Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Jan. 03, 2016
Feb. 25, 2016
Jun. 26, 2015
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name PERKINELMER INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000031791    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-03    
Document Period End Date Jan. 03, 2016    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   109,789,094  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 6,101,934,638