Hamburg is one of the richest and prosperous cities in Germany. The city is famous for its port, one of the top 3 largest in Europe, and The HafenCity, the largest urban development project in Europe.
The average IT salary in Hamburg is €4,295 per month (€51,540 per year). This is more than the minimum base salary required for relocation with the Blue Card (€43,056 per year or €3,588 per month).
Average IT salaries in Hamburg (EUR, before taxes):
- Software developer: 3,665 – 5,116
- Back-end developer: 3,557 – 5,119
- Front-end developer: 3,287 – 4,658
- Full-stack developer: 2,741 – 4,521
- DevOps engineer: 3,713 – 5,250
- Database administrator: 3,357 – 5,281
- Web designer: 2,560 – 3,517
- System administrator: 2,852 – 4,165
- Project manager: 4,030 – 7,822
- QA engineer: 3,411 – 5,213
- Technical writer: 3,252 – 5,603
- Security expert: 4,181 – 6,235
The unemployment rate in Hamburg is 6.4% — slightly higher than the national average (5.3%). IT specialists belong to the shortage occupations category and are always in demand.
Important economic sectors in Hamburg include:
- Industrial production
- International trade
The largest technology companies present in Hamburg include:
- Adobe Systems
Cost of living
The average prices in Hamburg (EUR):
- Meal at McDonald’s: 6–11
- Meal at another inexpensive restaurant: 8–18
- Average food basket (milk, bread, eggs, cheese, chicken, apples, potatoes, water, beer): 26
- Monthly fee at a fitness club: 20–70
- Monthly pass: 68–110
- Monthly rent (1 bedroom): 450 – 1,200
- Monthly rent (3 bedrooms): 1,200 – 2,300
- Property prices per square meter: 2,300 – 8,000
- Utilities: 135–300 per month
The city’s main airport — Hamburg Airport — serves flights to all major cities of Germany and Europe, as well as to Ankara, Antalya, Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tehran, and other destinations.
Hamburg has a rich cultural life. There are a lot of music and art shows, film festivals, music venues, parades, funfairs, and sports events.