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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Salaries in Brazil 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
11,500 BRL
( 138,000 BRL yearly)


A person working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology in Brazil typically earns around 11,500 BRL per month. Salaries range from 5,730 BRL (lowest average) to 20,400 BRL (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 Pharmacist7,150 BRL
Assistant Pharmacy Director13,400 BRL
Associate Medical Affairs Director19,400 BRL
Bioinformatics Scientist16,400 BRL
Bioinformatics Technician7,800 BRL
Biological Scientist18,700 BRL
Biological Technician7,490 BRL
Biomedical Engineer7,440 BRL
Biomedical Engineering Director14,900 BRL
Biostatistician11,200 BRL
Biotechnologist 11,400 BRL
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager9,080 BRL
Chemical Process Technician7,720 BRL
Clinical Consultant11,500 BRL
Clinical Data Manager11,200 BRL
Clinical Data Specialist10,600 BRL
Clinical Operations Manager16,900 BRL
Clinical Pharmacist10,600 BRL
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist13,500 BRL
Clinical Programmer5,850 BRL
Clinical Project Manager10,600 BRL
Clinical Research Associate9,720 BRL
Clinical Research Manager15,400 BRL
Clinical Study Manager13,900 BRL
Compliance Specialist11,300 BRL
Cytology Laboratory Technologist8,920 BRL
Cytotechnologist9,190 BRL
GCP Auditor9,650 BRL
Hospital Pharmacy Technician8,200 BRL
Manufacturing Engineer9,240 BRL
Medical Affairs Director17,600 BRL
Medical Representative 7,240 BRL
Medical Science Liaison12,600 BRL
Molecular and Cellular Biologist19,000 BRL
Nuclear Pharmacist11,700 BRL
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead20,000 BRL
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager18,700 BRL
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer10,400 BRL
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager12,400 BRL
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor12,200 BRL
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant8,950 BRL
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist9,950 BRL
Pharmaceutical Research Associate11,400 BRL
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist16,900 BRL
Pharmaceutical Researcher16,400 BRL
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager13,700 BRL
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager15,600 BRL
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative7,840 BRL
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager16,700 BRL
Pharmaceutical Team Leader12,400 BRL
Pharmaceutical Technologist8,860 BRL
Pharmacist11,500 BRL
Pharmacy Aide7,370 BRL
Pharmacy Manager15,100 BRL
Pharmacy Stock Controller6,610 BRL
Pharmacy Technician6,700 BRL
Records Management Coordinator6,190 BRL
Shift Encapsulator6,450 BRL
Staff Pharmacist11,300 BRL

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Jobs Salary Distribution in Brazil

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

  • Salary Range

    Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries in Brazil range from 5,730 BRL per month (minimum average salary) to 20,400 BRL per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 11,700 BRL per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 11,700 BRL while the other half are earning more than 11,700 BRL. 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 7,860 BRL while 75% of them are earning more than 7,860 BRL. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology are earning less than 16,400 BRL while 25% are earning more than 16,400 BRL.

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 Brazil costs anywhere from 42,800 Brazilian Real(s) to 128,000 Brazilian Real(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 monthly Brazil 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 in Brazil who work in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

11,900 BRL
10,900 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Brazil for all Careers

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Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Brazil

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

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology professionals in Brazil 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.

Brazil / 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 Brazil is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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

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

46% of surveyed staff in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% 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.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Hourly Average Wage in Brazil

66 BRL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Brazil is 66 BRL. This means that the average person in Brazil earns approximately 66 BRL 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
Aracaju11,500 BRL
Belem12,500 BRL
Belo Horizonte12,800 BRL
Brasilia13,300 BRL
Campinas12,100 BRL
Cuiaba11,400 BRL
Curitiba12,700 BRL
Fortaleza13,000 BRL
Goiania12,300 BRL
Joao Pessoa11,600 BRL
Londrina11,300 BRL
Macapa11,200 BRL
Maceio11,900 BRL
Manaus12,800 BRL
Maringa10,800 BRL
Natal11,800 BRL
Petrolina and Juazeiro10,500 BRL
Porto Alegre12,100 BRL
Recife12,500 BRL
Rio de Janeiro13,300 BRL
Salvador13,100 BRL
Santos10,800 BRL
Sao Luis12,000 BRL
Sao Paulo13,400 BRL
Teresina11,700 BRL
Vale do Aco11,100 BRL
Vitoria10,600 BRL

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 Brazil earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
8,330 BRL
Public Sector+6%
8,850 BRL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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