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Principal Scientist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Principal Scientist is $116,069 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Chemical Process Engineering and Biotechnology.
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$82,937 - $146,456
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MEDIAN: $116,069
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National Salary Data

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$82,937 - $146,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,807  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $9,904  
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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$85,487 - $157,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
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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 by Experience Level for Principal Scientist

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Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Irvine
up arrow 20%
San Jose
up arrow 14%
Cambridge
up arrow 6%
Seattle
up arrow 5%
New York
up arrow 3%
San Diego
0%
National Average
$122,000
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Philadelphia
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Houston
up arrow 6%
Raleigh
up arrow 12%
Los Angeles
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Principal Scientist Salaries

National Average
$122,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Chemical Process Engineering
up arrow 14%
Biotechnology
up arrow 12%
Engineering Design
up arrow 10%
Research Analysis
up arrow 4%
Material Science
up arrow 4%
Project Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$122,000
Product Development
up arrow 2%
Molecular Biology
up arrow 3%
Bioinformatics
up arrow 11%
Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 15%
Clinical Research
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 1%