2014 Salary Survey Closed

Check back for the results in November!

By | July 14, 2014

Thank you for your interest in The Scientist’s 2014 salary survey. The survey is now closed; the results will be published in our November issue.

Last year, The Scientist opened up its annual salary survey for the first time to life scientists working outside of the U.S., revealing considerable differences in income between different regions of the world. Across academia, industry, and government, US researchers reported earning an average of nearly $96,000 per year, while European scientists reported an average of just $66,700, and researchers in India just $11,200. What will this year’s results tell us? In November, we’ll break the data down by life science specializations, geographic location, degree, job title, and more.



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March 10, 2014

why indian scientist very poor, but indian politician , actor , cricketer are very rich


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May 5, 2014

how can scientists be compared to actors, players, politicians? Actors and players work on incentives mainly, and including politicians have investment in lot of ventures. Scientists have fix salary and can earn more from patents.

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July 18, 2014

The salary in each category must be linked to the cost of life, benefits, healthcare cost, the number of work hours in a week, the number of vacation days in a year. $50k mean very different for a postdoc in academia, who lives in New York City, works 80 hours per week without any vacation, pays for health care out of his pocket because of high deductables, has no benefits, and for an FDA employee who lives somewhere in MidWest, works <40 hours per week, goes on vacation, has a good health insurance plan with a lot of benefits. Comparing salaries in different countries is even more ridiculous. When I moved to the US from Russia, my salary in terms of USD was increased exactly ten-fold (!), but the quality of life was decreased rather than increased. This survey as is just does not make sense!


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