The average salary for a Principal Scientist is $118,962 per year. A skill in Big Data Analytics is associated with high pay for this job.

$83,649 - $147,910
(Median)
$84K
$120K
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MEDIAN: $118,961
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$31.06 - $86.91
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MEDIAN: $66.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,649 - $147,910  
   
Bonus
$1,968 - $23,621  
Profit Sharing
$1,907 - $39,402  
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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$85,762 - $160,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$66.25  
   
Overtime
$38.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,968 - $23,621  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,907 - $39,402  
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).
)
$85,762 - $160,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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

National Average: $125,927

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Experience Affects Principal Scientist Salaries



National Average
$126,000



Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Big Data Analytics
up arrow 22%

Algorithm Development
up arrow 6%

Bioinformatics
up arrow 5%

Biotechnology
up arrow 2%

Product Development
0%

Clinical Research
0%

Material Science
0%

National Average
$126,000

Molecular Biology
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Chemistry
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%


Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

Manufacturing Process Engineering
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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