Re: Salary for a patent searcher
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23rd, 2005, 8:41am »
on Dec 9th, 2005, 5:54pm, Rookie_1 wrote:
|I recently graduated with a bsee and have been thinking about getting a job as a patent searcher. Several job postings have requested "salary requirements". Does anyone know a reasonable salary to expect? I am a recent college graduate, so I'm not looking for a whole lot; I just want to get some experience with patents before deciding to go to law school for 3 years. |
how about $45k?
the "salary" of an independent patent searcher depends on the amount of work performed and the fee per search - an independent patent searcher can expect to charge roughly $150-400 for a patent search for a mechanical concept - if about two to three such searches are performed each week, the "salary" can range $25-60k - of course, validity, collection and infringement searches take longer, and some patentability searches can have higher fees in some technical subjects, such as chemical/pharmaceutical, etc., but these relatively "non-standard" searches have higher fees - if the job offer involves such more complex searches, the "salary" should be comparably higher
also, if you will be required to perform "non-patent literature" (NPL) searches as well, the salary should reflect the additional effort involved - but be careful that the firm offering the job really knows what they are doing - you may want to ask whether they offer training, have searching guidelines, etc.
Fran Lorin www.patent.0catch.com