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. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Laboratory Research Principal Investigators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$69,282 - $131,170
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$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $101,034
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$1,462 - $18,626  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $5,500  
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$67,251 - $145,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.


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. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $102K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $113K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $116K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Laboratory Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$109,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%
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