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The average annual base salary for pharmaceutical scientists was $160,600 in 2018, according to a survey by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Salaries ranged from less than $115,000 to $196,000 or more. Salaries vary by education level. Pharmacologists with a Ph.D. or Pharm.D. typically earn more than those with a master’s degree. Bonuses, especially for those in industry, can increase yearly earnings considerably. Benefits generally include health and dental insurance and paid vacation and sick days.

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