• Question: How much do you get paid

    Asked by jamieingham to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 22 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by jordant, ahmidilada.
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      Amy MacQueen answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      Hey Jamie,

      Well, technically coz I’m a PhD student they don’t actually PAY me (tight huh?) but I do get a bursary from the BBSRC which is a government funded research council. This covers my rent and living costs like food and travel and leaves some left over for having fun too. So its not exactly lucrative but you have enough to have a comfortable life!!

      But once you have a PhD if you go into pharmaceutical company work you get paid a lot more because you have a higher level of qualification…so I guess it works out well in the long run!

      Are you thinking of doing science? Its not a job I would do for the money – more for enjoyment!

      Laters, 🙂

    • Photo: Drew Rae

      Drew Rae answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Hey Jamie. Just over 40 thousand pounds a year.

    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Same as Amy really…

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      Sara Imari Walker answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      Hello jamieingham, jordant, and ahmidilada! I hope you are asking because you are interested in a career in science =)

      The UK may be different than the US, but as a PhD student I was actually payed with a stipend to attend university. My salary was $21,000 a year (that’s about 13,000 pounds a year), which isn’t much but is enough to live on as a student (my tuition was also fully covered on top of my stipend). As a postdoctoral researcher I make about $50,000 a year (30,000 pounds). Again not so great! But I am only a year out of school so I still fall under the “early career” side of the salary range. Academia pays low in general though so consider yourself warned! If you want to make big bucks in a career in science its best to go into the private sector!