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Science and Technical Services Average Salaries in Portugal 2021

How much money does a person working in Science and Technical Services make in Portugal?

Average Monthly Salary
3,690 EUR
( 44,200 EUR yearly)


A person working in Science and Technical Services in Portugal typically earns around 3,690 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,330 EUR (lowest average) to 6,140 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Science and Technical Services 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
3D Lab Technologist2,420 EUR
Algorithm Developer3,410 EUR
Analytical Chemist4,890 EUR
Anthropologist3,850 EUR
Archeologist3,380 EUR
Assistant Breeder1,630 EUR
Astronomer5,900 EUR
Atmospheric and Space Scientist5,080 EUR
Behavior Analyst3,210 EUR
Behavior Intervention Specialist3,810 EUR
Biochemist5,360 EUR
Biofuels Processing Technician2,240 EUR
Biofuels Production Manager3,870 EUR
Biologist5,870 EUR
Biomedical Scientist5,790 EUR
Biophysicist5,490 EUR
Chemical Engineer2,620 EUR
Chemical Technologist2,440 EUR
Chemist5,380 EUR
Chief Technologist4,760 EUR
Climate Change Analyst3,510 EUR
Clinical Laboratory Scientist5,830 EUR
Computer Scientist4,180 EUR
Conservation Scientist4,400 EUR
Data Scientist4,270 EUR
DNA Analyst5,380 EUR
Ecologist4,210 EUR
Economic Development Specialist4,140 EUR
Flavourist1,760 EUR
Food Scientist3,590 EUR
Forensic Scientist4,480 EUR
Formulation Technologist2,140 EUR
Fraud Investigator2,550 EUR
Genomics Scientist5,810 EUR
Geographer3,050 EUR
Geographic Information Systems Technician1,900 EUR
Geological Data Technician1,980 EUR
Geological Technician2,360 EUR
Geologist4,620 EUR
Geomatics Scientist4,690 EUR
Geophysical Data Technician1,780 EUR
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist4,330 EUR
Hydrologist3,580 EUR
Industrial Ecologist3,730 EUR
Intelligence Analyst3,210 EUR
Knowledge Management Specialist2,830 EUR
Laboratory Manager4,090 EUR
Laboratory Researcher2,520 EUR
Laboratory Technician1,640 EUR
Life Sciences Analyst3,700 EUR
Life Scientist4,550 EUR
Marine Architect3,540 EUR
Marine Biologist3,840 EUR
Marine Superintendent2,410 EUR
Materials Analyst2,310 EUR
Materials Scientist4,230 EUR
Mathematician4,360 EUR
Medical Scientist5,640 EUR
Metallurgist4,160 EUR
Meteorologist4,060 EUR
Microbiologist5,810 EUR
Natural Language Processing Researcher3,670 EUR
Natural Resource Specialist3,260 EUR
Natural Sciences Manager5,180 EUR
Nuclear Engineer5,770 EUR
Physical Scientist4,450 EUR
Physicist5,700 EUR
Political Scientist4,350 EUR
Polygraph Examiner1,490 EUR
Polysomnographic Technologist2,480 EUR
Product Development Scientist4,720 EUR
Quantitative Research Analyst3,830 EUR
Quantitative Researcher3,730 EUR
Radiation Protection Specialist2,940 EUR
Refrigeration Technician1,310 EUR
Research Scientist4,180 EUR
Risk Safety Engineer2,520 EUR
Scientific Photographer2,510 EUR
Scientific Programmer3,470 EUR
Scientist3,900 EUR
Service Engineer2,400 EUR
Service Technician1,640 EUR
Social Science Research Assistant2,220 EUR
Social Scientist4,430 EUR
Sociologist4,160 EUR
Soil Scientist3,410 EUR
Statistical Analyst2,380 EUR
Statistical Assistant1,870 EUR
Statistician3,920 EUR
Survey Analyst2,360 EUR
Survey Researcher2,140 EUR
Surveying and Mapping Technician1,570 EUR
Team Leader3,530 EUR
Technical Manager3,760 EUR
Technical Officer1,630 EUR
Technical Service Director5,110 EUR
Technical Services Regulatory Affairs Specialist2,590 EUR
Technical Services Research and Development Manager5,900 EUR
Technical Services Research Coordinator2,850 EUR
Technician1,670 EUR
Water Ecologist4,760 EUR
Wildlife Biologist3,900 EUR

Science and Technical Services Jobs Salary Distribution in Portugal

Median and salary distribution monthly Portugal Science and Technical Services
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Science and Technical Services salaries in Portugal range from 1,330 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 6,140 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,540 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 3,540 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,540 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 Science and Technical Services are earning less than 2,190 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,190 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Science and Technical Services are earning less than 4,650 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,650 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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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.
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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 Portugal costs anywhere from 13,800 Euro(s) to 41,300 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.

Science and Technical Services Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Science and Technical Services
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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 in Portugal who work in Science and Technical Services earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

3,780 EUR
3,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Science and Technical Services Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Science and Technical Services professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Science and Technical Services

Science and Technical Services professionals in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Portugal Science and Technical Services
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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.

Portugal / All Professions

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 Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Portugal 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Science and Technical Services Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Portugal Science and Technical Services
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Science and Technical Services 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.

49% of surveyed staff in Science and Technical Services reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

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.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

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.

Science and Technical Services Hourly Average Wage in Portugal

21 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 21 EUR. This means that the average person in Portugal earns approximately 21 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.

Science and Technical Services VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Science and Technical Services and Science and Technical Services monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Science and Technical Services is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal3,160 EUR
Lisbon3,790 EUR
Porto3,480 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
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