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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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact.

$68,662 - $131,798
(Median)
$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $101,143
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$68,662 - $131,798  
   
Bonus
$1,479 - $19,697  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $5,500  
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$66,263 - $147,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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.


Laboratory Research Principal Investigators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $102K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. For Laboratory Research Principal Investigators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $114K. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $118K.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$108,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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