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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in United Kingdom 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
127,000 GBP
( 10,600 GBP monthly)


A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in United Kingdom typically earns around 127,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 16,100 GBP (lowest average) to 191,000 GBP (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 Pharmacist106,000 GBP
Assistant Pharmacy Director191,000 GBP
Associate Medical Affairs Director176,000 GBP
Bioinformatics Scientist164,000 GBP
Bioinformatics Technician113,000 GBP
Biological Scientist171,000 GBP
Biological Technician106,000 GBP
Biomedical Engineer107,000 GBP
Biomedical Engineering Director145,000 GBP
Biostatistician126,000 GBP
Biotechnologist 124,000 GBP
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager108,000 GBP
Chemical Process Technician108,000 GBP
Clinical Consultant120,000 GBP
Clinical Data Manager141,000 GBP
Clinical Data Specialist114,000 GBP
Clinical Operations Manager143,000 GBP
Clinical Pharmacist133,000 GBP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist142,000 GBP
Clinical Programmer83,400 GBP
Clinical Project Manager115,000 GBP
Clinical Research Associate123,000 GBP
Clinical Research Manager154,000 GBP
Clinical Study Manager160,000 GBP
Compliance Specialist142,000 GBP
Cytology Laboratory Technologist115,000 GBP
Cytotechnologist107,000 GBP
GCP Auditor125,000 GBP
Hospital Pharmacy Technician120,000 GBP
Manufacturing Engineer114,000 GBP
Medical Affairs Director175,000 GBP
Medical Representative 98,800 GBP
Medical Science Liaison126,000 GBP
Molecular and Cellular Biologist138,000 GBP
Nuclear Pharmacist16,900 GBP
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead200,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager175,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer123,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager132,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor149,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant111,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist116,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Research Associate144,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist163,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Researcher170,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager160,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager179,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative95,800 GBP
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager152,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Team Leader141,000 GBP
Pharmaceutical Technologist103,000 GBP
Pharmacist129,000 GBP
Pharmacy Aide105,000 GBP
Pharmacy Manager191,000 GBP
Pharmacy Stock Controller88,700 GBP
Pharmacy Technician89,800 GBP
Records Management Coordinator87,500 GBP
Shift Encapsulator95,400 GBP
Staff Pharmacist135,000 GBP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in United Kingdom range from 16,100 GBP per year (minimum average salary) to 191,000 GBP per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 130,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 130,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 130,000 GBP. 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 65,600 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 65,600 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 163,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 163,000 GBP.

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.

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 United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(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 United Kingdom 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.

124,000 GBP
130,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

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

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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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.

United Kingdom / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom 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.

44% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% 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
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United Kingdom
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Salary Forecast and Trend in United Kingdom

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 United Kingdom Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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Average Salary 2016
113,000 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
117,000 GBP
Average Salary 2018+3%
120,000 GBP
Average Salary 2019+2%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in United Kingdom are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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 United Kingdom

61 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 61 GBP. This means that the average person in United Kingdom earns approximately 61 GBP 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 United Kingdom
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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
Aberdeen128,000 GBP
Abingdon119,000 GBP
Armagh126,000 GBP
Bangor112,000 GBP
Belfast134,000 GBP
Birmingham152,000 GBP
Bradford144,000 GBP
Brighton140,000 GBP
Bristol150,000 GBP
Cambridge129,000 GBP
Canterbury121,000 GBP
Cardiff139,000 GBP
Chester125,000 GBP
Coventry145,000 GBP
Derby141,000 GBP
Derry120,000 GBP
Dundee124,000 GBP
Durham124,000 GBP
Edinburgh138,000 GBP
Exeter131,000 GBP
Glasgow142,000 GBP
Gloucester130,000 GBP
Hartlepool127,000 GBP
Inverness113,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull144,000 GBP
Kirkwall110,000 GBP
Leeds153,000 GBP
Leicester147,000 GBP
Lincoln133,000 GBP
Lisburn117,000 GBP
Liverpool152,000 GBP
London155,000 GBP
Manchester151,000 GBP
Newcastle144,000 GBP
Newport126,000 GBP
Newry121,000 GBP
Norwich132,000 GBP
Nottingham146,000 GBP
Oxford136,000 GBP
Peterborough138,000 GBP
Plymouth142,000 GBP
Poole134,000 GBP
Portsmouth140,000 GBP
Ripon121,000 GBP
Salisbury125,000 GBP
Sheffield152,000 GBP
Somerset146,000 GBP
Southampton142,000 GBP
St Davids110,000 GBP
Stirling119,000 GBP
Stromness109,000 GBP
Strontian108,000 GBP
Swansea131,000 GBP
Truro123,000 GBP
Wakefield116,000 GBP
Wells109,000 GBP
Winchester114,000 GBP
Wolverhampton130,000 GBP
York126,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England242,000 GBP
Northern Ireland116,000 GBP
Scotland178,000 GBP
Wales121,000 GBP
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