Experienced Principal Scientist Salary
Experienced Principal Scientists pull down an average of $125K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $26K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $91K and hits $169K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Male Experienced Principal Scientists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. The majority of Experienced Principal Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$88,723 - $152,189|
|Bonus||$2,990 - $25,609|
|Profit Sharing||$993 - $25,168|
|Total Pay (||$90,758 - $168,602|
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Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Scientist
The lowest salaries can be found at Pfizer, Inc. — median pay is $125K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $81K and only reaching $136K.
Pay Difference by Location
Experienced Principal Scientists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Experienced Principal Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Princeton (+17 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Irvine (+9 percent), and Cambridge (+6 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Francisco and Houston (2 percent less).
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