Researchers salaries under the microscope -

Researchers salaries under the microscope


LONDON — Austria, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are the countries in Europe offering the highest salaries to their researchers according to a study published by the European Commission while salaries in many of the counties of Eastern Europe are less enticing.

The 'Study of the remuneration of EU researchers in the public and private commercial sectors' compared the net and gross salaries of researchers at different stages of their careers.

Taking into account the cost of living in each country, the study found that the best off researchers were those living in Austria (earning €60,530 annually), the Netherlands (€56,721) and Luxembourg (€56,268). These salaries are well above the EU average of €40,126, and are comparable with wages that researchers might expect to earn in the US (€62,793) and Japan (€61,991).

Other Member States offering attractive wages include Belgium (€55,998), Germany (€53,358), the United Kingdom (€52,776) and Cyprus (€50,549).

However, the situation looks a lot less prosperous in other Member States, particularly in the countries of eastern Europe, where salaries fall way below the EU average. In Bulgaria for example, a researcher might hope to earn €9,770 annually, while in Romania the average salary stands at €13,489.

There is also a startling difference in many of the countries between the pay packets of female and male researchers. The biggest contrast is in Estonia, where a male researcher can expect to earn €23,000 compared to a female researcher who can only hope to earn just under half of this (€12,179). Women researchers also fare badly in the Czech Republic and Portugal, earning some 36 percent less than men.

The study also looked at which countries offer the best overall salary progression throughout a researcher's career. In the U.K. for example, a researcher can expect an incremental increase in their wages of over 235 percent during their career. In contrast, researchers in Denmark would only see an incremental increase of 90 percent.

In order to compare the researchers’ remunerations in EU25 andAssociated Countries, they have been converted in terms of standardised PPS. The PPP index calculated as the rate of final consumption by Eurostat has been appliedas the corrective coefficient for the purposes of this study, since it considers the cost of living in each country, while allowing multilateral comparison at international level (including Australia, China, India, Japan and the United States). This table presents the result of this process.

Click here for large version of the table.

(*)The corrective coefficients in those countries are the PPP from 2003 published by the World Bank.

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