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Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary (United States)

Clinical Research Principal Investigators in the United States typically earn six-figure salaries ($110K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Male Clinical Research Principal Investigators are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 54 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Research Principal Investigators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary (?
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$65,000 - $192,487
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MEDIAN: $101,944
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National Salary Data

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$65,000 - $192,487  
   
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$0.00 - $20,273  
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$67,118 - $193,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $96K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $108K. For Clinical Research Principal Investigators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $132K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $135K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Just over a half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-seventh.
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
National Average
$110,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%