Principal Scientist Salary

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.

$83,059 - $150,269
$83K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $119,345
10%
50%
90%

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$44.75 - $79.22
$62
MEDIAN: $62.50
50%

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$0$164K
Salary $83,059 - $150,269
Bonus $2,000 - $25,039
Profit Sharing $543 - $38,794
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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$85,070 - $164,760
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 728
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $62.50
Overtime $55.00
Annual Data $0$164K
Bonus $2,000 - $25,039
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $543 - $38,794
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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$85,070 - $164,760
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

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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.

Common Career Paths for Principal Scientist


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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: $127,042

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

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
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Principal Scientist Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$127,000

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Principal Scientist Salaries

Machine Learning
▲31%

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 90 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 3%
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