Spanish speakers have more job options, German speakers earn more money

When employers are asked what they look for in employees and job applicants, communication skills always top the list. The ability to express ideas clearly and accurately is valuable, enduring, and highly marketable.

It is perhaps not really surprising to learn that companies will not only pay employees well who can communicate, but may pay even better those who can do so in more ways than one. While connecting with people, understanding them, and delivering clear and compelling messages is good, being able to connect with more people, in different ways and in different places, is better.

In other words, companies prioritize being multilingual.

Thanks to Preply, one of the best language learning providers, we now know what another language is worth in today’s job market.

Overall, Preply says there are great benefits to bringing a second or third language to your application. “Having a second language under your belt continues to be seen as a huge advantage by employers, and it may even be what sets you apart from other applicants,” said Daniele Saccardi, campaigns manager at Preply.

But not all language skills are coveted to the same degree.

So if someone is considering learning a second or third language, which languages ​​do employers most want? If you had to choose a language to study and your career options were a factor, which language is most worth learning?

After the company scanned 1.5 million job postings, Preply says speaking Spanish will give you the most opportunities. Speaking German or Portuguese will earn you the most money.

The Preply study found that of the 750,000 US jobs that sought bilingual employees, more than 152,000 sought Spanish speakers. That’s one in five and a massive amount of opportunity for those who know the language.

They also found that for jobs advertised in the United States, speaking German will earn you the highest salary. Jobs that require Deutsch pay an average of almost $70,000 a year – $69,898.22 to be precise. Not far behind is Portuguese. If you land a job that opens doors in places like Brazil and Cape Verde, you’ll earn an average salary of $64,507, Preply says. In the salary race, knowing Japanese is third, with an average salary of $58,840.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary in the United States, regardless of language skills, is around $53,000. So knowing your Portuguese, Japanese or German can really pay off.

What’s really interesting about the new data from Preply is that they were able to break it down by major city as well as by language.

In New York, knowing Portuguese is a big problem. The average salary for a Portuguese-speaking worker in Grande Maça – that’s Portuguese for Big Apple – is $263,780. Knowing Japanese in New York is worth an average salary of $97,450, says Preply.

In San Francisco, knowing German is king with an average salary of $124,987. In Boston, the German is also the highest paid dog with an average salary of $129,300. In Chicago, it’s German again, at $144,880. But in Chi-town, the second and third highest salaries for specific languages ​​go to French and Italian with salaries of $115,000 and $84,000 respectively.

Seeing all those six-figure salaries makes the point. Language skills pay off for both employee and employer. And not just because a multilingual team member can talk to more people.

“In reality, having a second language gives access to a whole new culture. When you commit to learning a new language, you automatically immerse yourself in a whole new way of thinking and living,” Saccardi said.

There’s actually more to it than that, says Saccardi. “Being multilingual also signals to employers that you are likely to have other characteristics such as versatility, ambition and sensitivity to other cultures,” he said.

If competitive salaries and career benefits aren’t enough of an incentive to learn a new language or improve your current understanding, here’s another reason to plug in the headphones and start speaking new words – employees who can speak another language may not just get more or better jobs here, they may become attractive candidates to work in exotic locations. If you dream of living in Paris, earning a good salary from an American company, it will help you to speak at least a little French.

Of all the things that can be done to improve someone’s career prospects or open new paths, learning a new language is probably the fastest, cheapest and most rewarding – personally and financially. Compared to what it takes to get an MBA or to learn to code, for example, putting together German sounds sounds like a großartige Idee. It’s German for a good idea.

James R. Rhodes