How do I expect a salary

Set salary expectations and formulate them correctly

Most job advertisements contain a short passage in which you are asked to state your salary expectations. But what number should an applicant enter here? And how do you best formulate your ideas without appearing greedy?

How high you set your salary expectations in the application depends on various components. The most important factors are the position itself, the industry, the region and the size of the company. Find out what gross annual salary is usually paid for the relevant factors. Industry-specific salary reports can be helpful here.

As soon as you have determined your actual market value, you need to set a gross annual salary that is both advantageous and realistic for you. Don't sell yourself below value, but never gamble too high either. Both variants are badly received by the potential employer. We recommend a surcharge of a maximum of 20% on the current annual salary. The request for additional services and grants (travel expenses, vacation pay, etc.) should not be mentioned in the application.

How can you correctly formulate your salary expectations?

In a nutshell:

  • My salary expectation is a gross annual salary of €
  • A gross salary of € per year corresponds to my expectations.

Willingness to negotiate:

  • My salary expectation is in the range of € gross per year.
  • My salary expectation is between and yy.yyy € gross per year. I would be happy if we could clarify the details in a personal meeting.


  • Based on my experience and specialist knowledge, my salary expectation is an annual gross salary of €

Clarification in a personal conversation:

  • I would like to discuss my salary expectations with you personally.
  • I would be happy to get to know you personally during an interview. We can certainly go into more detail about my salary expectations.

Decide on a variant that suits you and the job description. We wish you every success with your application.

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