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Laboratory Director Salary

Approximately four-fifths of Laboratory Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $51K to $142K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Cash earnings of Laboratory Directors can occasionally include $20K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $51K to almost $142K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Laboratory Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up a slight majority of Laboratory Directors (52 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$54,169 - $133,702
(Median)
$54K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,841
10%
50%
90%

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$15.21 - $49.37
(Median)
$15
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,169 - $133,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,932 - $19,149  
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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$51,073 - $141,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $49.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,932 - $19,149  
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).
)
$51,073 - $141,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Experience with Budget Management is often linked with knowledge of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director

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


Laboratory Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $69K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $76K. Laboratory Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Laboratory Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $99K.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$88,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 19%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$88,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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