Laboratory Director Salary

Around four in five of Laboratory Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $52K to $143K per year, and the average comes out to $92K annually. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Directors approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $143K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $19K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Laboratory Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$56,961 - $135,314
(Median)
$57K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,206
10%
50%
90%

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$15.46 - $49.15
(Median)
$15
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $28.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,961 - $135,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,125  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,006  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,136 - $143,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $49.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,125  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,006  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,136 - $143,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Laboratory Director

Laboratory directors oversee the functioning of the laboratory under their supervision. On a day-to-day basis, laboratory directors are responsible for overseeing staffing needs in the laboratory and hiring appropriate people to fill needed positions. They may also be in charge of conducting background checks if the nature of the work requires it, handling regular performance reviews, and confirming that laboratory staffers are all qualified for the positions they fill. In addition, laboratory directors must balance the budget and other requirements (such as space) for projects performed in the laboratory. These directors may help facilitate the seeking of grants or securing assistance for projects as well. They should have a comprehensive knowledge not only of the facilities and personnel under their direction, but a strong working knowledge of all relevant regulatory and grant requirements involved with projects they supervise.

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Laboratory Director Tasks

  • Coordinate laboratory teams and foster an atmosphere for safety and efficiency.
  • Act as point of contact for planning and executing laboratory services.
  • Provide oversight and management for day-to-day operations.
  • Communicate with internal and external customers.

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Laboratory Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with People Management, Operations Management, and Budget Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 3 percent to 16 percent more than the national average. Employees educated in Budget Management are typically practiced in Operations Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Laboratory Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $79K. Laboratory Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $90K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$91,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$91,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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