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How Do You Stack Up?

For its ninth annual salary survey, the readers at our sister publication Genome Technology have shared the scoop on their pay and benefits. This year, GT also broke its salary survey data down by gender — of the 1,870 total respondents, 35.6 percent were female.

As for raises, respondents from industry have it tops. More than three-quarters of them said they'd received a raise in the past year — around 25 percent of those added that it was of 6 percent or more — and as many also said they expected to receive a raise in the next year. Around half of all respondents from academia, non-profits, and government said that they, too, had received a raise in the last year, though more respondents from academic or non-profit institutes expected a raise in the next year — just shy of 60 percent said they did — than their peers in government — of whom just more than 30 percent said so.

While respondents from industry saw more, and larger, salary spikes, they also saw the most layoffs at their organizations. More than half of industry respondents said they'd witnessed layoffs, while around 35 percent from government and 30 percent from academic and non-profit institutions said they saw co-workers lose their jobs.

In breaking down the pay data by title, gender, and experience, GT sought to "try to determine whether there are any differences in pay for men and women." The data show that "that indeed there are, even when years of experience are controlled for," GT says.