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How much does a inventor (in general) make each year and each day?

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Lindsey’s Answer

Hi Mateo,
I recommend being a bit more specific so that professionals on CareerVillage can give you better advice. What do you mean by "inventor"? What industries interest you? What invention do you like best if you had to choose one?


How much you earn annually completely depends on what you invent/create and how successful it is. How successful it is depends on how much need there is for it.


I look forward to reading your responses to the questions I've asked above!

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G. Mark’s Answer

Unfortunately, this is impossible to answer. Not only does this depend largely on what a person invents, what he or she does with that invention, and who the inventor is working with or for at the time, but fully over 86 percent of startups these inventors create never make a profit at all. My inventions were all while I was working at Bell Laboratories. In that case, we were all paid very well, but patents garnered a one-time award, and the proceeds of the inventions became the property of the company. These inventions would either result in a sellable product or be incorporated into another product or might be used to barter with other companies for useful Intellectual Property they had originated and that we could use. If you're lucky enough to work at a company like I did that had a very robust legal department with patent attorneys available to help write and submit patents, it's very convenient to be getting paid at the same time. An inventor working alone generally has to expend quite a bit of effort and have significant dedication and passion to pursue this career choice. In my case, I was very thankful I could pursue something I loved as much as inventing and solving problems while simultaneously doing a regular job that I also loved which overlapped so well. I would strongly recommend you pursuing what you love and applying yourself to solving problems. That's the surest way to support yourself, help others, solve problems and you might end up inventing things along the way.

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