Document and Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 29, 2013
Feb. 20, 2014
Jun. 28, 2013
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-29    
Document Period End Date Dec. 29, 2013    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   112,851,324  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 3,604,263,522