Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

Average pay for a Laboratory Research Principal Investigator in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $101K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. More than half of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators (63 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Laboratory Research Principal Investigators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$67,858 - $129,980
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$68K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $100,536
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$67,858 - $129,980  
   
Bonus
$1,039 - $19,153  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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$65,472 - $143,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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.


For Laboratory Research Principal Investigators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $102K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $113K in this role. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$108,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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