The most popular student jobs aren't always the highest paying

Expertise is primarily rewarded in IT and social work

  • Salaries for student jobs can vary greatly: They typically range from 10 to 20 euros per hour.

  • Students who work in their field of study tend to receive a much higher hourly wage than those who take on traditional student jobs, such as logistics.

  • All jobs posted on jobvalley pay above the legal minimum wage – no job is paid less than €10.

Cologne, 6 October 2021. The lack of skilled workers in Germany is worsening, which is also reflected on the student job market. Students with specialist knowledge tend to earn significantly more than their classmates. These statements have been confirmed in a recent study conducted by jobvalley, a trademark of Studitemps GmbH, which analysed over 620,000 job ads and job assignments on jobvalley between 01/01/2021 and 30/09/2021.

The study found that social workers earn an average hourly wage of 13.52 euros. One reason behind the seemingly strong earning potential in the social care sector is the collective bargaining agreement that covers all employees at many institutions. ‘For instance, the hourly pay received by social helpers at child day-care centres is typically quite high, and these positions can help students gain practical experience to boost their CVs,’ explains Eckhard Köhn, CEO of jobvalley. Students with experience in programming or IT likewise benefit from their expertise. With an average income of 12.90 euros per hour, IT assistants and developers/programmers can be found in second and third place among the best-paid student jobs.

In total, over 30,000 students were hired in the social care sector and IT/programming between January and September 2021 on jobvalley. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a renewed surge in demand for these sectors. Many day-care centres were required to care for a larger number of groups that were smaller in size due to the need to curb infections. We have also witnessed an ongoing rise in the number of employees working remotely, which goes hand in hand with new challenges in terms of IT infrastructure and increased staffing requirements,’ Köhn continues.

The sector with the greatest demand for students remains logistics. Over 260,000 students have been hired in logistics on jobvalley since the beginning of the year – something which can also be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The numerous lockdowns have resulted in a massive boom in online retail, particularly in the first half of 2021, leading to a surge in demand for logistics support, order pickers, shelf-stackers and delivery drivers. In light of the increased demand, students can expect to earn an average hourly wage of 11.28 euros to 12.40 euros in these positions.’

There’s often more to certain industries than meets the eye. A well-paying student job doesn’t always require knowledge in the field. It’s worthwhile spending a good amount of time researching. While certain student jobs may have a bit of a reputation – whether justified or not – of paying particularly low wages, take a second look. You may find they pay far more than originally anticipated. The average hourly wage for promoters is 11.78 euros, although it's not unheard of to find a job listed with a top hourly wage of 20 euros per hour. The same applies to industrial production assistants. The average wage for this position is currently 11.84 euros per hour, but jobs also pop up from time to time that could earn you up to 19.40 euros per hour. ‘It all comes down to the company and the job ad in question. Do yourself a favour and don’t exclude entire sectors when looking for a job. You may miss out on the chance to earn a great salary!’ Eckhard Köhn continues, ‘We are particularly proud of the fact that all jobs listed on jobvalley offer above the minimum wage of 9.60 euros. Our main goal is to put students in charge of their careers with a wide range of flexible and, most importantly, well-paid jobs that suit their availability, location and interests – so far, we seem to be doing a pretty good job!’

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About jobvalley

HR tech company jobvalley operates Germany's largest digital platform with jobs for students and graduates. As a Workforce as a Service provider, jobvalley helps students and companies find their perfect match when it comes to flexible jobs. Combining personal support, an app for students and a well-designed client portal enables jobvalley to offer its clients and young professionals maximum flexibility, uncomplicated processes and high responsiveness. The Cologne-based company ( founded in 2008 is represented at 24 offices situated throughout Germany, has over 300 in-house employees and hires up to 7,500 students each month.

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Julia Menke
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