Thread: PhD salary???
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Old 24.04.2007, 11:50
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Re: PhD salary???

PhD salary isn't really negotiable. It's dependent upon the field you are in and how much money that field has. There is usually a base salary which every PhD candidate has to get paid and then depending upon the amount of money your professor/department has you might get paid more. All the PhDs in my lab here at the ETH Zurich in organic chemisty take home around CHF 3000. There are a few that get paid more but that is because they are the computer administrator for the lab or teaching a practikum or something else extra.

The whole 60%, 75%, 100% thing has nothing to do with how much you work it has to do with how much you are paid. A 100% position doesn't work any more necessarily than a 60% they just get paid more. It is definitely not considered a part-time position.

But really grad school isn't a job. You may get paid but it definitely isn't an normal work environment. I don't think salary is negotiable, nor is vacation time. And it being grad school although you may get 20 days of vacation, if your boss doesn't think PhD's should take that much time off it would be harmful to your letter of recommendation to do so. Which is why it's good to know what kind of slave driver your PI is.
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