| Welcome to the fourth annual Contract Pharma salary survey. We’ve polled more than 800 of our readers to determine their attitudes toward their jobs, their levels of education, and, of course, their salaries.
Our respondents, 72% of whom were male, break down into the following job function categories: Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (18.9%), R&D (18.7%), Corporate Management (10.0%), Other (9.3%), Business Development (8.9%), Project Manager (8.1%), Production/Manufacturing/Packaging (7.7%), Regulatory Affairs (5.2%), Engineering (4.2%), Lab Clinical Research (3.7%), Contract Manager (3.4%), Purchasing (1.8%), and Consumer Product (0.2%).
The average base salary of all respondents was $93,745, with average bonuses of $14,259, stock options of $88,129 (skewed by very large options going to a certain member of corporate management), and average benefits of $19,636.
Top earners were in Corporate Management, in which base salary jumped 31% to $146,639. Consumer Product personnel (only two respondents) had an average base salary of $135,750. Purchasing salaries dropped by 38% to $92,580. Clinical Research base salaries dropped 7% in this year’s survey to $91,331. Regulatory Affairs pesonnel earned 15% less than last year, at $90,542. R&D was virtually flat, with an average salary of $89,017. Business Development base salaries fell by 19% to $88,429, but Contract Managers saw an average salary rise of 33% to $87,882. Salaries for Project Managers dropped 22% to $82,799.
Production/Manufacturing/Packaging salaries dropped 12% to $79,841. Engin-eering pay dropped 26% to $77,691, while QA/QC salaries rose 7%, to $77,124. “Others” earned $78,931 in 2002.
Time is on Their Side
By job category, Corporate Manage-ment staff averaged the most time in the business, at 24.2 years (and served 7.5 years at the same company). Consumer Product personnel were the next longest worked in the business, at 22.0 years (also 7.5 at the same company), followed by Purchasing at 20.3 (6.2), Business Development at 16.4 (4.2), Regulatory Af-fairs at 15.4 (4.2), Other at 15.3 (3.6), R&D at 15.1 (5.1), Production/Manu-facturing/Packaging at 15.0 (4.3), Contract Manager at 14.5 (4.1), QA/QC at 13.8 (4.0), Project Manager at 12.9 (2.8), Engineering at 12.5 (4.5) and Clinical Research staff at 11.9 years (3.4).
Both genders were most represented in the QA/QC and R&D fields, but men also had a much larger representation in Corporate Management (13% of male respondents) than women (3%). There was little disparity between the genders in that role ($142,333 in base salary for women, $146,993.93 for men). In R&D, however, men averaged $92,861 in base salary, while women averaged $73,892.
And now for the most important statistic: The number of respondents who reported no frustrating aspect to their jobs doubled from 3% to 6%. Clearly, this business must be getting easier all the time!
4th Annual Salary Survey
Read the results from Contract Pharma's annual salary survey
Published August 23, 2005
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