**UPDATE 03/02/2018:**

**The class and level structure has changed in 2017, so the discussion below is no longer up to date. However, the concrete difference in terms of remuneration should not be that large.****I updated the value of the index point.****I added at the end a graph summarizing the salary progression.**

First, a vocabulary point: The hierarchy is defined by three variables. They are given below starting with the most significant; their values are listed in order of increasing seniority.

- The rank (
*corps*) : CR (*chargé de recherche*) or DR (*directeur de recherche*) - The class (
*classe*) : 2, 1 and (for DRs only) CE (*classe exceptionnelle*) - The level (
*échelon*): from 1 to 6 for CR2 and from 1 to 9 for CR1

#### Remuneration

Since the recruitment takes place almost exclusively at the CR (

*chargé de recherche*) rank, this is what I will discuss in the following. The remuneration is expressed in index points. At the moment, one point is worth 56.2323 €: its value has increased very slowly over the last 12 years and does not compensate the inflation rate (see the graph below). The number of points is given in this table, to be used as follows:- Each level (column 1) is reached after a seniority
**in that particular rank**indicated in the fourth column (For CR2, use the number of years since the beginning of your PhD). The seniority is**cumulative**: to reach the 4th CR2 level you need 1+1+1 years of experience. The number of points corresponding to the level is given in the third column (*indice majoré*). - Multiply this number by the value of the index point and divide by 12 to obtain the "gross" monthly salary (
*salaire brut mensuel*).^{1}I use the inverted commas because this amount is after some contributions and taxes. In particular, this is**not**the total cost of employment! - Multiply by about 0.83 to obtain the net salary (
*salaire net*). This is the amount that you will effectively receive in your bank account every month. At this point, mandatory health insurance, retirement and all other contributions have already been subtracted, but you will of course need to pay income tax.

Note that the administration can take a few months to validate your work experience, time during which you will be paid a first-level salary. However, once the paperwork is done, you will retroactively receive the difference starting from your first day of employment.

After four years you'll be promoted to CR1, directly to the 4th level, at an index of 623 (the top CR2 level corresponds to the 3rd CR1 level, but some of the seniority "carries over" from one class to the next).

For your information, the remuneration level for all CNRS positions is also available.

#### Bonuses

Aside from the basis salary calculated above, you can also receive:

- A statutory bonus: Automatically attributed to all researchers, it amounts to 340 € (CR2) or 450 € (CR1) twice a year.
- A performance bonus: Reserved to the best and brightest (as defined by the CoNRS committees).

#### Extra income

Researchers are allowed to supplement their salary within certain limits. The most common supplementary activities are teaching and consulting.#### Progression

As a concrete example, I show below the evolution of my net annual salary (in nominal euros and inflation-corrected), including the statutory bonus. It amounts to an annual raise of 1.4% (on top of the inflation). The 2006 value is above the 2007 one because I had received an amount that was due for 2005.^{1. The gross salary can also include a small residence bonus and a family contribution (depending on the number of children), but I neglected them in the calculation. See here for more details. ↩}