Associate Clinical Research Director Salary

Compensation for Associate Clinical Research Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($121K). Overall cash earnings for Associate Clinical Research Directors stretch from $75K on the lower end to $171K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $27K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. For the most part, Associate Clinical Research Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Women Associate Clinical Research Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,315 - $151,266
MEDIAN: $121,167

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$73,315 - $151,266  
$15.10 - $27,041  
Profit Sharing
$4,027 - $15,893  
Total Pay (?
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).
$75,116 - $170,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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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Associate Clinical Research Directors usually report a few specific skills. Clinical Research and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Aptitude in Clinical Research tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Clinical Research Director

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

Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $77K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $125K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Clinical Research Directors make a median salary of $140K. Associate Clinical Research Directors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $121K.

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Skills That Affect Associate Clinical Research Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


57 %
43 %

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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%