Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 29, 2015
Apr. 30, 2015
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 29, 2015  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-03  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   113,193,707
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes