This emerges from the Federal Government's response to a written question from the AfD parliamentary group, citing figures from the Federal Employment Agency, which the newspapers of the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” report on. The average monthly gross wage in the west was 3.526 euros per month, in the east it was only 2.827 euros.
This corresponds to a wage difference of a good fifth (19,8 percent). A comparison with the figures from 2018 shows that the pay gap between east and west has narrowed slightly in the past year. The average wages in the new federal states rose by 120 euros per month, while the old states recorded an increase of 92 euros. Nationwide, the average gross wage of full-time employees with social security obligations last year was EUR 3.401 a month, an increase of 2,9 percent or EUR 97 compared to 2018 (EUR 3.304). The biggest pay gap between the federal states is between Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: If the average pay in the Hanseatic city last year was € 3.820 gross per month, it was only € 2.608 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. An employee in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania therefore earned almost a third less than a comparable employee in Hamburg. Nationwide, employees from Saarland recorded the lowest increase in wages compared to the previous year at 2,3 percent or EUR 77. "Work and performance are still paid far less in East Germany than in the West of the Republic," criticized the labor policy spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, René Springer. “Thirty years ago, the federal government promised citizens in the new federal states of blossoming landscapes in which it was worth living and working. However, a look at the pay slip shows that the promise was not kept for most East Germans. ”