April 15, 2024

Berlin tech salaries are up in 2024, but women still earn 15% less than men

The gender pay gap in tech is 4% higher than the average for all industries in the city

The gender pay gap among tech professionals in Berlin stands at 15% in 2024, with men earning a median salary of €80k, compared to women who earn €68k.

That’s according to a new survey of 1,150 tech workers across various industries and seniority levels by Handpicked Berlin, a weekly newsletter covering news and insights from Berlin and wider Germany.

The survey shows that the 15% gap is also consistent in leadership positions, where men receive a median salary of €95k, while women receive 83k.


This puts the German capital's tech gender pay gap at 4% higher than the average for all industries in the city, according to the latest statistics for the labour market in Berlin and Brandenburg.

“The survey findings confirm that, as progressive as the tech industry claims to be, we are still faced with the impact of unconscious biases in decision-making, which favour men in leadership and technical roles,” says Tamara Rose Morales, business and leadership coach for women and DEI consultant, in a statement. 

Berlin salaries on the up?

Between 2023 and 2024, the median salary among Berlin tech professionals increased by 7.14% from €70k to €75k. 

Despite these increases, 41.7% of respondents said they did not have a pay rise in the last year.

On the whole, tech workers also did not receive extra pay for overtime. Germany has no statutory mandate on overtime compensation, but work councils and collective bargaining agreements can influence overtime policies in German companies. 

Only 10.5% of respondents were paid for overtime, and 21.7% were compensated with additional time off. 

67.8% received neither.

Bonuses and equity: not a thing?

The majority (55%) of respondents received neither a bonus or equity between 2023 and 2024.

The average median bonus given was €2k. The average median equity handed out was €4k.

Highest and lowest-paid roles

“Solutions architects” — who are responsible for finding tech solutions to solve specific business problems —had the biggest wage increase in the last year, according to the survey. Median salaries increased 22% from €93k in 2023 to €102.5k in 2024. 

Software engineers’ salaries also significantly increased: from €68.5k in 2023 to €80k in 2024, an increase of 16%. 

Copywriters and content managers, as well as UX/UI designers are the lowest-paid roles in Berlin tech in 2024. 

Methodology note: Median salary is used as it offers a more accurate representation of what an individual earns because it is less affected by outliers than the mean. Salary is calculated without bonuses or equity.

Miriam Partington

Miriam Partington is a reporter at Sifted. She covers the DACH region and the future of work, and coauthors Startup Life , a weekly newsletter on what it takes to build a startup. Follow her on X and LinkedIn