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Science, Mathematics and Statistics




  • A trainee or newly qualified biochemist may earn around £25,000 a year.
  • Senior biochemists may earn up to £40,000 and consultant scientists may earn up to around £95,000.


  • Graduate entrants may earn between £18,500 and £24,000 a year.
  • Established biotechnologists may earn between £30,000 and £50,000 and highly experienced biotechnologists may earn over £55,000 a year.


  • New graduates may be paid between £15,000 and £20,000 a year and up to £30,000 with more experience.
  • Chemists leading projects or teams may earn £35,000 to £40,000 a year or more and consultants or managers in the NHS may earn up to £65,000 or more a year.

Clinical Scientists

  • Starting salaries for newly qualified biomedical scientists in the NHS range from £20,710 to £26,839 a year.
  • Biomedical scientists working at advanced level may earn between £29,789 and £39,273 and healthcare scientists at professional manager level may earn up to £65,657.

Cosmetic scientist

  • New graduates may earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year.
  • Experienced scientists may earn between £25,000 and £40,000 a year and the most highly paid cosmetic scientists may earn £50,000 or more a year.


  • New ecologists may earn between £13,000 and £19,000 a year and with experience around £22,000 to £25,000.
  • Senior ecologists with postgraduate qualifications or relevant expertise may earn around £35,000 to over £45,000.

Food scientists and technologists

  •  Salaries may start at around £20,000 a year and with more experience this could rise to £30,000.
  • Those in senior management positions could earn over £50,000.

Forensic scientists

  • Assistant forensic scientists may earn approximately £16,000 to £18,000 a year.
  • Forensic scientists may earn from around £25,000 to over £30,000 a year and senior forensic scientists may earn around £50,000 a year.

Laboratory technician

  • Starting salaries for laboratory technicians may be around £11,000 a year and with experience, this may rise to around £20,000.
  • Highly skilled technical staff or those with managerial responsibilities may earn £30,000 to £40,000 a year.

Materials scientists

  • New entrants earn around £20,000 a year (potentially more with a postgraduate degree).
  • An experienced materials scientist could earn around £35,000 and in a senior position it is possible to earn more than £50,000 a year.


  • Trainee physicists may earn approximately £20,000 a year and with experience, more than £35,000 a year.
  • Consultant physicists may earn over £50,000, while senior physicists may earn more than £88,000 a year.


  • 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 £26,000 a year.
  • Salaries for experienced operational researchers may be around £45,000.
  • Senior research managers or consultants in the private sector could earn over £100,000 a year.


  • A statistical officer in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) may start on an average of £22,000 (£24,000 in London).
  • Qualified statisticians in the GSS 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.