Salary guide 2017: Science

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The past 12 months has seen the science market particularly busy across pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics.

The top disciplines in demand remain in: Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA), Microbiology and Regulatory Affairs. An interesting development is that employers within these sectors are all seeking very similar experience, with the key difference being the industry experience these candidates have.

Research & Development Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Process Chemist 0 - 3 30k - 38k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k
3 - 5 38k - 45k 35k - 43k 35k - 43k 35k - 43k
5+ 45k - 55k 43k - 52k 43k - 52k 43k - 52k
R&D Analytical Chemist 0 - 3 35k - 40k 33k - 38k 33k - 38k 33k - 38k
3 - 5 40k - 50k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
5+ 50k - 58k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Regulatory Affairs Specialist 0 - 3 28k - 32k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k
3 - 5 32k - 35k 30k - 33k 30k - 33k 30k - 33k
5+ 35k - 38k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k
Regulatory Affairs Manager 0 - 3 38k - 43k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
3 - 5 43k - 48k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
5+ 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
Microbiologist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k
Development Chemist 0 - 3 35k - 40k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k
3 - 5 40k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
5+ 45k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Lab Manager (non pharma) 0 - 3 45k - 50k 43k - 45k 43k - 45k 43k - 45k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
5+ 55k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
Lab Manager (pharma) 0 - 3 45k - 50k 43k - 45k 43k - 45k 43k - 45k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
5+ 55k - 70k 50k - 68k 50k - 68k 50k - 68k
Lab Supervisor 0 - 3 40k - 45k 38k - 43k 38k - 43k 38k - 43k
3 - 5 45k - 53k 43k - 50k 43k - 48k 43k - 48k
5+ 53k - 60k 50k - 55k 48k - 53k 48k - 53k
Lab Technician 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
5+ 35k - 38k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k
Lab Assistant 0 - 3 24k - 28k 24k - 28k 22k - 27k 22k - 27k
3 - 5 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 27k - 32k 27k - 32k
5+ 33k - 35k 33k - 35k 32k - 35k 32k - 35k

Analytical Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Analytical Chemist 0 - 3 35k - 40k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k
3 - 5 40k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
5+ 45k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Materials Scientist 0 - 3 35k - 40k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k
3 - 5 40k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
5+ 45k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Documentation Officer 0 - 3 28k - 32k 23k - 28k 23k - 28k 23k - 28k
3 - 5 32k - 36k 28k - 31k 28k - 31k 28k - 31k
5+ 36k - 40k 31k - 35k 31k - 35k 31k - 35k
Microbiology Analyst 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k
Biochemist 0 - 3 35k - 40k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k 32k - 38k
3 - 5 40k - 45k 38k - 43k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
5+ 45k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Process Development Manager 0 - 3 55k - 60k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
5+ 65k - 75k 60k - 70k 60k - 68k 60k - 68k
Food Microbiologist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k
Food Chemist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 42k 33k - 40k 33k - 40k 33k - 40k
5+ 42k - 45k 40k - 43k 40k - 43k 40k - 43k
Formulations Scientist 0 - 3 38k - 47k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
3 - 5 47k - 58k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
5+ 58k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
Formulations Manager 0 - 3 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
3 - 5 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
5+ 60k - 80k 60k - 80k 60k - 80k 60k - 80k
Microbiologist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k 33k - 45k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k

Clinical Trials / Statistics Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Clinical Research Officer 0 - 3 26k - 32k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k
3 - 5 32k - 35k 28k - 30k 28k - 30k 28k - 30k
5+ 35k - 40k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k
Clinical Data Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
5+ 55k - 70k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k

Quality & Validation Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Director of Quality 0 - 3 55k - 65k 50k - 63k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
3 - 5 65k - 80k 63k - 78k 60k - 75k 60k - 75k
5+ 80k - 120k 78k - 110k 75k - 105k 75k - 105k
Quality Manager 0 - 3 55k - 60k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k
3 - 5 60k - 75k 55k - 68k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
5+ 75k - 90k 68k - 85k 65k - 85k 65k - 85k
QA Auditor 0 - 3 45k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 55k - 60k 50k - 58k 50k - 58k 50k - 58k
5+ 60k - 65k 58k - 63k 58k - 63k 58k - 63k
QA / QC Supervisor 0 - 3 40k - 45k 38k - 43k 38k - 43k 38k - 43k
3 - 5 45k - 50k 43k - 48k 43k - 48k 43k - 48k
5+ 50k - 55k 48k - 53k 48k - 53k 48k - 53k
QA / QC Analyst 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
5+ 35k - 38k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k
Qualified Person (QP) 0 - 3 60k - 70k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
3 - 5 70k - 80k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k
5+ 80k - 100k 75k - 95k 75k - 90k 75k - 90k
Quality Systems Manager 0 - 3 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
3 - 5 60k - 75k 55k - 68k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
5+ 75k - 90k 68k - 85k 65k - 85k 65k - 85k
Quality Systems Specialist 0 - 3 45k - 50k 43k - 48k 43k - 48k 43k - 48k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 48k - 53k 48k - 53k 48k - 53k
5+ 55k - 63k 53k - 60k 53k - 60k 53k - 60k
Quality Technician 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
5+ 35k - 38k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k 33k - 35k
Compliance Officer 0 - 3 30k - 35k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k
5+ 40k - 45k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
Compliance Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 50k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 53k 45k - 53k
5+ 60k - 70k 55k - 65k 53k - 63k 55k - 65k

New Product Development (NPD) Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
NPD Technologist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 34k 28k - 34k 28k - 34k
3 - 5 35k - 38k 34k - 37k 34k - 37k 34k - 37k
5+ 38k - 45k 37k - 43k 37k - 43k 37k - 43k
NPD Manager 0 - 3 40k - 45k 37k - 43k 37k - 43k 37k - 43k
3 - 5 45k - 55k 43k - 48k 43k - 45k 43k - 45k
5+ 55k - 65k 48k - 58k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k

Other

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Calibrations Co - Ordinator 0 - 3 30k - 37k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 28k - 35k
3 - 5 37k - 40k 35k - 38k 35k - 38k 35k - 38k
5+ 40k - 48k 38k - 46k 38k - 46k 38k - 46k

Commentary on Science Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2017

Throughout the year the market has swayed from being jobs driven to candidate driven. There are a large number of qualified, experienced candidates on the market while employers are seeking specific industry experience with no compromise on this requirement. For example; on the chemistry side there is a steady demand for experienced QC analysts who have specific instrumentation experience including High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography (GC), Karl Fisher (KF), Dissolution, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). In comparison Microbiology job opportunities have been fewer this year, but equally demanding when it comes to specific experience required. Roles requiring Bioburden, Endotoxin and Environmental Monitoring experience remain available.

In terms of the gender mix - the balance tends to be very 50:50, this is evident at all levels within the science disciplines. For now, there are no predictions for this balance to change.  

Due to the availability of third level education in science within Ireland, there is a consistent flow of candidates coming onto the market. Graduates in Science, Biotechnology, Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology are highly sought after. The demand for more biologics focused candidates is gradually increasing, this demand reflects the growth in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland through new start-ups and pharmaceutical companies moving into the biologics space.

The science jobs market continues to be very heavily based around contract positions. Interestingly, demand for contractors reflects projects and new product lines that companies are launching. Permanent opportunities also come up but not as frequently as contracts do. A positive note with contracts is that they do tend to lead to an extension or conversion to permanent roles.

For the most part, salaries will remain competitive going into 2017 either offering a strong base salary for contract positions or lower salary with a robust package for permanent positions. Candidates interested in working shift based roles can avail of a strong base salary with an equally competitive shift allowance although salary is not always the deciding factor for candidates to move into a new role. 

This originally appeared on morganmckinley.ie