How Much Money Does a Neuroscientist Make a Year?

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The yearly salary for a neuroscientist can vary widely, ranging anywhere from $50,000 to nearly $200,000 per year, depending on level of experience and the field of employment. Individuals with a doctorate in neuroscience employed in academia can expect to earn between $50,000 and $100,000 per year, with some highly-paid professors earning up to $200,000 per year.

After completing a doctorate, most neuroscience students accept a postdoctoral fellowship, in which they conduct research under the supervision of a more experienced neuroscientist. Postdoctoral fellowships typically last between one to three years and pay between $30,000 to $50,000 per year on average. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, most neuroscientists move into academia. Those who do not pursue advanced academic degrees can expect to earn between $25,000 to $40,000 working as research or medical technicians.