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Pacific Northwest Life Science Industry Salary Data Released
September 28, 2009, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Info.Resource, owner and publisher of
WashingtonLifeScience.com (a.k.a. WaBio.com) today announced the release of salary data for the Pacific Northwest region.
The median 2008 salary for the reported Pacific Northwest data sample was $60,520. Clinical research associates,
research technicians, quality assurance and quality control specialists are in high demand. Other notable positions
in demand include those related to commercialization and vaccine development which reflect the increased maturity of
the industry and the increased importance of the region’s non-profit research institutions, such as the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and others.
The salary data was compiled through job postings with WashingtonLifeScience.com and affiliate regional sites in
Albert, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Individual company/organization identity has been removed to
protect client confidentiality. The data sample (2004-2008) includes 360 individual records and more than 200 different
positions. Average salary data for select positions include:
- Clinical Research Associate: $69,278
- Research Associate: $47,500
- Quality Assurance: $68,720
- Quality Control: $51,292
"The Pacific Northwest is a leading life science development region with more than 600 private companies, non-profit
research organizations and research institutions" said Phil Ness, President & CEO of Info.Resource. "This is an industry
that requires highly skilled, highly educated people that are well paid. This industry is a generator of family wage
jobs that our region needs now more than ever."
Complete survey results can be dowloaded through the following:
PNW Salary Survey, 2004-2008 (Excel 79 kb)
Info.Resource is a Seattle based company that owns and publishes a specialized national network of biotechnology,
medical device, life science and pharmaceutical state- and province-based web sites that represent more than 5,500
biotechnology and medical device companies, non-profit research institutions, universities and supporting service
sector companies across the U.S.
Philip Ness, President & CEO