Currently working as the head of the online service for the portal cio.de.

**Alexandra Mesmer was editor of Computerwoche and CIO magazine until July 2021.

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