• Question: How much do you get paid if you don't mind me asking?

    Asked by Mr BEAST!! to Alice, Bose, Christian, Emma, Steve on 17 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Steve Marsden

      Steve Marsden answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      I’m quite early in my career. I’ve just finished my PhD, and this is my first position as a research assistance. Salaries for this position start at about £25,000. After a few years of experience, a talented researcher could look to earn between £35,000 and £55,000.

    • Photo: Benjamin Bose

      Benjamin Bose answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      As a Phd student I get around 14,000 pound a year which keeps me very happy 🙂 Can buy 10,000 cups of tea from my favorite cafe with that 😉

    • Photo: Christian Killow

      Christian Killow answered on 17 Mar 2016:

      I don’t mind you asking at all, as you asked so politely! In fact I’m amazed nobody has asked this already!

      I earn around £46.5k per year. This results in about £2600 in my bank each month. That possibly seems like a lot to you right now (maybe not! It still seems like a big number to me) but you should remember that I studied for a Bachelors degree for three years, an MSc for 1, spent two years on low pay in Australia, did a PhD for four years, and then started earning at around £27k per year – with some debt.

      It’s not all about the money, but if you are thinking about a career in science, you are wise to ask!