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Average German Hourly Rates

For foreign providers it is a big advantage to know about average German hourly rates if they are planning to offer their outsourcing services.
In Germany we currently have some 70,000 IT freelancers offering their services either directly or through service providers (more about selling through project and job brokers).

Do not compare apples and oranges

A hourly rate of 200 Euros for an experienced SAP project manager is an attractive rate. But this does not mean that all project managers in Germany are payed that much. It is very important to understand the environment and the circumstances to estimate the related hourls rate for a task to be done. Then there is the usual bandwidth between Juniors and Seniors and possible exceptions due to personal relationship.

And there are tasks which can be done by freelancers from their homeoffice. The related hourly rates are much lower than the rates for work on-site (e. g. software development). This is covered by a separate section.

We analyzed 2,400 German projects and recognized these hourly rates: 

Management and Administration

Task price range
IT Project Manager 65-122
IT Service Manager 62-107
Documentation Writer, German/English 42-54
Documentation Writer, German/English+1 more 48-69
ERP consultant, SAP 118-148
ERP consultant, non SAP (Sage and other) 67-92


Task price range
Test Manager 67-118
Test Engineer 52-78
Loadtest scripter 64-96

System Administration

Task price range
Unix/Linux Solaris system administrator 46-69
Windows system administrator (desktop) 52-69
Windows system administrator (server) 54-72
Network administrator (routers, switches, firewalls) 64-82
Enterprice IT Security Consultant 85-127

Software Development (on-site)

Task price range
Visual Basic, Basic, Delphi, Turbo Pascal, Firefox, Scripting 48-65
Visual Studio, C++  52-69
HTML, PHP, mySQL, Pearl,  39-52
Eclipse / Java 49-69
Ecommerce (e.g. OScommerce/XTcommerce) 58-72

Software Development (home office)

Task price range
Visual Basic, Basic, Delphi, Turbo Pascal, Firefox, Scripting 15-42
Visual Studio, C++ 22-52
HTML, PHP, mySQL, Pearl,  15-34
Eclipse / Java 19-48
Ecommerce (e.g. OScommerce/XTcommerce) 24-48

All prices are all-in prices for the project's location (including hotel, travel expenses) for on-site work in EUROs. The provided ranges are rounded to always cover at least 80% of all projects. B2B Sales Outsourcing
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