Laboratory Director Salary

Laboratory Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over three-quarters have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $54K to $147K per year, median earnings come to $95K annually. Total cash compensation to Laboratory Directors approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $147K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $19K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Laboratory Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,116 - $138,462
(Median)
$59K
$95K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,347
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$16.57 - $48.56
(Median)
$17
$29
$49
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,116 - $138,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,399  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,006  
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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$54,287 - $146,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.57 - $48.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,399  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,006  
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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$54,287 - $146,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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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 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Budget Management tends to also indicate an understanding 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $74K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $80K. Laboratory Directors see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $101K.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$93,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$93,000

People Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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