Laboratory Director Salary

Laboratory Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of Laboratory Directors. Pay fluctuates from $57K to $138K per year, but expected earnings average $95K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $19K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Laboratory Directors can bottom out near $57K or peak near $138K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$60,832 - $134,926
$61K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $95,253
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50%
90%

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$18.57 - $38.44
$19
$27
$38
MEDIAN: $26.83
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$0$138K
Salary $60,832 - $134,926
Bonus $0.00 - $19,268
Profit Sharing $3,548 - $15,152
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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$56,980 - $138,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $18.57 - $38.44
Overtime $27.51 - $49.45
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $0.00 - $19,268
Profit Sharing $3,548 - $15,152
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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$56,980 - $138,015
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Laboratory Director


Laboratory Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Budget Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. Those proficient in Budget Management are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director

Pay by Experience for a Laboratory Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Laboratory Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Laboratory Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Laboratory Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 106 salaries. A Laboratory Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 144 salaries.

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Key Stats for Laboratory Director

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

▲15%

▲12%

National Average
$92,000

▼7%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries



National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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