2016 Science Salary & Benefits Guide

Stephen O'Brien 12.01.2016

In the 2016 Science: Salary & Benefits Guide: salary ranges for R&D, analytical, statistics, quality & validation, health & safety, compliance, new product development (NPD) and typical benefits packages.

Research & Development Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Process Chemist0 - 330,000 - 38,00030,000 - 35,00030,000 - 35,00030,000 - 35,000
3 - 538,000 - 45,00035,000 - 43,00035,000 - 43,00035,000 - 43,000
5+45,000 - 55,00043,000 - 52,00043,000 - 52,00043,000 - 52,000
R&D Analytical Chemist0 - 335,000 - 40,00033,000 - 38,00033,000 - 38,00033,000 - 38,000
3 - 540,000 - 50,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,000
5+50,000 - 58,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
Regulatory Affairs Officer0 - 328,000 - 32,00025,000 - 30,00025,000 - 30,00025,000 - 30,000
3 - 532,000 - 35,00030,000 - 33,00030,000 - 33,00030,000 - 33,000
5+35,000 - 38,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,000
Regulatory Affairs Specialist0 - 338,000 - 43,00035,000 - 40,00035,000 - 40,00035,000 - 40,000
3 - 543,000 - 48,00040,000 - 45,00040,000 - 45,00040,000 - 45,000
5+48,000 - 55,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,000
Regulatory Affairs Manager0 - 340,000 - 45,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,000
3 - 545,000 - 60,00043,000 - 58,00043,000 - 58,00043,000 - 58,000
5+60,000 - 75,00058,000 - 70,00058,000 - 68,00058,000 - 68,000
Microbiologist0 - 330,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
3 - 535,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 55,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,000
Development Chemist0 - 335,000 - 40,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,000
3 - 540,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 60,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
Lab Manager (non pharma)0 - 345,000 - 50,00043,000 - 45,00043,000 - 45,00043,000 - 45,000
3 - 550,000 - 55,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,000
5+55,000 - 60,00050,000 - 60,00050,000 - 60,00050,000 - 60,000
Lab Manager (pharma)0 - 345,000 - 50,00043,000 - 45,00043,000 - 45,00043,000 - 45,000
3 - 550,000 - 55,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,000
5+55,000 - 70,00050,000 - 68,00050,000 - 68,00050,000 - 68,000
Lab Supervisor0 - 340,000 - 45,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,000
3 - 545,000 - 53,00043,000 - 50,00043,000 - 48,00043,000 - 48,000
5+53,000 - 60,00050,000 - 55,00048,000 - 53,00048,000 - 53,000
Lab Technician0 - 325,000 - 30,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,000
3 - 530,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
5+35,000 - 38,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,000
Lab Assistant0 - 324,000 - 28,00024,000 - 28,00022,000 - 27,00022,000 - 27,000
3 - 528,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00027,000 - 32,00027,000 - 32,000
5+33,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00032,000 - 35,00032,000 - 35,000

Analytical Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Analytical Chemist0 - 335,000 - 40,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,000
3 - 540,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 60,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
Materials Scientist0 - 335,000 - 40,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,000
3 - 540,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 60,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
Documentation Officer0 - 328,000 - 32,00023,000 - 28,00023,000 - 28,00023,000 - 28,000
3 - 532,000 - 36,00028,000 - 31,00028,000 - 31,00028,000 - 31,000
5+36,000 - 40,00031,000 - 35,00031,000 - 35,00031,000 - 35,000
Microbiology Analyst0 - 330,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
3 - 535,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 55,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,000
Biochemist0 - 335,000 - 40,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,00032,000 - 38,000
3 - 540,000 - 45,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 45,00038,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 60,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
Process Development Manager0 - 355,000 - 60,00050,000 - 55,00050,000 - 55,00050,000 - 55,000
3 - 560,000 - 65,00055,000 - 60,00055,000 - 60,00055,000 - 60,000
5+65,000 - 75,00060,000 - 70,00060,000 - 68,00060,000 - 68,000
Food Microbiologist0 - 330,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
3 - 535,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,000
5+45.000 - 55,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,000
Food Chemist0 - 330,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
3 - 535,000 - 42,00033,000 - 40,00033,000 - 40,00033,000 - 40,000
5+42,000 - 45,00040,000 - 43,00040,000 - 43,00040,000 - 43,000
Formulations Scientist0 - 338,000 - 47,00035,000 - 45,00035,000 - 45,00035,000 - 45,000
3 - 547,000 - 58,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,00045,000 - 55,000
5+58,000 - 75,00055,000 - 65,00055,000 - 65,00055,000 - 65,000
Pharmaceutical Microbiologist0 - 330,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
3 - 535,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,00033,000 - 45,000
5+45,000 - 55,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,00045,000 - 53,000

Statistics Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Clinical Research Officer0 - 326,000 - 32,00025,000 - 28,00021,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,000
3 - 532,000 - 35,00028,000 - 30,00028,000 - 30,00028,000 - 30,000
5+35,000 - 40,00030,000 - 35,00030,000 - 35,00030,000 - 35,000
Clinical Data Manager0 - 345,000 - 50,00035,000 - 45,00035,000 - 45,00035,000 - 45,000
3 - 550,000 - 55,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,000
5+55,000 - 70,00050,000 - 65,00050,000 - 65,00050,000 - 65,000

Quality & Validation Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Director of Quality0 - 350,000 - 65,00050,000 - 63,00050,000 - 60,00050,000 - 60,000
3 - 565,000 - 80,00063,000 - 78,00060,000 - 75,00060,000 - 75,000
5+80,000 - 120,00078,000 - 110,00075,000 - 105,00075,000 - 105,000
Quality Manager0 - 355,000 - 60,00050,000 - 55,00050,000 - 55,00050,000 - 55,000
3 - 560,000 - 75,00055,000 - 68,00055,000 - 65,00055,000 - 65,000
5+75,000 - 90,00068,000 - 85,00065,000 - 85,00065,000 - 85,000
QA Auditor0 - 345,000 - 53,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,00045,000 - 50,000
3 - 553,000 - 60,00050,000 - 58,00050,000 - 58,00050,000 - 58,000
5+60,000 - 65,00058,000 - 63,00058,000 - 63,00058,000 - 63,000
QA / QC Supervisor0 - 340,000 - 45,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,00038,000 - 43,000
3 - 545,000 - 50,00043,000 - 48,00043,000 - 48,00043,000 - 48,000
5+50,000 - 55,00048,000 - 53,00048,000 - 53,00048,000 - 53,000
QA / QC Analyst0 - 325,000 - 30,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,000
3 - 530,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
5+35,000 - 38,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,000
Qualified Person (QP)0 - 360,000 - 70,00055,000 - 65,00055,000 - 65,00055,000 - 65,000
3 - 570,000 - 80,00065,000 - 75,00065,000 - 75,00065,000 - 75,000
5+80,000 - 100,00075,000 - 95,00075,000 - 90,00075,000 - 90,000
Quality Systems Specialist0 - 345,000 - 50,00043,000 - 48,00043,000 - 48,00043,000 - 48,000
3 - 550,000 - 55,00048,000 - 53,00048,000 - 53,00048,000 - 53,000
5+55,000 - 63,00053,000 - 60,00053,000 - 60,00053,000 - 60,000
Quality Technician0 - 325,000 - 30,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,000
3 - 530,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
5+35,000 - 38,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,000

Health & Safety Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Environmental Chemist0 - 325,000 - 30,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,00025,000 - 28,000
3 - 530,000 - 35,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,00028,000 - 33,000
5+35,000 - 38,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,00033,000 - 35,000

Compliance Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Compliance     Officer0 - 330,000 -  35,00025,000 -  30,00025,000 -  30,00025,000 -  30,000
3 -  535,000 -  40,00030,000 -  35,00030,000 -  35,00030,000 -  35,000
5+40,000 -  45,00035,000 -  40,00035,000 -  40,00035,000 -  40,000
Compliance Manager0 - 345,000 -  50,00040,000 -  45,00040,000 -  45,00040,000 -  45,000
3 - 550,000 -   60,00045,000 -  55,00045,000 -  53,00045,000 -  53,000
5+60,000 -  70,00055,000 -  65,00053,000 -  63,00055,000 -  65,000

New Product Development (NPD) Salaries

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
NPD  Technologist0 - 330,000 -   35,00028,000 -   34,00028,000 -   34,00028,000 -   34,000
3 - 535,000 -   38,00034,000 -   37,00034,000 -   37,00034,000 -   37,000
5+38,000 -   45,00037,000 -   43,00037,000 -   43,00037,000 -   43,000
NPD Manager0 - 340,000 -   45,00037,000 -   43,00037,000 -   43,00037,000 -   43,000
3 - 545,000 -   55,00043,000 -   48,00043,000 -   45,00043,000 -   45,000
5+55,000 -    65,00048,000 -   58,00045,000 -   55,00045,000 -   55,000

Other

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Calibrations Co-ordinator0 - 330,000 - 37,00030,000 - 35,00030,000 - 35,00028,000 - 35,000
3 - 537,000 - 40,00035,000 - 38,00035,000 - 38,00035,000 - 38,000
5+40,000 - 48,00038,000 - 46,00038,000 - 46,00038,000 - 46,000

Typical range of benefits for science professionals

Benefit Type Management Non-Management
Pension 5% - 10% employer contribution4% - 6% employer contribution
Healthcare Full cover for employee and dependantsFull cover for employee only
Bonus 5 % - 20%5% - 10%
Annual Leave 21 - 28 days21 - 25 days
Life Assurance 2 - 5 times base salary2 - 3 times base salary
Other onsite canteen,
car parking, gym, phone, laptop, sports & social, travel tax scheme etc
Annual healthcheck
onsite canteen,
car parking, gym, sports & social, travel tax scheme, annual health check

Market confidence and the abolition of milk quotas stimulating demand

Science recruitment is of significant importance to the Irish economy, employing in excess of 50,000 individuals across medical devices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. An additional 50,000 people are employed directly in the Agri-Food sector and growing 5% annually.

The Life Science sector accounts for €65 billion in exports, and includes operations of 6 of the top 7 diagnostics companies based in Ireland.

Within the Life Science sector Ireland hosts 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, 7 of the top 10 selling drugs worldwide are made here, 8 of the top 10 medical device companies are in Ireland.

The Irish Medical Device sector comprises 160 firms and employs 24,000 people directly, generating annual sales of over €6 billion.  More than 50% of medtech companies based in Ireland have dedicated R&D facilities with over 80% of global stent production is carried out in Ireland.

Ireland’s Agri-food businesses are well placed to exploit the opportunity and deal with the challenges from the removal of milk quotas, the re-opening  of international markets, any future bilateral trade deals, increased volatility, increased supply chain consolidation and changing consumer preferences. National policy must continue to support the measures necessary for investment, market access, expansion and volume growth.

The main concentration of employment in the Life Science sector remains Dublin, Cork and  Galway, the IDA’s regional strategy has seen significant investments announced recently for Kildare, Naas, Athlone, Waterford, Clonmel and Sligo.

There has been a steady increase in recruitment activity in this sector with the economic upturn and many producers already looking to hire  Analytical Chemists, Scientists,  QC Analysts, Micro Analysts and Chemists before the official announcement in the middle of 2015 of the abolition of milk quotas. Ireland has approximately 17,500 dairy farmers dispersed around the country and most will be increasing herd sizes.

Pharmaceutical companies are inclined to take on PhD graduates as Ireland moves from a prominent manufacturing to a knowledge based economy. Over 25% of all PhD graduates are employed in the life science sector.

At mid to senior level, science candidates are highly driven by the nature of the work and interesting R&D roles with companies at the leading edge of innovation are highly sought after.

Foreign investment has played a key role in boosting recruitment, with pharmaceuticals companies investing in new and larger plants and food manufacturers ramping up production. For the most part this investment is in existing companies but mergers and acquisitions of International companies are also playing a role.

In food production, we have seen an evening out of the gender balance towards greater female participation, largely the result of more women coming through university degrees and research programmes. There is also a growing influx of returning Irish nationals who have worked abroad and European scientists.

Science contracting

Science contract recruitment has continued to be buoyant throughout 2015. Many companies in pharmaceuticals and food production need to meet short-term project needs, for example to get a newly approved product to market and will hire typically for six-month terms. Job seekers with GMP or a project management qualification such as Six Sigma are highly sought after. In addition, R&D professionals and candidates with Quality and Regulatory experience are in demand. 

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