$119,774
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$12,051

Profit Sharing

$6,068

Commission

$0.00

The average salary for a Principal Scientist is $118,446 per year. A skill in Machine Learning is associated with high pay for this job.

$84,533 - $150,180
$85K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $119,774
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50%
90%

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$29.76 - $99.35
$30
$65
$99
MEDIAN: $64.84
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$0$165K
Salary $84,533 - $150,180
Bonus $2,500 - $24,832
Profit Sharing $1,918 - $30,201
Commission $0.00
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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$86,930 - $165,330
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,375
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $29.76 - $99.35
Overtime $0.00 - $99.33
Annual Data $0$165K
Bonus $2,500 - $24,832
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $1,918 - $30,201
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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$86,930 - $165,330
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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

  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Principal Scientist

Pay by Experience Level for Principal Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Principal Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Principal Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 123 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Principal Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 234 salaries. An experienced Principal Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 363 salaries. A Principal Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $138,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,178

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Principal Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Principal Scientist?

Principal Scientist in Palo Alto:
"Good place to work."
Pros: Lots of opportunities.
Cons: Politics.

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Key Stats for Principal Scientist

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Principal Scientist Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$127,000

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Machine Learning
▲30%

Algorithm Development
▲6%


National Average
$127,000


Product Development
▼2%

Bioinformatics
▼2%






Chemistry
▼4%



Manufacturing Process Engineering
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 4%