Average Principal Scientist Salary in United Kingdom

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The average salary for a Principal Scientist in United Kingdom is £48,143.
MEDIAN £48,143
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£35k - £64k
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£35k - £71k

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Job Description for Principal Scientist

Principal Scientist Tasks
  • 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.
  • Provide technical guidance on area of expertise and respond to internal and external queries.
  • Monitor staff performance and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Lead a team of researchers, and coordinate work activity and training sessions.

Popular Employer Salaries for Principal Scientist

The top respondents for the job title Principal Scientist are from the companies UCB Chemicals Corp./Ucb Pharma Inc., Johnson Matthey Inc. and Lonza Biologics Inc. Reported salaries are highest at UCB Chemicals Corp./Ucb Pharma Inc. where the average pay is £59,781. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lonza Biologics Inc, earning around £52,402. Johnson Matthey Inc. pays the lowest at around £48,025. GlaxoSmithKline also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying £50,000.

Career Paths

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Principal Scientist
Medicinal Chemist
Research Scientist
Research & Development (R&D) Manager
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Popular Skills for Principal Scientist

Skills in Biotechnology, Research Analysis and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Molecular Biology and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Scientist

An early career Principal Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £44,936 based on 21 salaries. A mid-career Principal Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £45,368 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Principal Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £49,762 based on 77 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £55,272.
Employees with Principal Scientist in their job title in Slough, England: Berkshire earn an average of 12.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Cambridge, England: Cambridgeshire (5.2% more) and London, England: London (3.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Nottingham, England: Nottinghamshire (12.8% less).

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