PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR SALARY

Average Yearly Salary
$84,000
$44,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$160,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Saint Louis Park, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Average Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a principal investigator make?
As a Principal Investigator in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $84,773 per year or $40.76 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners make over $160,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $44,000 per year. Technology companies and Professional companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. The top 5 states when it comes to Principal Investigator salaries are North Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska, South Dakota, and Maine. Most Principal Investigators spend 3.1 years in the position.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Principal
$113,085

Average Principal Investigator Salary By Company

If you are a Principal Investigator, you can expect good job security. However, keep in mind that some industries pay better than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Principal Investigators are in Technology companies and Professional companies. Companies like California Institute of the Arts or AveXis will get you the highest pay packages. If you can find a job at a company like SGS or Prome, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Principal Investigators.

Average Principal Investigator Salary By Location

Principal Investigators in the United States of America make on average $84,773 a year or $40.76 per hour. Saint Louis Park, MN reports the highest annual salary for Principal Investigators at 116,508. Not only that, Saint Louis Park, MN also has an average entry-level salary of $64,000. The top 5 states with the highest reported Principal Investigator salaries are North Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska, South Dakota, and Maine. On the other hand, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina report the lowest wages for Principal Investigators.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
Saint Louis Park, MN
$116,508
2
San Francisco, CA
$109,763
3
Olympia, WA
$105,391
4
Albany, NY
$102,330
5
Cambridge, MA
$101,661

Average Principal Investigator Salary By Industry

Principal Investigator salaries can vary depending on the industry. By looking at our data, we can see that Pharmaceutical companies, Manufacturing companies, and Health Care companies pay their Principal Investigators well. Salaries for Principal Investigators in Pharmaceutical companies average $102,056 annually, while Manufacturing companies and Health Care companies pay $87,264 and $86,973, respectively. At $80,026, the average salary for Principal Investigators in the Professional industry is lower than other industries.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Pharmaceutical
$102,056
2
Manufacturing
$87,264
3
Health Care
$86,973
4
Technology
$83,286
5
Professional
$80,026

RECENTLY ADDED Principal Investigator SALARIES

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
American Chemical Society
Principal Investigator
08/01/2019
$116,556
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator
06/10/2019
$65,000
Stony Brook University
Principal Investigator
06/10/2019
$65,000
Careplus New Jersey
Principal Investigator
05/14/2019
$225,000
Children's Hospital Pediatric Associates
Principal Investigator
03/20/2019
$149,500
03/13/2019
$118,000
Incyte Corporation
Principal Investigator, Applied Technology
03/11/2019
$126,875
Catalina Biotech, Inc.
Principal Investigator
02/06/2019
$150,000
Catalina Biotech, Inc.
Principal Investigator
02/01/2019
$150,000