In Germany, the contribution assessment ceiling (Beitragsbemessungsgrenze) limits how much you pay for social security. It affects your public pension and unemployment insurance payments.

If your salary is more than the Beitragsbemessungsgrenze, you pay the maximum social security contributions. For example, unemployment insurance costs 1.2% of your income. If you earn more than the Beitragsbemessungsgrenze, it will be 1.2% of the Beitragsbemessungsgrenze. Even if your income goes up, your social security contributions stay the same1.

The Beitragsbemessungsgrenze is 81000€/year in former East German states, and 84600€/year in other states1.