Wages for Laboratory Research Principal Investigators in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the company and geographic location are influential factors as well. The majority of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Laboratory Research Principal Investigators report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance.

$72,799 - $127,539
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $104,028
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$72,799 - $127,539  
   
Bonus
$2,980 - $16,047  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$75,044 - $139,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$63.35  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,980 - $16,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$75,044 - $139,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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Although E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $131K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $82K on the low end all the way up to $144K at the top.

The pay scale is far from balanced at GlaxoSmithKline. While salaries on one end can reach $168K, the company's median pay sits at $115K, the lowest in the field.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

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


Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $103K per year. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $130K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $128K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$111,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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