Professors have status and responsibility?
February 14, 2012 3:58 PM Subscribe
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow (46 comments total)
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Taking their position of status and responsibility into account, Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that German university professors are underpaid
.Longer article in German
, Google translated here
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
is responsible for judicial review of government policy, ensuring compliance with the Basic Law
. (full pdf text
of the Basic Law in authorized English translation)
As of 2005, German university professors are paid as per the W1, W2 and W3
civil servant pay grades. An untenured Juniordozent (W1) is currently paid a base salary of 3525 € per month, about $55 000 per year, with some chance of receiving token bonus pay. The court has ruled that this is in violation of Article 33, paragraph 5 of the Basic Law, which mandates a reasonable salary for civil servants.
North American salaries for junior lecturers are considerably lower. For example, the starting salary for a full time lecturer at the University of Lethbridge is $36 000