Laboratory Director Salary

With roughly three in four of Laboratory Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $57K to $144K per year and averages out to $98K per year. Total cash compensation for Laboratory Directors runs from $57K to $144K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Laboratory Directors (57 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$62,942 - $139,609
$63K
$98K
$140K
MEDIAN: $98,358
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$20.43 - $38.33
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MEDIAN: $26.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,942 - $139,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $15,050  
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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$56,652 - $144,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.43 - $38.33  
   
Overtime
$30.19 - $48.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $15,050  
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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$56,652 - $144,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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


Survey takers who work as Laboratory Directors usually report a few specific skills. Budget Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of 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
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
49%
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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

▲9%

▲7%

National Average
$97,000

▼12%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries



National Average
$97,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 9%