v3.19.3
Cover Page - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 29, 2019
Oct. 31, 2019
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 29, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity File Number 001-5075  
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code MA  
Entity Tax Identification Number 04-2052042  
Entity Address, Address Line One 940 Winter Street,  
Entity Address, City or Town Waltham,  
Entity Address, State or Province MA  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 02451  
City Area Code 781  
Local Phone Number 663-6900  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   111,100,811
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-29  
PKI [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Trading Symbol PKI  
Trading Symbol PKI  
PKI 21A [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Trading Symbol PKI 21A  
Trading Symbol PKI 21A  
PKI 21B [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Trading Symbol PKI 21B  
Trading Symbol PKI 21B  
Common stock, $1 par value per share [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Title of 12(b) Security Common stock, $1 par value per share  
Title of 12(b) Security Common stock, $1 par value per share  
1.875% Notes due 2026 [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Title of 12(b) Security 1.875% Notes due 2026  
Title of 12(b) Security 1.875% Notes due 2026  
0.60% Notes due 2021 [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Title of 12(b) Security 0.60% Notes due 2021  
Title of 12(b) Security 0.60% Notes due 2021  
NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, INC. [Member]    
Entity Listings [Line Items]    
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Security Exchange Name NYSE