Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary

Clinical Research Principal Investigators in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Women make up a slight majority of Clinical Research Principal Investigators (54 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Principal Investigators. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,171 - $187,245
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$56K
$99K
$190K
MEDIAN: $99,336
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$25.00 - $123.48
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MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$56,171 - $187,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,135  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$61,072 - $198,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Hourly Rate
$25.00 - $123.48  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$61,072 - $198,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.


Clinical Research Principal Investigators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $95K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $115K. Clinical Research Principal Investigators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $126K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $128K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$108,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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