Statutory Minimum Wage: Difference to Industry Minimum Wage

The minimum wage regulates the absolute minimum wage in Germany. In many industries and companies, however, the employer is obliged to pay an even higher hourly rate. For example, if he is tied to an industry minimum wage stipulated in the collective agreement, which has been agreed on the basis of the Collective Agreement Act or the Posted Workers Act. These are usually negotiated between trade unions and individual employers or employers’ associations.

Important here: The collective wage may not be below the statutory minimum wage and is usually only mandatory for the collective bargaining partners involved. Like the minimum wage, the collective wage also represents a lower wage limit. It is therefore entirely possible that employers pay their employees more than the remuneration specified in the collective agreement.

Gesetzlicher Mindestlohn (Statutory Minimum Wage)

1. January 20201. January 20211. July 20211. January 20221. July 2022
9,35 Euro per Hour9,50 Euro per Hour9,60 Euro per Hour9,82 Euro per Hour10,45 Euro per Hour

Branchenmindestlohn (Industry Minimum Wage)

Systemgastronomie (McDonald’s, BurgerKing, KFC)

1. July 20201. January 20211. January 20221. January 20231. December 2023
9,84 Euro per Hour10,33 Euro per Hour10,82 Euro per Hour11,31 Euro per Hour11,80 Euro per Hour

Gebäudereinigung (Facility Cleaning/Management)

Mindestlohn Gebäudereinigung 20191. January 20191. January 20201. December 2020
Lohngruppe 1 (inkl. 2,3,4) West10,56 Euro per Hour10,80 Euro per Hour10,80 Euro per Hour
Lohngruppe 1 (inkl. 2,3,4) Ost10,05 Euro per Hour10,55 Euro per Hour10,80 Euro per Hour
Lohngruppe 6 (inkl. 7,8,9) West13,82 Euro per Hour14,10 Euro per Hour14,10 Euro per Hour
Lohngruppe 6 (inkl. 7,8,9) Ost12,83 Euro per Hour13,50 Euro per Hour14,10 Euro per Hour

WEST: Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein

OST: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Thüringen, Sachsen-Anhalt

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