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...

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