An average Experienced Principal Scientist can expect to take home roughly $123K annually. Total cash earnings of Experienced Principal Scientists range from $94K on the low end to $162K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $40K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Experienced Principal Scientists survey respondents are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Experienced Principal Scientists is high. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and most have vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$91,991 - $148,798
MEDIAN: $122,742

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$91,991 - $148,798  
$3,091 - $24,457  
Profit Sharing
$1,963 - $39,911  
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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).
$93,564 - $162,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392

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Pfizer, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $125K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $136K.

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Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Big Data Analytics
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Molecular Biology
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Product Development
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Chemical Process Engineering
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Material Science
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Project Management
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Research Analysis
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


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74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 2%