The reasons to pursue a doctorate after graduation can be individually diverse. But not every successful doctorate leads to a scientific career. In addition to the pursuit of scientific laurels and appropriate recognition, the prospect of a higher salary is likely to play an important role. Often, the doctorate is even considered the key to getting ahead.

With a doctorate is usually associated with a significant salary increase in the profession. This begins with the professional entry. The higher the academic degree, the higher the starting salary. In its study entitled “Alumni remuneration 2015”, Kienbaum recruitment consultancy found an initial salary of 60,500 euros per year for doctoral students with a doctorate. Newcomers with a master’s degree receive about 46,300 euros, graduates with a bachelor’s degree only about 43,000 euros. In addition, the promotion usually also increases the chance to ascend faster in the corporate hierarchy.

The doctoral title therefore increases the probability of a higher salary, depending on the industry and field of activity. Up to 40% more salary (for lawyers) can be associated with a successful dissertation. However, a doctorate also allows for at least 20% higher salary in other industries, such as with engineers, controllers or project managers. The intellectual, temporal and financial investment in a doctoral thesis is worthwhile.

However, the drop-out rate for doctoral projects is high across disciplines (between 40-50%). Many doctoral theses are not completed. Only in the natural sciences and in medicine are the success rates above average. Many doctoral candidates do not seem to be sufficiently aware of the requirements and burdens of a doctorate in advance. Particularly external doctoral students are at risk here, as it is usually more difficult for them to recognize all requirements and hurdles, even of an informal kind, in good time.

Not infrequently, unforeseen factors are added, which can delay or even jeopardize the project “doctoral thesis”. Keeping up the motivation for a longer period of two to three years or more will not always succeed. In addition, a change of doctoral supervisor, offspring in the family or a professional restructuring can lead the doctoral student to its limits and put the successful dissertation in question.

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