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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in Mexico 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
44,700 MXN
( 536,000 MXN yearly)


A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in Mexico typically earns around 44,700 MXN per month. Salaries range from 22,300 MXN (lowest average) to 79,100 MXN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly 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 Pharmacist28,200 MXN
Assistant Pharmacy Director53,000 MXN
Associate Medical Affairs Director75,000 MXN
Bioinformatics Scientist63,400 MXN
Bioinformatics Technician30,500 MXN
Biological Scientist66,800 MXN
Biological Technician29,800 MXN
Biomedical Engineer29,700 MXN
Biomedical Engineering Director54,300 MXN
Biostatistician45,700 MXN
Biotechnologist 45,600 MXN
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager34,300 MXN
Chemical Process Technician30,900 MXN
Clinical Consultant44,100 MXN
Clinical Data Manager41,700 MXN
Clinical Data Specialist39,900 MXN
Clinical Operations Manager61,700 MXN
Clinical Pharmacist44,300 MXN
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist52,400 MXN
Clinical Programmer21,700 MXN
Clinical Project Manager39,900 MXN
Clinical Research Associate37,100 MXN
Clinical Research Manager59,800 MXN
Clinical Study Manager53,000 MXN
Compliance Specialist44,800 MXN
Cytology Laboratory Technologist35,700 MXN
Cytotechnologist33,500 MXN
GCP Auditor36,500 MXN
Hospital Pharmacy Technician33,700 MXN
Manufacturing Engineer36,200 MXN
Medical Affairs Director70,500 MXN
Medical Representative 29,700 MXN
Medical Science Liaison47,100 MXN
Molecular and Cellular Biologist68,400 MXN
Nuclear Pharmacist46,200 MXN
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead81,000 MXN
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager71,700 MXN
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer38,500 MXN
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager47,600 MXN
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor47,100 MXN
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant35,400 MXN
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist40,000 MXN
Pharmaceutical Research Associate45,600 MXN
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist64,100 MXN
Pharmaceutical Researcher60,500 MXN
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager52,200 MXN
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager63,900 MXN
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative29,200 MXN
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager68,500 MXN
Pharmaceutical Team Leader48,200 MXN
Pharmaceutical Technologist31,300 MXN
Pharmacist41,500 MXN
Pharmacy Aide27,300 MXN
Pharmacy Manager61,000 MXN
Pharmacy Stock Controller26,300 MXN
Pharmacy Technician24,400 MXN
Records Management Coordinator23,800 MXN
Shift Encapsulator24,900 MXN
Staff Pharmacist42,500 MXN

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in Mexico

Median and salary distribution monthly Mexico Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in Mexico range from 22,300 MXN per month (minimum average salary) to 79,100 MXN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 42,000 MXN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 42,000 MXN while the other half are earning more than 42,000 MXN. 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 28,900 MXN while 75% of them are earning more than 28,900 MXN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 56,900 MXN while 25% are earning more than 56,900 MXN.

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 Mexico costs anywhere from 166,000 Mexican Peso(s) to 498,000 Mexican Peso(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

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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 Mexico who work in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

46,700 MXN
41,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Mexico for all Careers

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Mexico

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

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in Mexico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 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.

Mexico / 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 Mexico is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Mexico 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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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Bonus and Incentive Rates in Mexico

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

51% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Hourly Average Wage in Mexico

260 MXN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Mexico is 260 MXN. This means that the average person in Mexico earns approximately 260 MXN 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

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The average salary for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology is 34% more than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Acapulco52,300 MXN
Acuna44,600 MXN
Aguascalientes53,400 MXN
Boca del Rio39,500 MXN
Buenavista43,200 MXN
Campeche44,000 MXN
Cancun52,200 MXN
Celaya48,000 MXN
Chalco41,000 MXN
Chetumal40,300 MXN
Chicoloapan41,200 MXN
Chihuahua59,700 MXN
Chilpancingo42,600 MXN
Chimalhuacan51,900 MXN
Cholula de Rivadabia41,800 MXN
Ciudad Apodaca50,200 MXN
Ciudad del Carmen41,300 MXN
Ciudad Juarez41,000 MXN
Ciudad Lopez Mateos50,400 MXN
Ciudad Obregon47,400 MXN
Ciudad Santa Catarina46,200 MXN
Ciudad Valles38,400 MXN
Ciudad Victoria46,900 MXN
Coacalco46,400 MXN
Coatzacoalcos44,300 MXN
Colima39,100 MXN
Cordoba39,000 MXN
Cuautitlan Izcalli50,300 MXN
Cuautla39,600 MXN
Cuernavaca47,400 MXN
Culiacan54,200 MXN
Delicias38,100 MXN
Durango50,900 MXN
Ecatepec de Morelos61,000 MXN
Ensenada46,600 MXN
Fresnillo37,500 MXN
General Escobedo48,600 MXN
Gomez Palacio45,900 MXN
Guadalajara60,600 MXN
Guadalupe52,000 MXN
Guaymas36,700 MXN
Hermosillo53,100 MXN
Hidalgo del Parral36,300 MXN
Iguala37,500 MXN
Irapuato49,100 MXN
Ixtapaluca47,300 MXN
Jiutepec41,000 MXN
La Paz44,200 MXN
Leon60,400 MXN
Los Mochis46,100 MXN
Los Reyes la Paz45,700 MXN
Manzanillo38,400 MXN
Matamoros49,700 MXN
Mazatlan48,600 MXN
Merida53,200 MXN
Metepec43,500 MXN
Mexicali52,600 MXN
Mexico City60,900 MXN
Minatitlan36,600 MXN
Monclova43,600 MXN
Monterrey59,900 MXN
Morelia51,100 MXN
Naucalpan59,200 MXN
Navojoa36,200 MXN
Nezahualcoyotl59,500 MXN
Nogales42,800 MXN
Nuevo Laredo48,600 MXN
Oaxaca44,900 MXN
Ojo de Agua45,000 MXN
Orizaba36,900 MXN
Pachuca44,800 MXN
Piedras Negras39,800 MXN
Playa del Carmen40,100 MXN
Poza Rica41,600 MXN
Puebla60,600 MXN
Puerto Vallarta42,900 MXN
Queretaro51,600 MXN
Reynosa51,000 MXN
Salamanca40,600 MXN
Saltillo53,200 MXN
San Cristobal de las Casas42,000 MXN
San Juan del Rio38,800 MXN
San Luis Potosi52,400 MXN
San Luis Rio Colorado40,700 MXN
San Nicolas de los Garza49,400 MXN
San Pablo de las Salinas42,300 MXN
San Pedro Garza Garcia36,800 MXN
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez44,800 MXN
Tampico46,700 MXN
Tapachula42,300 MXN
Tehuacan44,700 MXN
Tepic47,600 MXN
Tijuana60,200 MXN
Tlalnepantla de Baz51,600 MXN
Tlaquepaque50,900 MXN
Toluca50,000 MXN
Tonala49,000 MXN
Torreon51,300 MXN
Tuxtla Gutierrez50,600 MXN
Uruapan45,500 MXN
Veracruz49,200 MXN
Villa Nicolas Romero46,300 MXN
Villahermosa48,300 MXN
Xalapa49,400 MXN
Xico47,900 MXN
Zacatecas37,700 MXN
Zamora de Hidalgo38,600 MXN
Zapopan60,000 MXN

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 Mexico earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,900 MXN
Public Sector+9%
34,600 MXN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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