The Long Road to Riches in the Life Sciences

The highest paying jobs in life sciences involve clinical research, bioinformatics, or bioengineering, according to an earnings survey by The Scientist and Abbott, Langer & Associates Inc. The median salaries plus cash compensation for jobs in these disciplines, from $75,000 to $77,000, are 36-40 percent higher than the $55,000 median pay for the 7,902 life scientists who provided usable responses. Salaries for doctorate bioinformaticians who also hold medical degrees prove to be even higher

Paula Park
Sep 16, 2001
The highest paying jobs in life sciences involve clinical research, bioinformatics, or bioengineering, according to an earnings survey by The Scientist and Abbott, Langer & Associates Inc. The median salaries plus cash compensation for jobs in these disciplines, from $75,000 to $77,000, are 36-40 percent higher than the $55,000 median pay for the 7,902 life scientists who provided usable responses. Salaries for doctorate bioinformaticians who also hold medical degrees prove to be even higher; the median for those researchers--the majority of whom work in pharmaceutical company labs--is $95,000.

The salaries in these specialized fields suggest that life science researchers can boost their pay by acquiring clinical, engineering, and computer skills. These earning trends also reflect a theme supported by other survey data: Supply and demand rule the labor market. The need for bioinformaticians, bioengineers, and clinical researchers outpaces the supply.

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