RTL Today – Secondary education: Luxembourg teachers remain the best paid in Europe

A Bulgarian teacher earns almost 10 times less than his Luxembourg colleague at the start of his career: €7,731 per year compared to €78,286 in the Grand Duchy, which remains the European country where teachers are best paid.

According to figures published by the European Commission for the 2020/2021 school year (Eurydice data), Luxembourg teachers are still the best off with an annual salary of €78,286 at the start of their career. At the end of their career, they are paid a maximum of €136,079 per year. As such, Luxembourg remains the European country where teachers are the best paid. Germany is in second place in the European ranking, with €60,163 per year at the start of a teaching career, ahead of Sweden (€39,097/year) and Austria (€39,055/year).

Of the three neighboring countries of Luxembourg, France is doing the worst. His secondary school teachers have to make do with €29,382/year. This is 2.66 times less than their Luxembourg colleagues. Belgian teachers are a little better off than their French colleagues with €33,362/year (still at the start of their career). It should be noted that in Belgium, Flemish teachers are better paid than their Walloon counterparts: €33,988 per year for Dutch-speakers against €32,737 for French-speakers.

Portuguese teachers earn €22,374 per year, which is below the European average of €27,019.

Conversely, the lowest paid secondary school teachers, with annual salaries below €10,000 per year, are found in Poland (€7,908/year), Hungary (€8,063/year) and Romania (€8,818/year), while Bulgaria comes in last with €7,731/year, or just €644 per month.

For the comparison to be effective, it is also necessary to compare the standard of living of the countries, and here it should be noted that the level of teachers’ salaries is very often correlated with the level of GDP per capita: the higher the latter, the more to increase the average teacher salary.

In general, it should be noted that the teaching profession is becoming less and less attractive. Many European countries are currently experiencing a major recruitment crisis. In France, 4,000 teachers will be needed for the start of the 2022 school year, and in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous region in Germany, 4,400 teachers will be needed.

According to the European Commission, teachers’ salaries in most countries increased in the 2020-2021 school year, as well as the year before, when the Eurydice network also reported a general increase, but sometimes less than the average. ‘inflation. In Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal, for example, teachers’ salaries have hardly changed.

Helen D. Jessen