Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 29, 2013
Oct. 31, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 29, 2013  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-29  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   112,392,600
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes