Laboratory Director Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for laboratory directors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 29,749 laboratory directors currently employed in the United States.
  • 40.8% of all laboratory directors are women, while only 52.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed laboratory director is 46 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of laboratory directors is White (66.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.3%) and Black or African American (9.9%).
  • The majority of laboratory directors are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Laboratory directors are paid an average annual salary of $88,627.
  • Laboratory directors average starting salary is $53,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 90% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid laboratory directors earn as much as $147,000 or more.
  • 29% of all laboratory directors are LGBT.
  • Laboratory directors are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Laboratory Director Statistics By Gender

Among laboratory directors, 40.8% of them are women compared to 52.5% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 52.5%
  • Female, 40.8%
  • Unknown, 6.7%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
Male
52.5%
52.5%
Female
Female
40.8%
40.8%
Unknown
Unknown
6.7%
6.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Laboratory Director

Women Earn 90¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$98,630
female-income
Female Income
$88,384

Laboratory Director Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the laboratory director position over time.

Male
Female
35%
32%
30%
27%
25%
22%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
2008
29.48%
29.48%
70.52%
70.52%
2009
2009
30.22%
30.22%
69.78%
69.78%
2010
2010
30.00%
30.00%
70.00%
70.00%
2011
2011
29.24%
29.24%
70.76%
70.76%
2012
2012
30.13%
30.13%
69.87%
69.87%
2013
2013
29.74%
29.74%
70.26%
70.26%
2014
2014
28.49%
28.49%
71.51%
71.51%
2015
2015
29.48%
29.48%
70.52%
70.52%
2016
2016
28.38%
28.38%
71.62%
71.62%
2017
2017
27.70%
27.70%
72.30%
72.30%
2018
2018
28.13%
28.13%
71.87%
71.87%

Laboratory Director Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, pipeline superintendent and agronomy research manager have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Early Childhood Services Coordinator11%86%
Community Health Nursing Director12%86%
Parent Educator12%83%
Laboratory Director52%41%
Project Superintendent94%3%
Agronomy Research Manager94%4%
Pipeline Superintendent95%3%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Pipeline Superintendent
Agronomy Research Manager
Project Superintendent
Laboratory Director
Parent Educator
Community Health Nursing Director
Early Childhood Services Coordinator
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Laboratory Director Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among laboratory directors is White, which makes up 66.8% of all laboratory directors. Comparatively, there are 13.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 66.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 13.3%
  • Black or African American, 9.9%
  • Asian, 7.5%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6%
Job Title
Laboratory Director RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
White
66.8%
66.8%
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
13.3%
13.3%
Black or African American
Black or African American
9.9%
9.9%
Asian
Asian
7.5%
7.5%
Unknown
Unknown
1.9%
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.6%
0.6%

Laboratory Director Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among laboratory directors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
2010
71.45%
71.45%
9.63%
9.63%
6.68%
6.68%
10.41%
10.41%
2011
2011
71.72%
71.72%
9.36%
9.36%
6.18%
6.18%
10.73%
10.73%
2012
2012
69.37%
69.37%
9.75%
9.75%
6.56%
6.56%
11.36%
11.36%
2013
2013
70.08%
70.08%
10.16%
10.16%
6.94%
6.94%
10.84%
10.84%
2014
2014
69.11%
69.11%
10.43%
10.43%
6.94%
6.94%
11.34%
11.34%
2015
2015
68.61%
68.61%
10.03%
10.03%
7.16%
7.16%
11.72%
11.72%
2016
2016
68.26%
68.26%
9.50%
9.50%
7.19%
7.19%
12.53%
12.53%
2017
2017
68.74%
68.74%
8.91%
8.91%
7.10%
7.10%
12.71%
12.71%
2018
2018
66.80%
66.80%
9.86%
9.86%
7.49%
7.49%
13.26%
13.26%

Laboratory Director Wage Gap By Race

Asian laboratory directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american laboratory directors have the lowest average salary at $89,213.
$102,000
$99,000
$96,000
$93,000
$90,000
$87,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$92,500
White$94,307
Black or African American$89,213
Asian$100,698
Hispanic or Latino$90,815

Average Age of a Laboratory Director

We determined the average age of laboratory directors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
Black or African American
48.5
48.5
47
47
Unknown
Unknown
49
49
43.5
43.5
Asian
Asian
44
44
45
45
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
43
43
41.5
41.5
White
White
48
48
48
48
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
47
47
48
48

Laboratory Director Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of laboratory director employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of laboratory directors is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Laboratory Director YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
20-30 years
4%
4%
30-40 years
30-40 years
24%
24%
40+ years
40+ years
72%
72%

Types of Laboratory Director Degree Levels

The most common degree for laboratory directors is bachelor's degree 60% of laboratory directors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 17% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 60%
  • Masters, 17%
  • Doctorate, 10%
  • Associate, 9%
  • Other Degrees, 4%
Job Title
Laboratory Director DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
Bachelors
60%
60%
Masters
Masters
17%
17%
Doctorate
Doctorate
10%
10%
Associate
Associate
9%
9%
Other Degrees
Other Degrees
4%
4%

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Laboratory Director Wage Gap By Education

Laboratory directors with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $131,755 annually. With a Masters degree, laboratory directors earn a median annual income of $105,759 compared to $88,384 for laboratory directors with an Bachelors degree.
$136,000
$122,000
$108,000
$94,000
$80,000
$66,000
$52,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$65,635
Master's Degree$105,759
Bachelor's Degree$88,384
Doctorate Degree$131,755
Some College/ Associate Degree$76,646

Laboratory Director Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ laboratory directors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most laboratory directors is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire laboratory directors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
< 50 employees
4%
4%
50 - 100 employees
50 - 100 employees
3%
3%
100 - 500 employees
100 - 500 employees
14%
14%
500 - 1,000 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
16%
16%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
44%
44%
> 10,000 employees
> 10,000 employees
18%
18%

The Types Of Companies Laboratory Director Work In

Employees with the laboratory director job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most laboratory directors prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
Education
32%
32%
Public
Public
12%
12%
Private
Private
52%
52%
Government
Government
4%
4%

Top Industries Hiring Laboratory Directors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ laboratory directors. Those industries include health care, education and non profits.

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Health Care

Education

Fortune 500

Professional

Non Profits

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Health Care
Health Care
36%
36%
Education
Education
18%
18%
Fortune 500
Fortune 500
6%
6%
Professional
Professional
5%
5%
Non Profits
Non Profits
5%
5%
Technology
Technology
5%
5%
Media
Media
4%
4%
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
4%
4%
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
2%
2%
Hospitality
Hospitality
2%
2%
Retail
Retail
2%
2%
Finance
Finance
2%
2%
Start-up
Start-up
2%
2%
Internet
Internet
1%
1%
Transportation
Transportation
1%
1%
Telecommunication
Telecommunication
1%
1%
Government
Government
1%
1%
Automotive
Automotive
1%
1%
Utilities
Utilities
1%
1%
Construction
Construction
1%
1%
Energy
Energy
1%
1%
Insurance
Insurance
1%
1%

Laboratory Director Turnover And Employment Statistics

Laboratory Director Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of laboratory directors changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescLaboratory Director Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
2010
3.17%
3.17%
2011
2011
2.92%
2.92%
2012
2012
3.03%
3.03%
2013
2013
2.54%
2.54%
2014
2014
2.41%
2.41%
2015
2015
1.99%
1.99%
2016
2016
1.61%
1.61%
2017
2017
1.64%
1.64%
2018
2018
1.43%
1.43%

The Average Number of Years That Laboratory Director Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,273 laboratory directors resumes, we figured out that the average laboratory director enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
Less than 1 year
13%
13%
1-2 years
1-2 years
31%
31%
3-4 years
3-4 years
17%
17%
5-7 years
5-7 years
18%
18%
8-10 years
8-10 years
7%
7%
11+ years
11+ years
13%
13%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Laboratory Directors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to laboratory directors.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
General Contractor7.96%
Engineering Director15.08%
Administrative Assistant/Property Manager15.36%
Arts And Sciences Dean21.51%
Clerk/Assistant Manager21.82%
Laboratory Director28.57%
Director Of Case Management29.21%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
General Contractor
General Contractor
7.96%
7.96%
Engineering Director
Engineering Director
15.08%
15.08%
Administrative Assistant/Property Manager
Administrative Assistant/Property Manager
15.36%
15.36%
Arts And Sciences Dean
Arts And Sciences Dean
21.51%
21.51%
Clerk/Assistant Manager
Clerk/Assistant Manager
21.82%
21.82%
Director Of Case Management
Director Of Case Management
29.21%
29.21%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Laboratory Directors

The most common foreign language among laboratory directors is Spanish at 47.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 8.8% and French is the third-most popular at 8.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 47.5%
  • German, 8.8%
  • French, 8.8%
  • Chinese, 6.3%
  • Italian, 6.3%
  • Other, 22.3%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
Spanish
47.5%
47.5%
German
German
8.8%
8.8%
French
French
8.8%
8.8%
Chinese
Chinese
6.3%
6.3%
Italian
Italian
6.3%
6.3%
Other
Other
22.3%
22.3%

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Laboratory Director Heatmaps

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Where Do Laboratory Directors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where laboratory directors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Laboratory Directors Located?

By looking through more than 2,273 resumes, we found that the most popular places for laboratory directors are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Laboratory Directors

Where Are Laboratory Directors In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country laboratory directors are in the most demand.

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