1998 Salaries

Interested in what your colleagues are making at the private liberal arts college across town, at biotech and pharmaceutical firms in your region, or at agencies inside the Beltway? Or are you getting ready to hire a new employee or apply for a position in the life sciences? If so, openly discussing salaries with colleagues or at the beginning stages of a job search can be prickly.

So how do you get a handle on how much you're worth? The information is out there in many forms. Professional societies, private firms, the federal government, and academic groups all produce annual and semiannual surveys listing the salaries of scientists in academia, government, and industry. These surveys cover salary information by several different variables, such as gender, degree, level of experience, ethnicity, discipline, and employment sector.

The Washington, D.C.-based Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST) produced the most...

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