In my contract, it says salary is according to "TVöD level 13". Can anyone tell me which table belongs to this category from all the tables in öffentlicher-dienst.info. There are many TVöD tables and I don't know which one is mine.

My tax class is 1 and working hours is full time and position is in Bayern.

Thanks for the help in advance!!

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Here is the table.

You have to look at row E13, which is the standard monthly pay for PhD students with a full position in Germany. The first column is for the first year, then you advance to the second column at the beginning of the second year, and to the third column at the beginning of the fourth year.

Those are values before taxes. Clicking on the number leads you to an online calculator that estimates the value after taxes.

This amount is paid 12.5 times a year: one salary per month plus an additional half salary in November as Christmas money (Weihnachtsgeld/Sonderzahlung).

The above is valid for doctoral students with full positions, which are common in engineering. It is common in many other fields to have partial positions (50% or 65% of a position). In this case, the contract will specify a reduced number of hours per week (20.05 or 26.65 instead of 40.1 hours per week in Bayern) and the corresponding percentage will be applied to the salary before taxes. The percentage after taxes will be higher due to a reduced tax rate: there are online calculators such as this one that estimate this value.

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    But I believe that graduate students typically have 50% positions -- so only half of the full-time salary. Nov 15, 2019 at 1:00
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    @WolfgangBangerth That depends on the field, institution and funding agency. 50% positions have become rare. Nowadays phd positions in the sciences are mostly 65%, in engineering 100%.
    – user9482
    Nov 15, 2019 at 6:02
  • @Wolfgang Bangerth there are full positions for PhD students, especially in engineering. OP explicitly said they have a full position.
    – wimi
    Nov 15, 2019 at 6:09
  • It is worth noting that the monthly salary is indeed payed 12 times per year (i.e. including the summer break) unlike the 9-month salaries sometimes payed at US universities.
    – MKR
    Nov 15, 2019 at 11:28
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    @MKR actually, 12.5 times, because there is an extra half salary in November as Christmas money. I added all this to the answer (partial positions and extra salary).
    – wimi
    Nov 15, 2019 at 11:39

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