Justin C wrote:Thanks for the input everyone. I gather then that an MS may be somewhat beneficial in terms of the added experience, and it may open a few more doors (particularly in industry), but it probably won't do too much as far as pay goes.
As a follow-up question, what should I consider as a best case scenario salary wise as someone working at the bench without a PhD? Say a BS/MS level associate with 10+ years at a company, will they be looking at a ceiling of 50-60k?
We really don't go into specific "salary questions" here because they often don't make sense. For example, a person with a BS or MS working at one company, at the bench, could be earning $55K a year after a decade and at another company, perhaps a different niche or geography, could be making $85K. It' really depends on so many things . . .that's why we don't go for the salary questions here.