How much do nurses earn

The nurse's salary

This page gives you an insight into our salary data for the nurse profession. The values ​​determined all come from our own salary database and are shown as an average value.

Gross salary as a nurse

Monthly gross salary2.610,86€
Annual gross salary31.330,34€
How much net?

Based on our salary database, we calculate the average gross salary for the profession of nurse for you. In addition, based on our data, we determine an average hourly wage, an average monthly salary and an average annual wage.

The average gross monthly salary for a nurse is € 2,610.86. From this, an hourly wage averaging € 15.06 and an average annual income of € 31,330.34 can be calculated.

Our current salary records for the nurse profession

The following table provides an overview of our most recent salary data for the nurse profession. This data comes from our own database.

Data records from 05/04/2021
Gross salary in €Agegenderworkplace
1.040,0019male26553 Dornum
1.490,0050Female74229 Oedheim
2.728,0062Female14109 Berlin
450,0058Female76316 Malsch
2.079,0027male42551 Velbert, Germany
2.243,0018male89143 ulm
2.100,0026male80331 Munich
4.000,0054Female91438 Bad Windsheim
3.000,0041male28201 Bremen
4.500,0041male55252 Wiesbaden

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Average salary for nurse by state

Due to structural economic circumstances, there are still regional differences in terms of salary. The salary differences for nurses between the individual federal states are also covered by our database.

The monthly gross earnings of nurses in the respective federal state can be found in the following list.

federal stateGross salary in €
North Rhine Westphalia2.706,40
Baden Wuerttemberg2.675,66
Schleswig Holstein2.602,17
Rhineland Palatinate2.718,94
Mecklenburg Western Pomerania2.575,00
Lower Saxony2.455,19
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The salary by gender for nurse

The gender pay gap describes the average difference between the gross earnings of men and women. In many occupational fields, male employees receive higher salaries than women with the same job.

For the nurse profession, the percentage income difference is 14.66%. While male nurses earn € 2,984.08, female nurses earn € 2,546.60. These gender pay data for nurses are averages.

genderGross salary in €
The income difference between men and women is: 437.47758532858 (14.66%)

The salary as a nurse by marital status

Marital status can also have an influence on the average salary. Often times, the salaries of married nurses differ from those of their co-workers who are single or single parents.

The reason for this lies in the tax class by which the amount of wage tax to be paid is calculated. Employees without children who are not married are assigned to tax class 1. Single parents belong to tax class 2, while married people can be assigned to tax classes 3, 4 and 5.

The following average values ​​were calculated based on our database entries:

marital statusGross salary in €
single parent2.627,10
The income difference between married and single parents is: 106.43 (4.05%)

The average salary by age for the profession of nurse

Often the age also influences the salary. In many occupational fields, this can increase with age. This analysis shows how the salary development can look on average based on the age group in the nurse profession based on our database entries:

Age range in yearsGross salary in €
18 - 201.641,50
21 - 252.479,63
26 - 302.539,85
31 - 402.610,51
41 - 502.615,02
51 - 602.672,93
61 - 702.793,64

The salary based on professional experience as a nurse

Work experience also plays a role in a nurse's salary. As a rule, the starting salary differs from the salary that can be achieved after several years in the profession. The following overview shows the average salary based on professional experience.

Work experience in yearsGross salary in €
1 - 22.938,60
2 - 52.575,00
5 - 103.000,00
10 - 202.272,00
20 - 303.250,00
> 303.064,00

Average salary after graduation for a nurse

A higher education qualification in the profession of a nurse does not always mean a higher salary. Exactly what the earnings prospects look like depends mainly on the individual career choice.

Our salary database shows the following salaries for nurses with different educational qualifications:

graduationGross salary in €
Secondary school leaving certificate2.714,33
Middle school leaving certificate2.115,56
University entrance qualification3.968,33
General University Entrance Qualification2.796,33
Bachelor (Uni)2.100,00
1st state examination2.079,00

The average salary as a nurse by number of employees

The number of employees in a company can also play a role in the amount of the salary. The figures from our salary statistics indicate the following average values ​​for the nurse profession:

Number of employees in the companyGross salary in €
1 - 52.100,00
6 - 251.412,00
26 - 502.123,00
51 - 1002.464,00
101 - 2503.932,00
251 - 5003.500,00
501 - 10003.418,75
1001 and more2.460,75

The benefits of being a nurse

Can nurse workers benefit from extra services? These benefits can be found in our salary database for nurses:

Nurse Key Facts

  • Many dream of Nurse to become and to care for the sick.
  • However, in addition to the care and support of sick people in hospitals and other inpatient facilities, the tasks of the nurses also include many other activities.
  • The gross salary of a nurse averages around 22,000 euros per year. Here too, however, there are differences that depend on various causes.

The nurse's salary in detail

Who is to Nurse or would like to train as a nurse, is of course also interested in the salary that he can receive during the training and as a skilled worker.

In general, however, it is not possible to make a generally valid statement about earnings as a nurse, as salaries depend on various factors. The salary depends primarily on whether you are paid as a nurse based on the salaries in the public service. If this is the case, the salary is based on the federal employee collective agreement. However, it can also happen that the income is agreed independently of the collective bargaining agreements.

In general, however, one can say: That salary during the training to become a nurse, something increases every year. In addition, earnings as a skilled worker increase again.

The salary of a nurse in training looks something like this:

  • in the first year of training: 900 to 950 euros gross
  • in the second year of training: 950 to 1,000 euros gross
  • and finally in the third year of training: 1,050 to 1,100 euros gross.

However, deviations from this are possible depending on the industry and federal state.

  • It must also be added here that the nurse is a former training at vocational schools. The training ordinance was repealed on January 1, 2004 and replaced by the successor profession of 'health and nurse'.

If the apprenticeship has been successfully completed, the nurse now beckons her first real salary. In turn, based on the average, this is roughly the following order of magnitude:

  • 1400 euros to 2500 euros gross per month

Depending on experience or even completed advanced training, the salary usually rises a little over time.

The gross salary of a nurse averages around 22,000 euros per year. Here too, however, there are differences that depend on various causes.

Earnings are based, for example, on age and work experience. A 45-year-old earns around 3,000 euros gross per month if she works in the care service.

There are various further training options for nurses, for example further training to become an operating room nurse. A nurse can earn 3,000 a month.

Further training in administration and organization is also possible. After successful further training, a nurse can then work as a nursing manager. There are numerous universities that offer nursing studies that result in further career opportunities.

The training to become a nurse

If you want to become a nurse, you first have to be one training complete over a period of around three years. As a rule, the training is dual-oriented. This means that half of the training is learned in the respective training company, such as in a hospital. The other half takes place in a nursing school.

All necessary practical and theoretical knowledge is imparted here, which is required for a professional and careful handling of patients in later professional life after the training.

Main focus of the training to become a nurse:

  • Internal Medicine
  • surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • neurology
  • Emergency response

It is still the dream of many young people to become nurses, to lovingly care for people and to bring them back to health.
The possible uses are diverse. Whether in a clinic, a nursing home or in mobile social work.

The tasks include:

  • the careful observation of the physical and mental well-being of the patient
  • the implementation of basic and treatment care measures (e.g. washing and bedding patients, changing bandages or administering medication as directed by a doctor)
  • help with medical examinations
  • the operation and monitoring of medical apparatus
  • the accompaniment of doctors on their rounds
  • participation in the planning of maintenance measures
  • the care documentation
  • as well as the organizational and administrative work on the ward.

So you can see that the nurse's profession is quite diverse.

Those who have a social streak, are mentally and physically resilient and are not afraid to deal with sick people are particularly suitable for the job.
However, this job also demands a lot physically and mentally, as the patients have to be looked after around the clock. That is why shift work is usually carried out in hospitals, with night, weekend and holiday work not being uncommon.

Further training via a so-called advancement training

The nurse has numerous opportunities for further training for professional advancement. Such further training specializes in certain specialist areas. In-depth specialist knowledge and expanded competencies are imparted here. Specializing in a subject-specific way is like Nurse possible in many areas.

  • Of course, with such a completed training course, the nurse also opens up options for a position as a ward manager or, as it is often said, as a head nurse.

The nurse can choose from the following training courses:

  • Training in anesthesia
  • Advanced training in intensive care
  • Advanced training in oncology
  • Training to become a hygiene specialist
  • Further training to become a specialist in emergency medicine
  • Training to become a quality manager

This is only a small excerpt of the many options available to the trained nurse. There are numerous other options.

Continuing education through postgraduate studies

Those who already have a high school diploma or a comparable qualification can also think about completing a postgraduate course. Of course, this also significantly promotes career opportunities and is usually also financially worthwhile.

Here, for example, courses such as Nursing education, health Management or else Nursing science at.

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