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Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Laboratory Research Principal Investigators enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($105K) annually in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the particular city and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators (62 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Laboratory Research Principal Investigators report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits.
$67,129 - $134,082
MEDIAN: $99,184

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$67,129 - $134,082  
$994 - $19,653  
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$1,965 - $5,000  
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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).
$60,398 - $148,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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Job Description for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Laboratory Research Principal Investigators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $94K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $106K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Laboratory Research Principal Investigators make a median salary of $115K. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $117K.

Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%