GERMANY: 2021 Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

February 25, 2021

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2021.

New Salary Thresholds

  • Regular Blue Card holders in Germany must be paid at least EUR 56,800 per year (up from EUR 55,200 in 2020).
  • Blue Card holders in shortage occupations must be paid at least EUR 44,304 per year (up from EUR 43,056 in 2020).


The Blue Card (Blaue Karte) is applicable to highly-skilled employees with a local job offer. and a salary at least two-thirds of the German pension fund contribution ceiling (Beitragsbemessungsgrenze der deutschen Rentenversicherung), which changes slightly every year.

The Blue Card regulation also applies to skilled employees in shortage occupations (‘Mangelberufe’ – scientists, mathematicians, engineers, doctors in human medicine, academic specialists in IT and communication) with an annual salary of at least 52% of the German pension fund contribution ceiling.

For shortage occupations, the labour authorities must check that the employment conditions match the local standards, and the employer must submit an official format job description.

Our Advice

Employers of foreign nationals planning to apply for or renew an EU Blue Card in Germany in 2021 – or with pending Blue Card applications for work starting in 2021 – should ensure that salaries meet the 2021 minimum salary requirement.

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Germany, please contact us