The average salary for a Principal Scientist is $112,512 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Material Science, Engineering Design, Chemical Process Engineering, and Biotechnology.
Principal Scientist Total Pay (?
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$84,050 - $144,018
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$84,050 - $144,018  
   
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$0.00 - $20,893  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $11,721  
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$85,329 - $157,418  
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Job Description for Principal Scientist
Principal scientists lead scientific teams, conducting research and analyzing results. The goals of this research vary according to the field and industry in which the principal scientists are employed. For example, principal scientists working in commercial manufacturing and other fields within the private sector typically look for ways to improve products or create new products or technologies. Principal scientists n academia seek to build on existing knowledge or technology; their aim is generally the advancement of the science itself versus improving a company’s commercial advantage.
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Principal Scientist Tasks
  • Monitor staff performance and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Lead a team of researchers, and coordinate work activity and training sessions.
  • Provide technical guidance on area of expertise and respond to internal and external queries.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to improve existing products or develop new ones.
  • Coordinate with other departmental team leads to produce effective business solutions, and provide updates to project managers.
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Pay Difference By Location
Irvine
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San Jose
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Rochester
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Boston
up arrow 1%
San Diego
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National Average
$120,000
Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Principal Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
National Average
$120,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Material Science
up arrow 21%
Engineering Design
up arrow 20%
Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 17%
Biotechnology
up arrow 15%
Chemistry
up arrow 6%
Research Analysis
up arrow 5%
Project Management
0%
National Average
$120,000
Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%
Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 16%
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Gender
Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
18%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 98% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 1%
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