I get paid £17000 a year for being a PhD student. A post-doctoral researcher may earn around £25,000 a year and I suppose how much you earn from there depends upon where you work and what you do. Working for big companies will, in general, earn you more than staying in academia.
However, being a scientist isn’t simply about the money rewards – it is about ending your career knowing you made a positive impact on mankind, and furthered the understanding of the way the world works. This is a significantly more satisfying reward than being paid a lot of money. That might sound untrue – but I would take a lower paid, satisfying job over a high paid job that I didn’t feel was worthwhile any day.
I earn about £30,000 a year. That may sound like loads of money, but if you compare it to what many of my non-scientist university friends earn, it’s a pretty low salary. Scientists aren’t in it for the money!
A scientist without a PhD would usually start at the bottom of grade 6 and with a PhD would start at the bottom of grade 7.
If you want to know more about science jobs and how much people get paid, there is a website that has lots of science jobs advertised on it (and lots of other academic jobs too) so you can see what the ranges of pay are and what qualifications are needed for different jobs: http://www.jobs.ac.uk