Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Principal Research Scientist make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

Industry

$186,697 / yrTotal Pay
$139,946 / yrBase Pay
$46,751 / yrAdditional Pay

$186,697

 / yr
$117K$302K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Principal Research Scientist is $186,697 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $139,946 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $46,751 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Related Job Titles

For Principal Research Scientist

Some related job titles are Principal Scientist Salaries with median pay of $170,220, Assistant Research Scientist Salaries with median pay of $78,577, Senior Principal Scientist Salaries with median pay of $217,179, Senior Research Scientist Salaries with median pay of $160,221.

Top Paying Companies

For a Principal Research Scientist in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Principal Research Scientist in United States. Employers include Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo.

1
Amazon
Amazon
$337,955/yr
3
Yahoo
$290,864/yr
4
KLA
$235,392/yr
6
Roche
$220,258/yr
7
$209,176/yr
8
AbbVie
$209,104/yr
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Battelle
3.7
Principal Research ScientistSee 53 salaries from all locations

$159,429

 / yr

$200,418

 / yr

$200,317

 / yr

$185,652

 / yr

$337,955

 / yr
Wyeth
4.0
Principal Research Scientist ISee 9 salaries from all locations

$170,077

 / yr
KLA
4.0
Principal Research ScientistSee 8 salaries from all locations

$235,392

 / yr

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$209,104

 / yr

$194,360

 / yr

$194,302

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AbbVie
3.9
Principal Research Scientist ISee 7 salaries from all locations

$184,717

 / yr

$194,356

 / yr

$176,203

 / yr

$196,373

 / yr
Yahoo
4.0
Principal Research ScientistSee 6 salaries from all locations

$290,864

 / yr

$140,173

 / yr

$209,176

 / yr

$220,258

 / yr

$296,901

 / yr

$202,440

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What is the pay outlook for Research & Science?

Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.

Recent Salaries Shared

For principal research scientist

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$191,000

/yr

$156K | $35K

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$105,000

/yr

$103K | $3K

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$210,000

/yr

$180K | $30K

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$154,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$147,000

/yr

$132K | $15K

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$150,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$145,000

/yr

$135K | $10K

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$162,000

/yr

$140K | $22K

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
Principal Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$179,000

/yr

$165K | $14K

Submitted2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago

Principal Research Scientist pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Principal Research Scientist is $139,946 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal Research Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 373 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Research Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Principal Research Scientist in United States is $216,820 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Research Scientist in United States is $90,328 per year.

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