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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in Ireland 2020

How much money does a person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology make in Ireland?


Average Yearly Salary
157,000 EUR
( 13,100 EUR monthly)

LOW
19,900
EUR
AVERAGE
157,000
EUR
HIGH
236,000
EUR

A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in Ireland typically earns around 157,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 19,900 EUR (lowest average) to 236,000 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist130,000 EUR
Assistant Pharmacy Director231,000 EUR
Associate Medical Affairs Director213,000 EUR
Bioinformatics Scientist204,000 EUR
Bioinformatics Technician137,000 EUR
Biological Scientist225,000 EUR
Biological Technician137,000 EUR
Biomedical Engineer126,000 EUR
Biomedical Engineering Director185,000 EUR
Biostatistician157,000 EUR
Biotechnologist 147,000 EUR
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager135,000 EUR
Chemical Process Technician132,000 EUR
Clinical Consultant164,000 EUR
Clinical Data Manager171,000 EUR
Clinical Data Specialist149,000 EUR
Clinical Operations Manager183,000 EUR
Clinical Pharmacist171,000 EUR
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist182,000 EUR
Clinical Programmer102,000 EUR
Clinical Project Manager151,000 EUR
Clinical Research Associate154,000 EUR
Clinical Research Manager182,000 EUR
Clinical Study Manager200,000 EUR
Compliance Specialist174,000 EUR
Cytology Laboratory Technologist145,000 EUR
Cytotechnologist146,000 EUR
GCP Auditor166,000 EUR
Hospital Pharmacy Technician155,000 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer146,000 EUR
Medical Affairs Director217,000 EUR
Medical Representative 117,000 EUR
Medical Science Liaison160,000 EUR
Molecular and Cellular Biologist170,000 EUR
Nuclear Pharmacist21,300 EUR
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead251,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager225,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer156,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager155,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor175,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant136,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist144,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Research Associate171,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist193,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Researcher218,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager199,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager212,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative120,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager180,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Team Leader171,000 EUR
Pharmaceutical Technologist129,000 EUR
Pharmacist175,000 EUR
Pharmacy Aide128,000 EUR
Pharmacy Manager253,000 EUR
Pharmacy Stock Controller117,000 EUR
Pharmacy Technician116,000 EUR
Records Management Coordinator107,000 EUR
Shift Encapsulator120,000 EUR
Staff Pharmacist169,000 EUR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in Ireland

Median and salary distribution yearly Ireland Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in Ireland range from 19,900 EUR per year (minimum average salary) to 236,000 EUR per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 163,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 163,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 163,000 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 82,400 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 82,400 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 207,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 207,000 EUR.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 61,400 Euro(s) to 184,000 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Ireland Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

Female
154,000 EUR
Male+5%
161,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

How much are annual salary increments in Ireland for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Ireland / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
5%
Energy
1%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
2%
Travel
7%
Construction
3%
Education
8%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

45% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 55% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
55%
No Bonus
45%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly Ireland
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
144,000 EUR
Public Sector+5%
151,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Salary Forecast and Trend in Ireland

How do Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly Ireland Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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Average Salary 2016
141,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
146,000 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
150,000 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
154,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in Ireland are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Hourly Average Wage in Ireland


75 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 75 EUR. This means that the average person in Ireland earns approximately 75 EUR for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology is 7% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork176,000 EUR
Dublin184,000 EUR
Galway159,000 EUR
Limerick170,000 EUR
Waterford151,000 EUR
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