With more than half of Clinical Operations Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $129K per year and averages out to $80K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Clinical Operations Managers spread between $51K and $129K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Clinical Operations Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Operations Managers making up 78 percent. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn vision coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,386 - $122,751
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MEDIAN: $79,938
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$16.89 - $56.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,386 - $122,751  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $19,504  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,775  
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).
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$50,801 - $129,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 422
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $56.63  
   
Overtime
$29.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.34 - $19,504  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,775  
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).
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$50,801 - $129,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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Job Description for Clinical Operations Manager

Clinical operations manager jobs generally work for organizations in the medical field and are responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day activities for the medical portion of the organization. This includes the management of customer service, sales, and billing, as well as the general management of the operations staff. The clinical operations manager is responsible for overseeing employees and delegating work tasks throughout the department to ensure that thee tasks are completed properly and in a timely manner. They work with engineers, project managers, technicians, accounting representatives, and administrative workers. Additionally, some clinical operations managers communicate with customers or outside vendors.

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Clinical Operations Manager Tasks

  • Ensure trials remain within budget and use resources efficiently, identify, and apply for sources of funding.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate the performance of clinic researchers.
  • Work with researchers to make sure research meets quality and regulatory standards.
  • Develop, review, and enforce policies and protocols for conducting trials and obtaining consent from trial participants.
  • Oversee and direct the running of clinical trials at a medical research laboratory.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Operations Manager


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Moving into a Director of Operations position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $89K annually. Many Clinical Operations Managers go on to become Practice Managers or Clinical Services Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $26K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Operations Manager


Survey results show that Clinical Operations Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Research and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records, Human Resources, and Operations Management. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Operations Manager

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


For Clinical Operations Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $77K on average. On average, Clinical Operations Managers make $88K following one to two decades on the job. Clinical Operations Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $92K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,815

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Operations Managers, 54 percent above the national average. Clinical Operations Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+40 percent), Boston (+38 percent), Raleigh (+25 percent), and Durham (+19 percent). Clinical Operations Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Clinical Operations Managers in Tampa bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (22 percent lower) and Austin (12 percent lower).

Clinical Operations Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Operations Manager?

Clinical Operations Manager in Boston:
"Great Job That Builds Sales Skills."
Pros: I enjoy learning CRM and sales skills, as well as furthering my knowledge of the clinical research industry. I have a much better appreciation for the business side of research.
Cons: I do not like endless emailing and sitting in front of the screen for 40+ hours a week for work- I rather prefer face to face interactions and presentations.

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Key Stats for Clinical Operations Manager

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Clinical Operations Manager Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Clinical Operations Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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