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Marine scientists who are fully qualified can earn very competitive salaries. For graduates entering the profession at the first level, they can expect to earn salaries between £19,000 and £24,000 per annum, depending on the employer. Entry-level positions for support staff, without degrees, are likely to be a lot lower whilst they learn the required skills.
Those marine scientists with PhDs can start off on salaries of anything between £26,000 and £34,000 per annum, depending on their experience. The typical salary of a marine scientist is around £30,000 per annum, and considering that most marine scientists have a natural interest in what they do, the rewards are high.
Senior-level salaries for heads of departments and lecturers can be around £50,000 per annum. Due to the nature of the work, with certain projects being commissioned for parts of the year, experienced marine scientists have the potential to work on a freelance basis.