A person working as a Physicist in Ireland typically earns around 83,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 39,800 EUR (lowest) to 130,000 EUR (highest).
This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Physicist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Physicist salaries in Ireland range from 39,800 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 130,000 EUR per year (maximum salary).
The median salary is 86,300 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Physicist(s) are earning less than 86,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 86,300 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.
Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Physicist(s) are earning less than 56,800 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 56,800 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Physicist(s) are earning less than 113,000 EUR while 25% are earning more than 113,000 EUR.
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
The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Physicist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Physicist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 46,600 EUR per year.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 66,100 EUR per year, 42% more than someone with less than two year's experience.
Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 86,900 EUR per year, 31% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Physicist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 107,000 EUR per year, 23% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.
If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 114,000 EUR per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.
Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 124,000 EUR per year, 10% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+42%|
|5 - 10 Years||+31%|
|10 - 15 Years||+23%|
|15 - 20 Years||+6%|
We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Physicist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Physicist is 65,200 EUR per year.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 83,300 EUR per year, 28% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 123,000 EUR per year, 48% more than someone with a Master's Degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Ireland costs anywhere from 16,000 Euro(s) to 48,100 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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.
If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Physicist employees in Ireland earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.
Physicist(s) in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 14% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.
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.
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
Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2020. 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.
A Physicist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.
40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Physicist is 61% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|3D Lab Technologist||39,000 EUR||-53%|
|Algorithm Developer||52,700 EUR||-37%|
|Analytical Chemist||71,900 EUR||-13%|
|Assistant Breeder||25,800 EUR||-69%|
|Atmospheric and Space Scientist||71,900 EUR||-13%|
|Behavior Analyst||47,200 EUR||-43%|
|Behavior Intervention Specialist||52,300 EUR||-37%|
|Biofuels Processing Technician||32,300 EUR||-61%|
|Biofuels Production Manager||57,400 EUR||-31%|
|Biomedical Scientist||87,600 EUR||+6%|
|Chemical Engineer||38,200 EUR||-54%|
|Chemical Technologist||35,800 EUR||-57%|
|Chief Technologist||70,700 EUR||-15%|
|Climate Change Analyst||56,500 EUR||-32%|
|Clinical Laboratory Scientist||89,100 EUR||+7%|
|Computer Scientist||67,200 EUR||-19%|
|Conservation Scientist||67,400 EUR||-19%|
|Data Scientist||61,500 EUR||-26%|
|DNA Analyst||84,800 EUR||+2%|
|Economic Development Specialist||66,500 EUR||-20%|
|Food Scientist||51,700 EUR||-38%|
|Forensic Scientist||66,600 EUR||-20%|
|Formulation Technologist||32,700 EUR||-61%|
|Fraud Investigator||41,000 EUR||-51%|
|Genomics Scientist||83,800 EUR||+1%|
|Geographic Information Systems Technician||28,300 EUR||-66%|
|Geological Data Technician||28,200 EUR||-66%|
|Geological Technician||35,100 EUR||-58%|
|Geomatics Scientist||66,300 EUR||-20%|
|Geophysical Data Technician||26,900 EUR||-68%|
|Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist||63,100 EUR||-24%|
|Industrial Ecologist||57,100 EUR||-31%|
|Intelligence Analyst||48,700 EUR||-41%|
|Knowledge Management Specialist||39,900 EUR||-52%|
|Laboratory Manager||56,000 EUR||-33%|
|Laboratory Researcher||37,800 EUR||-54%|
|Laboratory Technician||24,000 EUR||-71%|
|Life Sciences Analyst||57,200 EUR||-31%|
|Life Scientist||63,700 EUR||-23%|
|Marine Architect||51,500 EUR||-38%|
|Marine Biologist||60,600 EUR||-27%|
|Marine Superintendent||35,500 EUR||-57%|
|Materials Analyst||35,800 EUR||-57%|
|Materials Scientist||61,000 EUR||-27%|
|Medical Scientist||86,400 EUR||+4%|
|Natural Language Processing Researcher||51,400 EUR||-38%|
|Natural Resource Specialist||46,900 EUR||-43%|
|Natural Sciences Manager||79,300 EUR||-4%|
|Nuclear Engineer||90,200 EUR||+9%|
|Physical Scientist||68,700 EUR||-17%|
|Political Scientist||66,500 EUR||-20%|
|Polygraph Examiner||23,500 EUR||-72%|
|Polysomnographic Technologist||40,300 EUR||-51%|
|Product Development Scientist||69,400 EUR||-16%|
|Quantitative Research Analyst||56,400 EUR||-32%|
|Quantitative Researcher||56,600 EUR||-32%|
|Radiation Protection Specialist||46,000 EUR||-45%|
|Refrigeration Technician||20,000 EUR||-76%|
|Research Scientist||58,400 EUR||-30%|
|Risk Safety Engineer||38,500 EUR||-54%|
|Scientific Photographer||36,500 EUR||-56%|
|Scientific Programmer||52,000 EUR||-37%|
|Service Engineer||37,900 EUR||-54%|
|Service Technician||26,200 EUR||-68%|
|Social Science Research Assistant||36,500 EUR||-56%|
|Social Scientist||67,800 EUR||-18%|
|Soil Scientist||50,100 EUR||-40%|
|Statistical Analyst||36,500 EUR||-56%|
|Statistical Assistant||26,700 EUR||-68%|
|Survey Analyst||36,500 EUR||-56%|
|Survey Researcher||34,100 EUR||-59%|
|Surveying and Mapping Technician||23,300 EUR||-72%|
|Team Leader||51,900 EUR||-37%|
|Technical Manager||56,500 EUR||-32%|
|Technical Officer||24,500 EUR||-70%|
|Technical Service Director||73,600 EUR||-11%|
|Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist||38,000 EUR||-54%|
|Technical Services Research and Development Manager||84,100 EUR||+1%|
|Technical Services Research Coordinator||41,400 EUR||-50%|
|Water Ecologist||67,800 EUR||-18%|
|Wildlife Biologist||56,800 EUR||-32%|
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 on average across all sectors.