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Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary

Average pay for a Clinical Research Principal Investigator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $105K per year. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Clinical Research Principal Investigators making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$60,939 - $190,347
MEDIAN: $99,329

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$60,939 - $190,347  
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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).
$64,228 - $191,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $95K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $100K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $130K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $135K.

Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%