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What do language schools pay in Germany?

Thanks very much to everyone who looked at the last blog post on direct client freelance rates in Germany for English language teachers, based on the results from the 2014 Germany Pay Survey I conducted this year.

As freelancers, your time is split between a number of different clients, right? So it’s fair to say that 100% of your time won’t always be given to the highest paying, most lucrative and profitable section of the market out there, right? That’s why the main focus of this post will be on what private language schools pay. Yes, they’re the lowest paying in terms of hourly remuneration of any segment of the pay survey, and debates as to why and what is possible to do about this will not be the focus of this post. As always, the aim is to take the data and give an angle on it.

What’s your method?

As with the previous post, I took the data sets for highest and lowest hourly remuneration in each city and ran the 10th-90th percentiles on these. I also included the top 10 percentiles, as this is where we normally see the most drastic changes (this tends to identify higher rankers as well).

Have you added any special sauce?

Special sauce? Excuse me? Oh, you mean the extra figures I added for Berlin. Yes, I took the figures from the ELTABB institutional evaluation form carried out last year and added them to the data, which add more number to the Berlin data set. If you’re an ELTABB member, I can give you the link to this.


The table below shows the percentiles. What the devil is a percentile and how is it different from a percentage?

The percentile rank of a score is the percentage of scores in its frequency distribution that are the same or lower than it. For example, a test score that is greater than or equal to 75% of the scores of people taking the test is said to be at the 75th percentile rank.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percentile_rank

If you take for example the 50th percentile in Stuttgart. This represents the hourly renumeration which is equal to 50% of the rates (highest and lowest) people gave in the survey for the that city. The number is €23 per 45 mins. In Berlin for example, the hourly remuneration that is equal to 50% of the rates given in the survey is €18 per 45 mins*

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What you can see in the table below is the graph for Germany based on the figures in the table above.



Poor and sexy, I hear you say? It would seem that from the data Berlin lags behind the rest of Germany. Starting slow and finishing slow seems to be the pattern for Berlin in all areas.


Potential Pesky Data 
I’ve added this heading in an attempt to qualify some of the patterns found in the Rhine Area and the massive growth of Stuttgart at the end of the graph you can see above. The Rhine line looks the way it does because there were too few data entries in the sample. I’ve included it in the totals because, well, it’s part of the other studies, but also to demonstrate that at times some data has to be left out, which is why Munich and Hamburg, despite providing results, has remained largely untouched by this survey.

The stuttgart figure goes to show that looking at the data as percentiles is perhaps a more accurate way of showing the trends the mean, medium or mode. The outlying data in this case hasn’t seriously skewed the majority of the data, quite the opposite actually, we can identify it more easily as a potentially pesky result.

*you might be wondering what all this means without any comparison to average wages, rents, living costs in each of these cities. You would be right, very right, and good job for spotting that. It’ll be the subject of a later post in which I look at a “living wage” so to speak and examine the probability of a trainer making it. Keep your eyes peeled.