Laboratory Director Salary

Laboratory Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $99K annually on average but can range from $57K to $144K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $20K, total cash payment to Laboratory Directors can bottom out at $57K or peak near $144K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Laboratory Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent.

$63,622 - $139,667
$64K
$99K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,187
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$21.98 - $46.06
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$46
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,622 - $139,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,825  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $20,000  
Total Pay (?
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$57,031 - $144,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.98 - $46.06  
   
Overtime
$33.48 - $49.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,825  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $20,000  
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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$57,031 - $144,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Budget Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know People Management.

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 with less than five years' experience earn around $76K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $86K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. Laboratory Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $106K.

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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 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$98,000

▼12%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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