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How Much Do Microbiologists Earn?

Microbiology is an important and highly rewarding profession. As a microbiologist, your job is to prevent, diagnose and control infections. Your work could benefit both individual patients and hospitals or entire communities generally.

If you’re interested in a career in microbiology, here’s some handy information about the role, including your day-to-day responsibilities and the salary of a microbiologist.

Microbiologist Average Salary

In the UK, the average salary for a microbiologist in the private sector is approximately £30-40K per year. Your actual salary will depend on your location, position and experience.

Pay scales for microbiologist roles within the NHS are largely covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rates starting at band 6 (£35,392).

Once you’re qualified and gain more experience you will likely move up to band 7 (starting at £43,742).

With further experience and additional qualifications, you will be able to apply for microbiologist roles up to band 9 (starting at £99,891).


Microbiologist Job Profile

What does a microbiologist do?

As a microbiologist, your day-to-day responsibilities could include:

  • Analysing samples to identify infections
  • Applying microbiology techniques to develop new medical treatments and testing practices
  • Assessing the impact of microbes in foods, crops and soils
  • Monitoring the safety of manufactured food or medicines


Where does a microbiologist work?

Microbiologists will typically work in hospitals, laboratories or universities.

As a microbiologist, you’ll often work in small teams on various projects, although you’ll be responsible for your own workload and will spend time working individually.

Microbiology is not a physically demanding line of work. You’ll likely spend a lot of time working at a desk or work station, with some travel to on-site locations.

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