Survey Finds That Medical Researchers' Median Salaries Increased Last Year

Medical schools and hospitals paid their research scientists higher average salaries last year than during the previous two years, according to a recently released survey conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Annual actual salaries for medical research scientists reached an average of $36,485 in 1991, a 17.4 percent increase over the 1989 level and 26.8 percent more than the 1990 figure, according to the survey. The institution polled 33 hospitals, 11 medical scho

Edward Silverman
Aug 16, 1992

Medical schools and hospitals paid their research scientists higher average salaries last year than during the previous two years, according to a recently released survey conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Annual actual salaries for medical research scientists reached an average of $36,485 in 1991, a 17.4 percent increase over the 1989 level and 26.8 percent more than the 1990 figure, according to the survey.

The institution polled 33 hospitals, 11 medical schools, and 53 medical centers--facilities combining hospitals and schools--throughout the United States as part of an examination of salary data for 50 health-care positions. Salary data on a total of 120 research scientists were collected.

The survey defined a research scientist as someone with a Ph.D. who plans and directs a major medical project, prepares and submits grant proposals, administers funds, defines problems, offers solutions, establishes procedures, evaluates findings, makes presentations, and may supervise...