Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary

Salaries for Clinical Research Principal Investigators in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Women make up a slight majority of Clinical Research Principal Investigators (52 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Principal Investigators. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,000 - $189,579
(Median)
$65K
$100K
$190K
MEDIAN: $102,631
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$30.20 - $121.18
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$30
$64
$120
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$65,000 - $189,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,273  
Total Pay (?
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$66,869 - $194,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Hourly Rate
$30.20 - $121.18  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,273  
   
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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$66,869 - $194,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Clinical Research

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $95K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $118K. On average, Clinical Research Principal Investigators make $130K following one to two decades on the job. Clinical Research Principal Investigators 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 $135K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$112,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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