Neuroscience professionals study the nervous systems, the brain and the spinal cord. A variety of positions and career paths are available within the field of neuroscience to allow medical professionals to use their particular expertise. Average salaries for this plethora of careers vary as greatly as the work the careers entail.
A career in neurosurgery is one of the most intensive, not to mention highest-paying, in the field of neuroscience. According to a PayScale.com survey, average annual pay for the job ranges from $151,795 to $453,079. This range is calculated from the responses of 432 neurosurgeons in January 2011.
You don't need to go through the extensive education and training of a neurosurgeon to work in the field of neuroscience. PayScale reports median salaries for a number of other positions in the field. Registered nurses with neuroscience skills make $50,962 per year on average. Physician assistants in the field have a median salary of $79,767.
If you're interested in neuroscience, but also want to showcase business and interpersonal savvy, working as a pharmaceutical sales representative lets you showcase both talents. PayScale.com shows that sales reps specializing in neuroscience make about $74,000 per year on average. This is compared with the salary range of sales reps regardless of specialty, which PayScale.com reports from $75,135 to $105,995.
Another option available to those specializing in neuroscience is to teach postsecondary education. PayScale reports that professors working in postsecondary education and specializing in neuroscience have average salaries around $118,000. Additionally, associate professors make about $65,000 per year.