PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST SALARY

Average Yearly Salary
$94,000
$65,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
New Mexico
Average Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a principal scientist make?
As a Principal Scientist in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $94,899 per year or $45.62 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $136,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 per year. The most abundant employment opportunities for Principal Scientists are in Technology companies and Pharmaceutical companies. The best states for high paying Principal Scientist jobs are New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, and North Dakota. The typical tenure for a Principal Scientist is 4.7 years.
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$83,906

Average Principal Scientist Salary By Company

Principal Scientist jobs offer good job security, but the wages reported in some industries are higher than others. Technology companies and Pharmaceutical companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. Microsoft and Zillow Group are the highest paying companies. Companies like AT&T and Amazon also report very competitive wages for Principal Scientists.

Average Principal Scientist Salary By Location

Across America, Principal Scientists make on average $94,899 annually or $45.62 hourly. San Jose, CA reports the highest annual salary for Principal Scientists at 135,334. The San Jose, CA average entry-level salary for Principal Scientists is $88,000. The top 5 states with the highest reported Principal Scientist salaries are New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, and North Dakota. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana have the lowest reported salaries for Principal Scientists.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
San Jose, CA
$135,334
2
Minneapolis, MN
$127,023
3
Seattle, WA
$121,458
4
Rahway, NJ
$109,737
5
New York, NY
$109,628

Average Principal Scientist Salary By Industry

Wages for Principal Scientists can differ based on the industry they work in. By looking at our data, we can see that Retail companies, Health Care companies, and Technology companies pay their Principal Scientists well. Retail companies pay Principal Scientists an average salary of $98,435, Health Care companies pay $97,805, and Technology companys come in at $95,949. The average salary for Principal Scientists in the Pharmaceutical industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $93,513.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Retail
$98,435
2
Health Care
$97,805
3
Technology
$95,949
4
Hospitality
$95,072
5
Pharmaceutical
$93,513

RECENTLY ADDED Principal Scientist SALARIES

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Educationcrossing
Principal Scientist
06/10/2019
$68,000
Colorado School of Mines Alumni
Principal Scientist
06/10/2019
$110,000
Ashvattha Discovery, Inc.
Principal Scientist
03/22/2019
$110,000
Pharmavite LLC
Principal Scientist
03/21/2019
$107,000
Pinscreen Inc.
Principal Scientist
03/21/2019
$145,000
Cepheid
Principal Scientist
03/21/2019
$153,511
Bioverativ Therapeutics Inc.
Principal Scientist for Gene Therapy
03/21/2019
$124,904
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Principal Scientist
03/20/2019
$145,000
Roswell Biotechnologies, Inc.
Principal Scientist
03/19/2019
$120,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Principal Scientist
03/19/2019
$135,000
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