Laboratory Director Salary
Laboratory Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $58K to $145K per year, median earnings come to $98K per year. Overall cash earnings for Laboratory Directors stretch from $58K on the lower end to $145K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Laboratory Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
Most laboratory director positions require a doctoral degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. This is a position which requires organizational skills and unfailing attention to detail. A laboratory director should possess excellent management skills as well. Previous experience as lab generalists, assistant directorships, and experience in laboratory management positions are generally required. Additionally, there are several professional organizations which offer laboratory director certification upon proving that one has fulfilled the educational requirements and passed a competency test.
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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Popular Skills for Laboratory Director
Laboratory Directors usually report a few specific skills. Budget Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Laboratory Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $76K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $86K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $102K. 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 $105K on average.