Document and Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 28, 2014
Feb. 19, 2015
Jun. 27, 2014
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-28    
Document Period End Date Dec. 28, 2014    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   113,026,313  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 5,228,997,924