Associate Clinical Research Director Salary

Associate Clinical Research Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $122K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $29K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Associate Clinical Research Directors spread between $75K and $176K depending on individual performance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Associate Clinical Research Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$72,882 - $155,933
MEDIAN: $121,986

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$72,882 - $155,933  
$970 - $29,021  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $19,727  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$74,646 - $175,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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Job Description for Associate Clinical Research Director

Associate clinical research directors work in institutions which carry out medical research and medical trials. These directors may be required to provide input into developing plans and strategies to test certain medicines or methods of treatment. There may be budget constraints, so associate directors should develop the most effective and cost-efficient plans possible.


Associate Clinical Research Director Tasks

  • Monitors the research staff in effective and efficient use of equipment, supplies and budget allocation.
  • Monitor inventory, order processing and distribution of products.
  • Participate in program design, research safety and budget development.
  • Assist in the planning and directing of the clinical research program.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional and safety standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Professional skills reported by Associate Clinical Research Directors are few in number. Clinical Research and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Clinical Research and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $77K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $131K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Clinical Research Directors make a median salary of $142K. For some reason, Associate Clinical Research Directors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $124K.

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


55 %
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 3%