Experienced Principal Scientist Salary

Experienced Principal Scientists take home an average $123K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $25K, total cash payment to Experienced Principal Scientists can bottom out at $93K or peak near $164K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and almost all collect dental insurance. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Experienced Principal Scientists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$90,659 - $149,190
MEDIAN: $123,241

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$90,659 - $149,190  
$2,990 - $25,009  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $25,342  
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).
$92,950 - $163,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 362

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With a median salary of $125K, Pfizer, Inc. provides Experienced Principal Scientists with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $136K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,108

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Experienced Principal Scientists, Washington provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Experienced Principal Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Princeton (+19 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Irvine (+10 percent), and Cambridge (+8 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Key Stats for Principal Scientist


23 %
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Big Data Analytics

Chemical Process Engineering

Engineering Design

National Average

Molecular Biology

Material Science

Project Management

Data Analysis

Research Analysis

Clinical Research


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.


23 %
77 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 2%