When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($121K per year) can be spotted in New York, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa. ($120K), San Diego, Calif. (around $90K), and Blue Bell, Pa. (about $85K) are the next top-paying cities. Charlottesville, Va. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $44K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of California, where they average to $98K annually.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Clinical Project Managers, Clinical Trial Managers, Senior Clinical Research Associates, and Clinical Operations Managers; while the first receives the highest median pay at $133K per year, the other salaries come in at about $109K, around $107K, and $104K, respectively. Project Analysts at PRA International do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $56K on average) at the company.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $81K annually on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $62K per year. The largest slice of the PRA International workforce (37 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, around $100K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $250K per year for American Board of Family Medicine Members; non-accredited workers make much less. On average, salaries rise to $130K annually for accredited Certified ScrumMasters. Those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at PRA International come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $193K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $108K annually. Folks here also tend to know Clinical Research; on the survey, close to one-half of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Project Management, Oncology, and Regulatory Compliance.
Benefits and Perks
Most survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. PRA International provides health insurance to the vast majority of employees, and a large number of survey participants do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, flexible hours, a casual working environment, optional telecommute / work from home, and tuition reimbursement.