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The Safety Pharmacology Society salary survey

Pugsley, Michael K., Authier, Simon, Brabham, Tiffini, Soloviev, Maxim, Markgraf, Carrie G., Correll, Krystle, Traebert, Martin, Greiter-Wilke, Andrea, Valentin, Jean-Pierre, Vargas, Hugo, Botchway, Alfred, Leishman, Derek J. and Curtis, Michael J. (2017) The Safety Pharmacology Society salary survey. Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, 88. pp. 85-91. ISSN 1873488X


Introduction Safety pharmacology is a growing discipline with scientists broadly distributed across international geographical regions. This electronic salary survey is the first to be distributed amongst the entire Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) membership. An electronic survey was sent to all members of the Society. Categorical survey questions assessed membership employment types, annual incomes, and professional certifications, along with other associated career attributes. Methods This survey was distributed to the SPS membership that is comprised of safety pharmacologists, toxicologists and pharmacologists working globally in the pharmaceutical industry, at contract research organizations (CRO), regulatory agencies, and academia or within the technology provider industry. The survey was open for responses from December 2015 to March 2016. Results The survey response rate was 28% (129/453). North America (68%) was the region with the largest number of respondents followed by Europe (28%). A preponderance of respondents (77%) had 12 years of industry experience or more. 52% of responders earned annually between $40,000 and $120,000. As expected, salary was generally positively correlated with the number of years of experience in the industry or the educational background but there was no correlation between salary and the number of employee's directly supervised. The median salary was higher for male vs female respondents, but so was median age, indicative of no gender ‘salary gap’. Discussion Our 2016 SPS salary survey results showcased significant diversity regarding factors that can influence salary compensation within this discipline. These data provided insights into the complex global job market trends. They also revealed the level of scientific specialization embedded within the organization, presently uniquely positioned to support the dynamic career paths of current and future safety pharmacologists.

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Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 00:45
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 00:45