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How much will I earn for my work?

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In Germany there is a minimum legal wage; it amounts to EUR 8.50 an hour. However, the minimum wage only applies to work, not to vocational training, internships or to minors without a vocational training qualification. In these cases lower wages can be paid.

Minimum wage – EUR 8.50 an hour

Trade unions and employers have negotiated collective wage agreements in many industries, and these regulate wages. In collective wage agreements the principle also applies that the better qualified you are, the more you earn. Skilled workers earn more than unskilled workers, while trained technicians or engineers with university qualifications earn even more