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). Pay generally spreads from $67,118 to $193,237 per year. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 54 percent. Most Principal Clinical Investigators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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$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 many Principal Clinical Investigators, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $100K, which quickly surpasses six figures to $108K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $133K. Principal Clinical Investigators who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $135K. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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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