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  • A trainee or newly qualified biochemist may earn around £21,000 to £27,000 a year.
  • Experienced and senior biochemists may earn up to £60,000


  • Graduate entrants may earn between £19,000 and £24,000 a year.
  • Established biotechnologists may earn between £30,000 and £60,000


  • New graduates may be paid between £16,000 and £22,000 a year and up to £35,000 with more experience.
  • Chemists leading projects or teams may earn up to £60,000 or more a year.

 Clinical Scientists

  • Starting salaries for newly qualified biomedical scientists in the NHS range from around £20,000 to £34,000 a year.
  • Heads of service may earn up to £81,000.


  • New ecologists may earn between £20,000 and £24,000 a year and with experience around £25,000 to £35,000.
  • Consultant ecologists may earn around £40,000.

 Food scientists and technologists

  • Salaries may start at around £20,000 a year and with more experience this could rise to £25,000.
  • Those in senior management positions could earn up to £45,000.

 Forensic scientists

  • Assistant forensic scientists may earn approximately £20,000 a year.
  • Forensic scientists may earn from around £25,000 to over £35,000 a year and senior forensic scientists may earn around £45,000 a year.

 Laboratory technician

  • Starting salaries for laboratory technicians may be around £13,500 a year and with experience, this may rise to around £20,000.


  • Trainee physicists may earn approximately £21,000 a year and with experience, more than £35,000 a year.
  • Senior physicists may earn over £45,000


  • Graduate entrants into government departments may earn around £25,000 a year.
  • Graduates with experience or additional qualifications may earn around £40,000 and top salaries may be in excess of £100,000 in industry.

 Operational Researchers

  • Starting salaries typically range from £20,000 to £28,000 a year.
  • Salaries for experienced operational researchers may be £40,000+.
  • Senior research managers or consultants in the private sector could earn over £100,000 a year.


  • Starting salaries can be between £20,000 and £27,000
  • With experience statisticians may earn from £40,000 a year up to £53,000.
  • Salaries in the private sector tend to be higher, particularly in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors.

Salary figures (Nov 2011) are taken from the Next Step website, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including your location, qualifications and experience.