Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Laboratory Research Principal Investigators receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $106K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Laboratory Research Principal Investigators making up 58 percent of survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,795 - $127,001
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MEDIAN: $105,594
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$70,795 - $127,001  
   
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$1,965 - $15,464  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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$71,954 - $137,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research


The biggest paychecks can be found at E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) — the median salary there is $133K.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

Pay by Experience for a Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 32 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $128,000 based on 28 salaries. A Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 13 salaries.

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Key Stats for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
▲15%

Late-Career
▲13%

National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 2%
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