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Hi all, I need to come up with an idea of my potential salary. The job is in a high-tech industry with marketing tasks, I have 8 years of experience in academia on the top of phd, mba from a good place. I read a couple of threads about salaries of scientists in pharma and people mentioned 120k as the upper limit. I checked that ETH offers 95k to postdocs with just 3y experience, someone just got a permanent scientist position in Basel 120k. I expect that my price in academia is ~110-120k. Industries usually pay ~20% more. Based on this a starting negotiation point could be easily 140-150k. Then I am confused. Could someone comment on that.
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Re: applications scientist (salary)

I would agree with your reasoning but my direct knowledge is out of date.
Academic salaries are still very high for post-docs compared to outside Switzerland. Marketing and management salaries can quickly go higher than the numbers you have quoted but the employment situation in Switzerland has tightened considerably and there is a downward pressure on salaries in general with a lot of competition for the jobs available -many candidates will work for less to get a foot in the door.
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