How much should politicians be paid
What does everyday work look like?
6:00 a.m.The day starts particularly early for you today, because there is a new week of meetings in Berlin. So after breakfast you go to the airport to take a plane to the capital.
10:40 a.m.You enter the Paul-Löbe-Haus near the Bundestag and hurry to your office. Your assistants are already on site and inform you about the upcoming dates for this week. You can also discuss incoming letters and e-mails.
12:00 o'clockYour first session is at lunchtime. In the work and social affairs group of your party you are discussing today how you can make the transition from work to retirement more flexible. So you want to give people with particularly physically demanding jobs more leeway.
2:10 p.m.Back in the office, you pick up the sandwich that your team has laid out for you. Then you look through the finished text of an interview that you gave a few days ago. Certain statements about the current government now seem a bit too critical to you. You delete this and give the revised version back to the responsible employee.
3:15 p.m.Since the public is currently loudly complaining about poor working conditions in the care sector and you are dealing intensively with this topic, you would like to publish a press release with your opinion. One of your assistants has prepared a text for you that you like overall. Together you are still working on individual formulations before you are completely satisfied.
4:05 pmTowards the end of the week you should give a speech in the plenary session of the Bundestag. After you have agreed with your work group at noon, you can now formulate in detail how you imagine a more flexible entry into retirement.
7:00 p.m.In the evening you will take part in a meeting of the regional group. Over a warm meal, you will discuss with your colleagues how you want to behave in the parliamentary group as a representative of the state of Baden-Württemberg on various political issues.
10:10 p.m.A long working day is coming to an end. Take the train home to recharge your batteries in your second home in Berlin.
- Sense of responsibility
- Good reasoning skills
- The talent to inspire people for you and your ideas
- Decision-making power
What does a politician do?
What are the job prospects?
In contrast to many other industries, you cannot plan a career in politics. Too many factors play a role such as the size and structure of your party, your success or influence with the voters and your network of contacts. In addition to a seamless career from the local association to the Bundestag, you also have the opportunity to enter the profession as a career changer in another specialist area and to skip some stations in the process. Even as a professional politician, however, you are not guaranteed this job until you retire, as party members or voters can withdraw their trust.
What qualities should I have?
What high political offices can you achieve as a politician?
- No training as a professional politician, therefore open to career changers
- Conferring offices for one term
- Often volunteer work in small communities
Did you already know, that ...
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- ... Helmut Kohl is the Federal Chancellor with the longest term in office and has ruled for a total of 16 years in a row? Angela Merkel can, however, catch up with him before she regularly resigns from office.
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As Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel has been shaping political life in Germany for over 10 years. After her third re-election in 2017, however, she announced that this would be her last term. (Image: © Armin Linnartz / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE (via Wikimedia Commons))
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What speaks for the job
- You get the chance to have a say in the developments of your city, your region or even your country
- Open profession for career changers, as there is no special training
- Good earnings prospects as a professional politician
What speaks against the job
- Long working days and commitments on weekends and holidays
- A career in politics cannot be planned in principle
Starting salary as a politician
Since, at best, you were already involved in politics in your youth, you probably know that at the beginning of your career you usually do voluntary work in local politics. You will receive an expense allowance which, depending on the area of responsibility, can be between € 300 ¹ and € 400 ¹ per month, so your starting salary as a politician is an average of € 350 ¹.
In addition, there are attendance fees, compensation for loss of earnings and travel expenses. Many politicians work in another profession, especially at the beginning, in order to be able to finance their living expenses. Your later salary mainly depends on whether you work at local, state or federal level and which position you occupy.
Salary based on work experience
Your earnings as a politician mainly depend on your position. As a mayor, you join tariff group A 13 according to TVöD and receive € 4,401.78 ¹ at the beginning of your career. In this tariff group you can earn up to € 5,422.31 ¹ during your term of office. If you find yourself in the state parliament, you as a member of parliament will receive, depending on the federal state, a member's allowance, also known as a diet, between € 4,700 ¹ and € 9,330 ¹ gross. Your allowance as a member of the Bundestag is € 10,083.47 ¹ per month. As a minister, you earn € 21,845 ¹ per month.
Salary based on work experience
Your earnings as a politician mainly depend on your position. As mayor, you join tariff group A 13 according to TVöD and receive € 4,401.78 ¹ at the beginning of your career. In this tariff group you can earn up to € 5,422.31 ¹ during your term of office. If you find yourself in the state parliament, you as a member of parliament will receive a member's allowance, also known as a diet, between € 4,700 ¹ and € 9,330 ¹ gross, depending on the federal state. Your allowance as a member of the Bundestag is € 10,083.47 ¹ per month. As a minister, you earn € 21,845 ¹ per month.
Salary by state
As a politician, you earn the most in Hesse at 4,520 € ¹, closely followed by Baden-Württemberg with an income of around 4,410 € ¹. You get the lowest salary as a politician in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, but the cost of living is comparatively lower there. Your salary depends heavily on your position, for example as a mayor you get more income than in the local council.
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