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Roughly how much does a Cern physicist or other scientist make each year?
 

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It's not about the money. It's about the private jets at your disposal.
 
They have a private jet?
 

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Sorry. It's a reference to one of Dan Brown's books - Angels & Demons where the director of CERN had a private jet at his disposal. To the best of my knowledge this is not the case.

To be honest, I don't know too much about CERN itself. Scientists in large collaborative experiments have a range of salaries. Most of them will be post-doctoral fellows working contract positions making ballpark $40k US per year. Professors will earn more. Graduate students will earn less.
 
Thats it? Does it rise exponentially with experience?
 
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I'll have to say, this thread turned out to be a very funny dialogue.
 
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There are a lot of people who want to play with the newest and coolest toys. They don't have to offer big money to attract big talent.
 
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You get to torture research students and take long golf breaks after a few decades experience. No private jet, but lots of free flights to exotic places -- you may have to give a half hour talk though, which interrupts the golf playing. Tortured research students will do the grunt work & even write the paper if you torture them enough... If you are *really* lazy, or the golf is really good, you can take a research student with you to give the talk, but that's wasting a free flight you can take later in the year... Also they get above themselves if you give them any perks...
 

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