How much does a Principal Scientist make?

Updated Jan 6, 2022

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$145,048 /yr
Average Base Pay

1,675 salaries

$108K

Low

$145K

Average

$195K

High

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How much does a Principal Scientist make? The national average salary for a Principal Scientist is $145,048 in United States. Filter by location to see Principal Scientist salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 1,675 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Principal Scientist employees.

What is the salary trajectory for a Principal Research Scientist?

$143,224 /yrPrincipal Research Scientist
$58,563 /yrPostdoctoral Research Scientist
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What are some related job titles for a Principal Scientist?

Mass Spectrometry

$67,153

per year

Principal Research Scientist

$143,224

per year

Associate Principal Scientist

$129,669

per year

Principal Engineer

$148,758

per year

Recent User Submitted Salaries for Principal Scientist I in United States of America

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$134,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$19,000/yr

8 days ago by a Principal Scientist I with 4 to 6 years of experience

$141,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

8 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 10 to 14 years of experience

$150,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

9 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 10 to 14 years of experience

$170,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Stock Bonus$1,500/yr

9 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 1 to 3 years of experience

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$150,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$25,000/yr
Stock Bonus$20,000/yr

10 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 4 to 6 years of experience

$165,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$26,500/yr

11 days ago by a Principal Scientist with more than 15 years of experience

$189,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$38,000/yr
Stock Bonus$20,000/yr

12 days ago by a Principal Scientist with more than 15 years of experience

$119,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$19,000/yr
Stock Bonus$12,000/yr

12 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 4 to 6 years of experience

$105,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$5,000/yr

12 days ago by a Principal Scientist with 4 to 6 years of experience

$103,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

13 days ago by a Principal Scientist with less than one year of experience

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What is the average pay for a Principal Scientist at different companies?

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Pfizer
4.2

Pfizer

Principal Scientist

$136,330

 /yr
Range: $97K - $177K

$97K

$177K

$97,196 - $176,778 Range

Merck
4.2

Merck

Principal Scientist

$165,498

 /yr
Range: $117K - $215K

$117K

$215K

$117,457 - $214,526 Range

Bristol Myers Squibb
3.9

Bristol Myers Squibb

Principal Scientist

$154,031

 /yr
Range: $117K - $215K

$117K

$215K

$117,167 - $214,626 Range

Amgen
4.1

Amgen

Principal Scientist

$172,180

 /yr
Range: $125K - $203K

$125K

$203K

$124,932 - $202,967 Range

Roche
4.2

Roche

Principal Scientist

$153,419

 /yr
Range: $101K - $222K

$101K

$222K

$101,418 - $222,110 Range

Novartis
4.2

Novartis

Principal Scientist

$133,813

 /yr
Range: $108K - $153K

$108K

$153K

$107,995 - $153,151 Range

GlaxoSmithKline
3.9

GlaxoSmithKline

Principal Scientist

$152,664

 /yr
Range: $125K - $172K

$125K

$172K

$124,878 - $171,884 Range

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Johnson & Johnson
4.2

Johnson & Johnson

Principal Scientist

$138,517

 /yr
Range: $109K - $175K

$109K

$175K

$109,046 - $175,110 Range

Medtronic
4.1

Medtronic

Principal Scientist

$135,318

 /yr
Range: $116K - $151K

$116K

$151K

$115,714 - $150,762 Range

AstraZeneca
4.1

AstraZeneca

Principal Scientist

$178,744

 /yr
Range: $146K - $221K

$146K

$221K

$146,060 - $221,340 Range

Broadcom
3.4

Broadcom

Principal Scientist

$167,881

 /yr
Range: $153K - $176K

$153K

$176K

$152,911 - $175,785 Range

Sanofi
3.9

Sanofi

Principal Scientist

$150,176

 /yr
Range: $120K - $192K

$120K

$192K

$120,260 - $191,845 Range

Boehringer Ingelheim
4.2

Boehringer Ingelheim

Principal Scientist

$147,351

 /yr
Range: $137K - $170K

$137K

$170K

$137,463 - $169,704 Range

PepsiCo
3.9

PepsiCo

Principal Scientist

$127,050

 /yr
Range: $109K - $158K

$109K

$158K

$108,632 - $158,176 Range

Adobe
4.4

Adobe

Principal Scientist

$285,672

 /yr
Range: $248K - $338K

$248K

$338K

$248,429 - $337,519 Range

Eurofins Scientific
3.3

Eurofins Scientific

Principal Scientist

$97,865

 /yr
Range: $75K - $119K

$75K

$119K

$74,706 - $119,108 Range

Physical Sciences
3.6

Physical Sciences

Principal Scientist

$119,872

 /yr
Range: $99K - $156K

$99K

$156K

$99,232 - $156,155 Range

Procter & Gamble
4.2

Procter & Gamble

Principal Scientist

$179,586

 /yr
Range: $158K - $205K

$158K

$205K

$158,241 - $205,390 Range

Biogen
4.1

Biogen

Principal Scientist

$182,023

 /yr
Range: $146K - $197K

$146K

$197K

$146,427 - $196,636 Range

Watson Pharmaceuticals
3.3

Watson Pharmaceuticals

Principal Scientist

$145,323

 /yr
Range: $130K - $154K

$130K

$154K

$130,213 - $153,614 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Principal Scientist salaries

The national average salary for a Principal Scientist is $145,048 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Principal Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 1675 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Principal Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Principal Scientist in United States is $194,794 per year.

The lowest salary for a Principal Scientist in United States is $108,006 per year.

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