Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Laboratory Research Principal Investigators in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $106K) surpassing six figures annually. While the company and location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,615 - $128,594
$75K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $105,608
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50%
90%

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$19.22 - $73.25
$63
MEDIAN: $63.35
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Salary
$74,615 - $128,594  
   
Bonus
$1,957 - $16,486  
Profit Sharing
$4,400  
Total Pay (?
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$74,908 - $139,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Hourly Rate
$63.35  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,957 - $16,486  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,400  
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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$74,908 - $139,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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Job Description for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

Generally, principal investigators of laboratory research take the lead in conducting scientific investigations in controlled environments. They set the parameters of what questions or hypotheses will be explored, and then create the outlines of how the research and investigation will look. The latter, and the execution of experiments, data analysis, and documentation of findings, are typically conducted with input from research and laboratory associates, so some principal investigators also serve as supervisory employees.

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Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Tasks

  • Supervise, coordinate, direct and ensure research is completed on deadline.
  • Write and submit grant proposals and secure other funding.
  • Write and present reports and papers.
  • Serve as point of contact for the laboratory and/or project.
  • Oversee and train research assistants on procedures and protocol specific to the project.

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Laboratory Research Principal Investigators seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), where the average salary comes to $133K.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $99K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $106K. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $129K. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Key Stats for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
▲16%

Late-Career
▲16%

National Average
$111,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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