I note that a US postdoc earns upper end UK lecturer salary cc @ChemjobberThe direct comparison (at the time) was £37,276 for the postdoc and £33,943–38,183 for the lecturer.
Another editor on Twitter noted:
Healthcare needs to be considered when comparing US/UK salaries. Even with that factored in, military scientists are much better paid here...and another UKian chimed in:
the UK pension is a pretty good deal though - employer contributes 18 % of your salary... I don't know what US situation is.I've never quite looked at what median chemist salaries are like in the US versus the UK; I figure that comparisons (just like this conversation) get tangled into a snarl of confounding factors.
The median RSC member who responded to their 2015 biennial survey receives £48,800 in total income (£44,000 in salary, £4800 in bonus.) That works out to $62,205.36; by comparison, the median ACS member made $97,000 (2015 ChemCensus) I'm going to guess that we are comparing zucchinis and aubergines here (especially with likely demographic and survey instrument differences).
Readers, do I have this right? Do chemists in the UK make less money? What are the confounding factors we haven't considered here?