Roughly how much does a Cern physicist or other scientist make each year?
It's not about the money. It's about the private jets at your disposal.
They have a private jet?
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?
I'll have to say, this thread turned out to be a very funny dialogue.
It does not..
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.
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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