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Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Laboratory Research Principal Investigators enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($101K) annually in the United States. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Men account for the majority of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Laboratory Research Principal Investigators is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$69,258 - $132,079
(Median)
$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $101,293
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$69,258 - $132,079  
   
Bonus
$1,462 - $19,471  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $5,500  
Total Pay (?
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$67,251 - $147,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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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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. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $102K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $114K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $118K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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