Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Average pay for a Laboratory Research Principal Investigator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $104K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and location have a (lesser) impact as well. More than half of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$68,489 - $126,650
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MEDIAN: $104,352
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Salary $68,489 - $126,650
Bonus $1,939 - $15,541
Profit Sharing $2,200
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$68,404 - $137,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82

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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


E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Late-Career
▲15%

National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 2%
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