Biomedicine salary: how much does a biomedic earn?

Article written by CEMP's team

In this article you’ll learn about all the factors that have an influence in a biomedicine salary, as well as the different professional profiles that can be found within this field. Shall we start?


What is a typical biomedicine salary? Diversity is the norm

The field of biomedicine is incredibly extended and diverse. The different professional profiles, the specializations, job positions and, logically, salaries, may differ radically. Thus, the job of a graduate in biomedicine science in a clinical laboratory is completely different to that of a biomedical engineer that works within the pharma industry.

As a result, it’s very difficult to make a generalization or even find reliable data for the diverse profiles related to biomedicine.

However, after consulting several international retribution stats, the average biomedicine salary in the UK is between £42,900 – £46,800 per annum.

In any case, stats typically look more into biomedical engineering profiles, and less into other job positions within biomedicine.

Outside the UK, the biggest biomedicine salary figures correspond to biomedical engineers in the United States, where the average salary is around 100,000 American dollars per annum, while certain senior profiles might duplicate these figures.


What does my biomedicine salary depend on?

The biomedical field, as we mentioned earlier, presents a huge variety of job positions and is extremely dynamic. This means job positions tend to rapidly adjust to technological advancements and the progress of biomedical research, in order to respond to new industry needs.

In general terms, biomedicine jobs salary depends on the following factors:

  • Academic training and specialization. Qualifications are, without a doubt, a conditionant of great importance in order to access any biomedicine job position and this will surely have an impact on the salary offer. Apart from degree studies, master’s degrees and additional postgraduate education are highly regarded, as well as other courses that are focused on deepening certain aspects of biomedicine.
  • Experience. Just like any other sector and as a general rule, the best-paid professionals are those that have a rich experience and may contribute a higher value to the company. Thus, as we’ve seen in the previous paragraph, senior profiles can easily duplicate junior biomedicine salaries.
  • Job position. The specific characteristics of every job position in particular, as well as the related responsibilities, will be key in determining a biomedicine salary.  As an example, the biomedicine job salary for an entry job will be very different to that of a team manager.
  • Industry or organization. The biomedicine salary will also vary according to the context in which the job is in. The salary of a junior biomedicine researcher at university and a senior professional at a big pharma corporation will be different.


What training do I need to improve my biomedicine salary?

Considering there are several factors (such as professional experience) that are not easy to change in the short term, additional training and education remain a decisive factor that you should focus on.

Among the relevant biomedicine studies to improve your salary, the following can be mentioned:

  • Degree studies. There are several UK universities that offer degrees related to biomedicine. These vary from those focused on biology or health sciences to those tending towards engineering. Some of these degree titles include Biomedical Engineering (Healthcare) MSc, Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) PgDip , or Biomedical Sciences Research MSc, etc. These studies typically take between 3 to 4 years and a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.
  • Posgraduate studies in biomedicine. At this level, there exists a great variety of master’s degrees and other postgraduate options, which typically take around a year (60 ECTS). Apart from our Master’s in Molecular Biology, we can also mention other titles such as Master’s in biomedicine, Masters in Experimental Biomedicine, Master’s in Biomedical Research, Master’s in Molecular Biomedicine, Master’s in Regenerative Biomedicine, Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, etc.
  • Other specialization courses in biomedicine. Here, we include all courses that are shorter and present a more limited scope compared to postgraduate degrees. Normally, these are focused on a very specific aspect of biomedicine, offering specialized training that takes place in a shorter amount of time.

All in all, you’ve seen how it’s difficult to determine a specific biomedicine salary in general terms. Every company, professional profile and particular job position will present a different retribution. However, a great education and the accumulation of relevant experience will translate into a highly-paid career. Are you ready to embark on it?

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