The TVöD table is used only for state jobs, as far as I understand. Can this table be used as reference for realistic salary expectations (as a Software Developer) or is it way too high or way too low compared to the actual average salaries?

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    In comparison to industry, the state pays absolutely lousy for developers. It's of course location dependant, but in the frankfurt metro area for instance private industry devs get 40-80% more depending on seniority and specialization – user308386 Apr 5 '19 at 13:25
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    @Magisch Flesh that out a bit and that sounds like a good answer to me! – motosubatsu Apr 5 '19 at 13:45
  • @Magisch But it’s correct to assume that the values in the table are the minimum salary for degree/years or experience? – itsaMe Apr 5 '19 at 14:30

There are job postings for software developers in public service, and they are usually in the E10..E12 range. But I'd say it's a bit low compared to industry, and some of those postings even say that they are willing to pay a bit more ("Zulage").

You could also compare this to IG Metall, which is quite a bit higher for the same levels, and has increased more in the last twenty years. A software developer would be in the EG 11..13 level in IG Metall, AFAIK.

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