• Question: What is your pay yearly?

    Asked by Eoin Hamilton on 25 Mar 2021.
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      Jun Lin answered on 25 Mar 2021:

      I started with slightly less than 40k euro/year as a post-doctoral researcher, which increases every year.

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      Helena Mylise Sorensen answered on 25 Mar 2021:

      I am currently doing a PhD where I am on a scholarship that pays me 18500€ a year. Doing a PhD is not something you do, for the money you get while doing it, but because you have a genuine interest in doing in-depth research within a certain field 🙂
      I do hope to be able to get a bit of higher salary when I’m done though 😉

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      Alessandra Mileo answered on 25 Mar 2021:

      I started in Italy with 18K euros a year as a post-doctoral researcher for 3 years… You see why I had to get away to be valued as a computer scientist! I started at 40K euros per year as a post-doctoral researcher, then became a Research Fellow, then a Senior Research Fellow, then an Academic (Assistant Prof.) and after 10 years I am around double that amount. But I have to say if I did not love it at the beginning, I would have easily given up.

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      Alan Diaz answered on 25 Mar 2021:

      As a postdoc I started with slightly less than 40K euro/year

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      Beth Macaulay answered on 25 Mar 2021:

      As a research student I get paid around €18,000 a year. This will go up after I finish my studies and get a “real job”, as I will be more qualified 🙂

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      Peter Megyesi answered on 26 Mar 2021:

      I’ll give you that number… In a sec 🙂

      But before that just a couple of points to consider. Is it important to you how:
      – much you like what you do on a daily basis? [3]
      – much you like the people you work with? [4]
      – much you like the environment you work in? [3]
      – much flexibility it gives you? (e.g. 9-5 or own schedule) [4]
      – important of what you do is? (medical research vs selling something unnecessary) [3]
      – unstressful your job is? [4]

      Bonus question: how many hours do you need to work to receive that salary? (25, 40, 60 a week?) [30 = 4]

      I honestly believe that giving you a gross annual salary without answering these questions along with that is not worth anything… (And I think even if you don’t agree with this now, you’ll do soon enough :))
      For brevity, I’ve marked my answers on a scale of 1 to 4 and put them in brackets [1 being not at all and 4 being very much).

      Aaaaand my number is… 53k gross, annual, and I’m quite happy with it.

      Last bits of info that might be useful to you:
      – Generally, you can get very decent, even great salaries in engineering.
      – Research however, unfortunately is quite underpaid (unless you get to be a Prof. with a permanent contract).
      – In the commercial sector, if you are a Software Developer, today in Ireland you can expect something around 30-35k in a junior, 40-60k in a mid, and 60-100k in a senior position.

      Sorry for the long answer, but hope it helped to put things into context 🙂

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      Andrea Federico answered on 28 Mar 2021:

      As a master student, my yearly pay is around 19k. Generally speaking, the salary depends on different factors such as the country, the experience, the field and the company.