When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($150K annually) can be spotted in Lenexa, Kan.; San Diego, Calif. (about $100K), Dallas, Texas (approximately $100K), and Blue Bell, Pa. ($93K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Charlottesville, Va. — at around $45K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $109K per year) in California.
The highest paychecks go to Clinical Research Managers, who earn an average approximately $118K annually, closely trailed by Clinical Trial Managers (about $108K), Senior Clinical Research Associates ($97K), and SAS Programmers ($81K). Near the bottom at PRA International are Proposal Writers, pulling in an average of just $62K.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to around $82K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $57K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (44 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $96K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an American Board of Family Medicine Member certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $250K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $130K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; PRA International awards about $77K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill to have may be People Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $104K annually. Clinical Research is regularly seen around here; a little over a half of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Project Management, Data Analysis, and Oncology were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of respondents use it to save for retirement. PRA International provides health insurance to most employees, and most survey participants do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, optional telecommute / work from home, flexible hours, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.