The average Clinical Research Principal Investigator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $83K per year. Though the majority of Clinical Research Principal Investigators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Female Clinical Research Principal Investigators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,500 - $156,975
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MEDIAN: $83,083
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$44,500 - $156,975  
   
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$5,000  
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$42,485 - $209,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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$77.50  
   
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$42,485 - $209,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $73K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $135K. Clinical Research Principal Investigators see a median salary of $125K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $128K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 52%

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

National Average
$89,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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