IDA's Indicative minimum salaries

How much should you as a minimum make as a STEM professional? Each year, IDA sets an indicative minimum salary for its members. Find out what you should be paid for your work.

No minimum salary in Denmark

As a professional in the Danish labour market, you are probably already aware that Denmark has no minimum salary agreed by law. Instead, the labour market is regulated by collective agreements. 

This is why it is important to familiarise yourself with the recommended minimum salary for your profile. When you know how much you should be paid as a minimum for your work, you can negotiate for a fair salary.

IDA's recommendations are based on our thorough insight into the STEM job market in Denmark, and with our recommendations at hand, you can help ensure that no one undermines IDA members' pay and the agreed collective labour agreements in place in your industry.

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The indicative minimum salary 2024

The calculation of the minimum indicative salary for private sector employees is based on the average salary of the youngest cohort of private sector employees in the salary statistics for 2023, plus the expected price movements for the coming year. The indicative minimum salary includes pension.

The IDA Council of Employees, which sets the framework for the pay of IDA's members, has decided on the following minimum indicative salaries for 2024:

  • Masters of Engineering, MSc graduates and other members with a long higher education degree: DKK 45,600.
  • Graduate engineers, bachelors and other members with a medium-cycle higher education degree: DKK 43,600.

Indicative hourly wage for students in STEM

The indicative hourly wage is pension-inclusive and calculated for students in a technical and scientific study-related job in Denmark in 2024.

  • For students who have studied on a technical and scientific programme for 1-3 years: DKK 196.
  • For students who have been studying a technical and scientific programme for 4-5 years: DKK 212.

Indicative rate for traineeship pay

The indicative rate of traineeship salary for Bachelor of Engineering students in engineering traineeship in 2024: DKK 16,200 per month.

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