Laboratory Director Salary

Laboratory Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $92K annually, but may range from $52K to $145K per year. In the world of Laboratory Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $145K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $19K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women Laboratory Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Directors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,640 - $135,901

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$15.46 - $49.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,640 - $135,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,096  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $18,876  
Total Pay (?
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$51,984 - $144,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $49.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $18,876  
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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$51,984 - $144,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 results show that Laboratory Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 16 percent more than the national average. Budget Management and Operations Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Laboratory Director

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


For Laboratory Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $70K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. Laboratory Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $90K. 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 $100K on average.

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Experience Affects Laboratory Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$91,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Laboratory Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 16%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$91,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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