How long does the typical career path after a PhD or MD take to reach a $500k+ total comp if we’re counting years at an MBB firm with an exit to pharma/biotech and promotion time thereafter? I get this there’s TONS of variation in this, but want to get a general sense. And what portion of these folks realistically reach this level?

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PhD here. I got to 500k after 7 years - 6 years at a consulting firm, then jumped to industry at 550k TC.

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That’s what, >VP level? Typical VP positions which are highly competitive and can be capped per company (eg they can’t easily make a new VP). Average would be a long time (10 years+)

If you find yourself right place, right time, right team, you could become a quick VP but you’d need to be lucky, very smart, very driven, and find the right leaders

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Sure - that’s typically SD level-ish. Although the person in the comment above me seems to have a much higher salary. 4-6 at MBB to SD seems reasonable.

Again though, would depend on the team you’re joining and your experience. There are also MD tracks within pharma that pay differently - although think you would need to practice first.

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A comparison point is that an MD can typically get here with 6 years of training and like 2-3 years of practice till partnership

Probably 3-6 years post MBB

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