From 01.01.2021 onwards, Germany now has a minimum wage law set at 9.50 Euro/hour.
What does the law exactly say?
The actual text to the law can be found, in German, here. The section on internships can be found under §22.
When does the minimum wage for interns work?
You can use this link to find out directly on the website of the Federal Ministry whether your internship is subject to minimum wage.
Who should I contact if I have specific questions?
The Federal Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs has a Service-Hotline for specific questions. The hotline can be reached under 030/60 28 00 28 from Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Furthermore, the Ministry has a FAQ website with questions and answers to the minimum wage alterations.
What exactly does the minimum wage law do?
With a 40 hour work week, the minimum wage projects a brutto monthly wage of around 1,600 Euros. The Ministry website has a wage calculator for further calculations. For comparison: a public sector employee with a Bachelor degree (wage class E 9 / E 10, level 1) is around 3.000 to 3.400 Euro a month. Master degree holders can expect (E 13, level 1) around 4,000 Euro.
All values are subject to change.