Salary and benefits
The mean base annual salary was $85,087 for all respondents, which is down from an average of $90,059 in 2007 and from the
2006 average of $88,729. Employees working in the US earned an average of $98,203. Overall, employees reported an average
of $10,892 in additional income from their principal employer, including bonuses, summer work, and grants, and an average
of $1808 in additional income from other professional work.
Salary according to gender only.
There continues to be a $20,000 gap between men's and women's average salaries. Overall, women reported an annual base salary
of $70,031 (women working in the US earned an average of $84,374). Male employees earned $91,306 in compensation overall,
and men in the US earned $105,878 on average (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Annual salaries of men and women.
Salary according to job function.
Jobs in drug metabolism, production management, technology transfer, engineering, pharmaceutical development, and computer
information systems were the top-earning fields this year, with the first three each reporting an average of more than $100,000
(see Figure 4). Employees working in education, preformulation, and drug delivery reported the lowest average annual salaries.
Figure 4: Salary according to job function.
Salary according to location.
On average, employees in Northeastern and Southwestern states earned the highest salaries (see Figure 5). These regions also
had the greatest number of respondents. Respondents from the Northwest reported the lowest average salaries, but also were
the smallest group.
Figure 5: Salary according to region.
Table III lists the most common benefits granted. A majority of employees indicated receiving health and life insurance as
well as pension benefits and reimbursement for training. These numbers are significantly lower than those from last year,
perhaps because of the increased number of respondents who worked outside the US.
Table III: Percentage of respondents receiving the following employer-provided benefits.
On average, employees are granted 13 paid public holidays and 20 paid vacation days, although most took only 17 of these days
for vacation and admitted to doing some work (e.g., checking email, returning calls) for at least 5 of these days (one more
day than last year).
Figure 6: Mean annual base salaries since 1998.