Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Average pay for a Laboratory Research Principal Investigator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103K per year. While the specific employer and geography impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Men working as Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$72,642 - $127,476
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MEDIAN: $103,262
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$72,642 - $127,476  
   
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$1,521 - $15,781  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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$70,000 - $138,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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 flock to E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $133K lead the pack in compensation.

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
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Late-Career
▲16%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 2%