Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary

Median pay for Clinical Research Principal Investigators in the United States is around $83K per year. Most people in this field report low levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Principal Investigators making up 70 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,851 - $151,701
$41K
$83K
$150K
MEDIAN: $83,083
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$61
MEDIAN: $61.04
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$40,851 - $151,701  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
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$42,169 - $210,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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$61.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
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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$42,169 - $210,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Principal Investigator, Clinical Research

Principal investigators in clinical research generally lead a team of qualified researchers who collect data on medical phenomena, such as acquired and hereditary diseases, chronic ailments, and psychological afflictions, as well as the efficacy of various treatments. This position is also referred to as the "head of the laboratory" or "research group leader."

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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.


In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $73K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $135K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Research Principal Investigators make a median salary of $123K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $128K.

Key Stats for Principal Investigator, Clinical Research

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Mid-Career
▲53%

Late-Career
▲45%

Experienced
▲39%

National Average
$88,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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