Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary

Average pay for Clinical Research Principal Investigators in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($103K). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Clinical Research Principal Investigators is high. Women make up a slight majority of Clinical Research Principal Investigators (50 percent) survey respondents. Male Clinical Research Principal Investigators are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,627 - $192,040
MEDIAN: $102,631

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$75,627 - $192,040  
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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).
$72,175 - $192,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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.

Clinical Research Principal Investigators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $95K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $116K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $131K in this role. Clinical Research Principal Investigators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $135K.

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 15%