Laboratory Director Salary

Laboratory Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about four in five have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $143K per year, median earnings come to $92K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $19K, overall incomes of Laboratory Directors spread between $53K and $143K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Laboratory Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,029 - $135,234
(Median)
$57K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,101
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90%

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$15.32 - $49.26
(Median)
$15
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,029 - $135,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,042  
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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$52,510 - $143,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $49.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,042  
   
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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$52,510 - $143,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in People Management, Operations Management and Budget Management abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 3 percent and 16 percent. Many workers who know Budget Management also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director

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


For many Laboratory Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $70K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Laboratory Directors make a median salary of $90K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $100K.

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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 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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