Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary (United States)

Average pay for Principal Clinical Investigators in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six figure mark ($110,483). Compensation generally starts at $67,118 and does not exceed $193,237 per year. Men make up a slight majority of Principal Clinical Investigators (54 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salary (?
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$65,000 - $192,487
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MEDIAN: $101,944
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National Salary Data

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$65,000 - $192,487  
   
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$0.00 - $20,273  
Total Pay (?
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$67,118 - $193,237  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Pay by Experience Level for Principal Investigator, Clinical Research

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Principal Clinical Investigators, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, salaries grow from $100K to $108K, topping six figures. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $133K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Principal Clinical Investigators encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $135K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Experience Affects Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
National Average
$110,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
46%
female alumni
 
Male
54%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%
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