inhouse salary Germany
Thread poster: Veerle Gabriels

Veerle Gabriels  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:30
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Oct 28, 2005


I am preparing an interview to work as an inhouse translator in Germany. Could anyone give me some advice and numbers?

Thank you!

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John Hayward
Local time: 03:30
German to English
Call for advice Oct 28, 2005


It's a little difficult to know where to start as there are so many variables: where exactly in Germany will you be working, for whom, as what exactly etc, etc.

I've lived and worked in Germany for roughly 25 years and know the system quite well, but it would help if you could be more specific.

If you like, send me an email with a short list of the most important questions or give me a call (check my profile) and I'll do my best to help.

Bye for now

John Hayward

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Maurizio Foroni  Identity Verified
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Sharing Oct 29, 2005

Hi Veerle,
it would be nice if you could share the information you get through private contacts, since I am interested in this topic too.



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Depends on type of company Oct 29, 2005

From interviews, I know a little about salaries in Germany. If you work with a large company, then you should be earning between 2000 and 3000 euro per month depending on the sector. In the banking/insurance sector, I wouldn't go under 2500 euro. SAP pay their translators 2500 euro per month. If you work for an agency, don't expect to earn more than 2000 euro. Some agencies are quite generous though, depending on where they are located in Germany.

Good luck!

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Tatiana Willemsen-Golyandrina
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Is it gross or net? Aug 3, 2009

Is it gross or net?

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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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Depends Aug 3, 2009

I remember negotiating an annual starting salary of around 90,000 DM (about 45,000 euros) for someone in a software company in 2000 while other translation staff were making about 2/3 of that. Given inflation and my growing crankiness as I get older, I could probably get 60K for her today without trying hard. It was her first job as a translator BTW, and she had no formal qualifications.

I have the impression that most with agency jobs get about 2000 to 2500 euros gross per month, though I knew one full-timer who took 1200 gross to displace an older, more competent PM. Not sure why anyone would bother to get out of bed for that.

So a lot of this will depend on your choice of company and how well you can sell what you have.

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