Plumbers are well paid

What do craftsmen earn? Comparison of hourly and monthly wages

What do craftsmen earn? What hourly and monthly wages can painters, floor layers, bricklayers, plumbers, joiners and carpenters expect in the 16 German federal states? The medium-sized craft business "Weissmaler" got to the bottom of this question.

  1. What do craftsmen earn? Large wage gap
  2. Tradesman wages summarized
  3. The methodology of the investigation

According to its own statements, "Weissmaler" is one of the largest German craft businesses. As a nationwide company with over 100 employees, the company wanted to know exactly how big the income differences between the craftsmen in East and West Germany are. The result are two exciting tables.

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What do craftsmen earn? Large wage gap

The average gross income for painters, floor layers, bricklayers, plumbers, joiners and carpenters per federal state was analyzed. To determine the average income, the respective monthly gross income per federal state was first recorded and divided by the weekly working time of 40 hours multiplied by the month. The average wage includes all age groups and qualification levels, from journeyman to master craftsman.

Some of the published results are astonishing. Carpenters therefore receive the most wages on average. Carpenters in Baden-Württemberg earn around 5.79 euros more per hour than their colleagues in Saxony. And at 1,906 euros, painters in Saxony-Anhalt received the lowest monthly wage of all the trades examined.

Plumber: hourly and monthly wages

Carpenter: hourly and monthly wages

Carpenter: hourly wages and monthly wages

Painter: hourly and monthly wages

Mason: hourly wages and monthly wages

Floor layers: hourly and monthly wages

Tradesman wages summarized

  • Carpenters receive the highest average monthly income at 2,734 euros.
  • The biggest difference in the hourly wage of all trades examined is between plumbers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hesse.
  • For painters and varnishers, the biggest difference in hourly wages is 5.44 euros between Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen.
  • The hourly wage of bricklayers has the largest difference between Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg at 6.21 euros.
  • Between Saxony and Baden-Württemberg, the hourly wage of floor layers has the largest discrepancy at 6.28 euros.
  • Carpenters in Hesse and Baden-Württemberg earn an average of EUR 5.75 more than their colleagues in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. This is the biggest difference in the carpentry trade.
  • For carpenters, the largest wage gap is between Baden-Württemberg and Saxony, at EUR 5.79.

The methodology of the investigation

All graphics and figures come from the study "Income index for skilled trades". For its part, "Weissmaler" cites the comparison portals, and as the source.

Monthly wage:

The monthly wage indicates the gross wage in euros for one month of work. The gross monthly wage was collected from the data sets of job exchanges and salary comparison sites. The monthly wage is based on a 40-hour week.

Hourly wages:

The hourly wage indicates the gross wage in euros for one hour of work. To calculate the gross hourly wage, the monthly gross wage was divided by the monthly working time of 160 hours.

Salaries that occupy an extreme position at the upper end of the salary distribution can be traced back to a partially uneven distribution of the age groups in the analyzed data sets.