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SALARIES / JAN. 18, 2015
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Top 5 Countries with the Highest Paid Salaries for Scientists

If you are studying to become a scientist, congratulations! You have chosen a field that you can be very proud of, and you’ll find that it’s a field with a myriad of opportunities for job advancement and growth. The sciences are respected in every country around the world, and all branches of science provide the human race with advancement!

But there are a few countries where science is not only highly revered, but also fairly well-paid! Here are the top 5 countries to be a scientist:

1. Switzerland

The average scientist in Switzerland receives an annual salary of roughly $95,000 (in Euros, of course), making Switzerland the country with the highest salary for scientists in the world. The best scientists can earn over $100,000 per year, though that is primarily in the private sector.

2. United States

Considering that a huge amount of research is done in the US every year, it should come as no surprise that America makes it on the list. The average scientist only receives a salary of around $75,000 per year, but that number can go as high as $110,000 per year. Only a very small percentage of scientists receive such high salaries, but either way, the US is a great place to be a scientist!

3. Japan

The high-tech country of Japan is home to many scientists in all fields, and there are endless research opportunities available in the Land of the Rising Sun. The average scientist earns around $67,000 per year, though the highest-paid scientists are able to earn as much as $92,000 per year.

4. Australia

Who knew that the Land Down Under was one of the best places to live and work in as a scientist? The average scientist earns around $59,000 per year in their respective fields, though that number varies according to the sector (medical, environmental, etc.). While the cost of living in Oz isn’t as high as it is in the UK, it’s not as low as in some other countries.

5. Germany

Scientists just starting out in their field can expect to earn as much as $64,000 per year, but that number rises with experience. Biochemists can earn anything from $67,000 to $78,000 per year, while some specialized chemical scientists can earn nearly $83,000 per year.

Bonus: Sweden

While Sweden may not pay the same high salaries as many other countries do, scientists living there have a high quality of life. The country is famous for its scientific exports, and is rated as one of the best countries to practice science in.

Not sure where you should go to become a scientist? Why not consider one of the countries above, where the salary is good and the opportunities are plentiful? You’ll find that there are many great jobs to consider, and you can earn a living doing a job that helps to give back to mankind!

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