Salary is often a matter of negotiation. However, that does not mean that you can rephrase a sum that you threw first into the ring again as you wish. The first idea you mention sets the starting point for everything that follows. You should therefore avoid these 4 mistakes.
# 1 Enter the conversation without research
A salary negotiation is not a game of chance. There are professional and industry-standard salaries that may vary from region to region. In principle, however, you should always be in a position to make yourself sufficiently smart before the conversation about the maximum amount you can expect – and on the other hand what amount you should not fall below. There are dozens of paycheck sites on the Internet.
# 2 Get started
As a rule, you have already formulated a house number in your written application. In a personal conversation you should nevertheless try to elicit the first serve from your counterpart. This minimizes the risk of moving too far up or down despite good preparation. On the other hand, the following also applies: If money was neither an issue during the telephone preselection interview nor until the end of the first personal appointment, you should make the first move. So you can find out whether the salary is even an option for you. If not, you don’t need to put more energy and excitement into round three and four.
# 3 Formulate too precise information
Don’t say you envision an annual gross income of 52,000 euros. Instead, think about a range in which you are willing to negotiate before the interview. And even if you don’t agree on your maximum amount: With the upper end, you signal your counterpart directly where you actually see yourself and where you want to go. And already indicate that you will likely renegotiate after the probationary period or the first year. If there is an employment contract, you should generally always try to make an appointment when you finalize your salary and talk about money again – for example after the first month of the trial has been successful.
# 4 Answer all questions openly
If your future employer asks you what you would have earned in your old company, you should not answer openly and honestly. After all, changing jobs is often driven to improve in a new company and get more money. If you state your actual current salary, you run the risk of being immediately placed back on the same level.
These companies pay the highest salaries
In the competition for skilled workers, salaries are a decisive factor. According to an analysis by the job platform Glassdoor, these companies offer the highest wages in Germany
Robert Bosch opens the top 10 companies with the highest wages in Germany. The median annual gross base salary on Glassdoor was 71,034 euros. In its analysis, the job platform determined the mean value and not the average value in order to avoid distortions due to very high or very low salaries. Bosch was the group with the highest salaries in the “Technology” category, ahead of Thyssenkrupp (70,966 euros), Bayer (69,137 euros), Henkel (68,689 euros) and Deutsche Bank (68,544 euros) in the ranking.
With a median gross base salary of 71,475 euros, SAP ranks ninth. 5 of the top 20 companies come from the software and hardware sectors.
8 Here Technologies
Industry giant SAP is trumped by this software provider in terms of salaries. Here Technologies was founded in 1985 as Navteq and is known as Nokia’s navigation program. The spatial data service now offers interactive 3D maps and employs over 8,000 people. They are obviously well paid. According to Glassdoor, the median gross base salary for Germany was 72,358 euros.
The pharmaceutical company Roche ranks seventh among the companies that pay the highest basic salaries in Germany. The median value of the annual income was 73,887 euros.
Only two automotive companies made it into Glassdoor’s top 20. Audi starts in sixth place with an average base salary of 75,927 euros. According to the Federal Statistical Office, a full-time employee in Germany earned an average of 46,560 euros in 2018. However, the average value and median cannot be compared directly.
Airbus is the only aviation company in the top 20. The median gross base salary was 80,442 euros in the period under review.
Google is in fourth place with a gross base salary of 81,522 euros. In the US, the software giant comes in fifth. However, very different wages are paid there than in Germany. Glassdoor calculated a median value for Google in the USA of 161,254 US dollars (around 144,435 euros).
More than half of the 20 companies with the highest salaries come from Germany. Car manufacturer Opel secured the national top position with a median of 82,238 euros per year.
The chip manufacturer Intel attracts German specialists with one of the highest basic salaries in any industry. The salary information on Glassdoor showed an average of 84,436 euros. But that was still 9,000 euros less than the front runner.
According to Glassdoor, no company in Germany pays higher basic salaries than Nokia. The Finnish telecommunications company lures with a median annual wage of 93,440 euros. That was 42 percent more than at IBM in 20th place (65,772 euros).