SAP Salary Guide 2024

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Benchmark salaries, benefits and industry trends across the SAP hiring market. Inform your hiring strategy and beat the competition. The guide shares insights on SAP professionals' Pay, Benefits, Experience and Market Specialisation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Unrivalled talent insights

  • Fixed Salary benchmarks for permanent positions across various SAP modules
  • Fixed Salary data by region
  • Bonus and equity information offered to professionals 
  • Diversity data, strategy and the gender pay gap
  • Schools producing SAP talent
  • Learning and Development programmes
  • Most important benefits to SAP professionals
  • Employer value propositions to attract SAP talent


2024's SAP Hiring Market

For the past few years, the SAP market has been marked by SAP's announcement that mainstream maintenance and support for core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 software will remain only until the end of 2027. This has driven a high proportion of job moves and made moving to a cloud-based S/4 HANA system a priority for many businesses. Plenty of fresh projects have been injected into the market to ensure digital requirements are up to scratch in good time before SAP's deadlines.

In turn, S/4 HANA skills have been critical, especially amongst end-users, who are under increasing pressure to migrate their legacy ERP or on-premise systems by making new internal hires, upskilling existing SAP in-house consultants, or through external partnerships with freelance experts or consultancies.

Consultancies across Europe compete for specialist skills across the entire SAP portfolio, with holistic value-add strategies encompassing transformation, licensing and implementation. As 2027 quickly approaches, last year saw the rise of license buy-back schemes which financially supported license transfers in tandem with the implementation of a new cloud system.

Experts within the S/4HANA and cloud-native solutions are furthering their knowledge, turning attention to AI and alternate cloud platforms as integration capabilities are continuously developed, and data within the cloud has become "smarter" through AI functionalities. A multi-platform approach is being adopted both between SAP and SAP and non-SAP solutions.

Yet, with significant changes ahead for the SAP landscape, the issue surrounding talent remains. With few skilled professionals and a greater number of opportunities, competition to attract and retain the best talent is extremely competitive. Our Salary Guide aims to provide professionals with valuable insights into current salary trends, skill requirements, and job opportunities while allowing employers to understand professionals' needs and inform current hiring strategies. We hope you find it informative.

Our Research


The purpose of this methodology is to provide a clear understanding of the approach utilised in conducting a survey aimed at SAP and HRIT professionals. This survey aimed to gather insights into various aspects of the SAP hiring industry, including compensation data (Fixed salaries, bonuses and equity), working environments, trends, challenges, and best practices.

Survey Design:

  • Objective: The primary objective of the survey was to understand the perspectives and experiences of SAP professionals as well as gather data that could provide industry wide salary benchmarks.

  • Questionnaire Development: A comprehensive questionnaire was designed to cover key areas such as compensation, industry trends for 2024, important benefits, learning and development programmes, and challenges faced by SAP professionals when seeking a new job.

  • Pilot Testing: Prior to the official launch, the questionnaire underwent pilot testing to ensure clarity, relevance, and effectiveness in eliciting the desired information.

  • Question Types: The questionnaire included a mix of multiple-choice questions, Likert scale items, and open-ended questions to capture a broad spectrum of responses.

Sampling Method:

  • Target Population: The target population comprised professionals actively involved in and working with SAP across various industries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Sampling Technique: A combination of convenience sampling and purposive sampling techniques was employed to reach out to a diverse pool of professionals.

  • Sample Size: The survey aimed to collect responses from over 500 SAP professionals to ensure adequate representation and statistical reliability.

Data Collection:

  • Online Survey Platform: The survey was administered using a reputable online survey platform, ensuring ease of access and data security.

  • Distribution Channels: The survey link was distributed via professional networks, industry forums, and targeted email invitations to reach the intended audience.

  • Data Collection Period: The survey was conducted over 3 weeks in February 2024 to allow sufficient time for respondents to participate and provide thoughtful responses.

Data Analysis:

  • Quantitative Analysis: Responses to multiple-choice and Likert scale questions were subjected to quantitative analysis using statistical tools to identify trends, patterns, and correlations.

  • Qualitative Analysis: Open-ended responses were analyzed thematically to extract insights, opinions, and anecdotes shared by respondents.

Ethical Considerations:

  • Informed Consent: Participants were provided with clear information about the purpose of the survey and their voluntary participation. Consent was obtained before proceeding with the survey.

  • Anonymity and Confidentiality: Respondents were assured of the confidentiality of their responses, and measures were implemented to anonymize data to protect the privacy of participants.


  • While efforts were made to ensure the representativeness of the sample, the findings may be subject to biases inherent in survey research, such as self-selection bias.

  • The generalizability of findings may be limited to the population of Executive Search professionals who participated in the survey.


The methodology employed in this survey aimed to uphold standards of rigor and validity in data collection and analysis, thereby providing meaningful insights into the perspectives and practices of Executive Search professionals.

This methodology outlines the systematic approach adopted in conducting the survey, ensuring reliability and credibility in the generation of findings and conclusions.