Buoyed by strong demand for personnel to conduct research and development programs in the quest for new products, average annual salaries for pharmaceutical scientists rose significantly in 1990, a recently released survey found. However, according to the study, the recession dampened starting pay during the same year.

Healthy gains were posted by professionals in government, industry, and academia, according to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), which sponsored the survey.

The average annual salary for pharmaceutical scientists in industry was $66,300, a 4.9 percent increase over the 1989 level, while pay for these scientists rose by 7.3 percent in academia, to an average of $63,100. Government employees received $57,300 on average, a 5.3 percent gain, the results showed.

By contrast, average starting pay dropped 2.5 percent, to $43,400. And average salaries for new hires in industry remained flat, at $45,100.

The survey tallied responses from 1,705 pharmaceutical scientists who...

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