How much is a university teacher paid

For Andrea Fleissner, the problems began with the eight-year high school. Suddenly the children had no more time for music lessons after school, and the singing teacher was getting fewer and fewer registrations. In order to be able to continue paying her rent, she accepted a teaching position at the university in addition to the music school, where there is also something to do in the mornings.

Since 2010 she has been preparing students there for their state examination in singing. "The job fulfills me, it's really fun," says Fleissner. But she cannot make big leaps with the extra income from teaching: Music lecturers at the University of Erlangen-N├╝rnberg (FAU) get 22 euros for 45 minutes of lessons - even less than their colleagues at the music academies.

The problem is getting worse every year because the cost of living is rising and the salaries for lecturers at universities are lagging behind. The rate of 22 euros at FAU has not been increased since the 2009/10 winter semester. Before that, it stagnated for eight years at 18.50 euros - hardly more than in 1988, when it was the equivalent of 16 euros. "With preparation and follow-up, the apprenticeship is a third," says Andrea Fleissner. "That hardly pays off." Her students probably made more money than she did from waiting.

FAU is not an isolated case; lecturers at the other Bavarian universities only receive pocket money. Because they work independently, the contributions for pension, long-term care and health insurance are deducted from their low wages. The number of teaching hours is renegotiated every semester, there is no planning security or protection against dismissal.

And for the little money that remains, the lecturers even pay in advance: the account is only paid at the end of the semester. If hours are missed, for example on public holidays or because of illness, there is no money at all. Not even during the semester break. Nevertheless, Andrea Fleissner cannot do without the part-time job. "Without the position, I would not be able to make ends meet financially."

Just like you are now many lecturers at universities: They are dependent on the additional income, no matter how low it is. It hits particularly hard in the creative professions, in which the earning potential is not always the best anyway. Many are at risk of old-age poverty even though they are well educated. The Bavarian University Personnel Act does not actually provide for this to happen.