Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salary

On average, Laboratory Research Principal Investigators in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($101K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings of Laboratory Research Principal Investigators can occasionally include $20K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $66K to almost $148K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Laboratory Research Principal Investigators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals.

$68,596 - $131,891
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$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $101,005
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$15.21 - $73.97
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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Salary
$68,596 - $131,891  
   
Bonus
$1,030 - $19,668  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $18,873  
Total Pay (?
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$66,427 - $147,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $73.97  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,030 - $19,668  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $18,873  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$66,427 - $147,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.


Laboratory Research Principal Investigators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $100K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $115K. Laboratory Research Principal Investigators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $118K on average.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$108,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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