Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Median pay for Clinical Research Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.24 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Assistants making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Assistants. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,860 - $51,180
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MEDIAN: $38,159
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$12.58 - $21.44
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$0$51K
Salary $29,860 - $51,180
Bonus $0.00 - $3,110
Profit Sharing $3,950
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$27,310 - $49,777
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 296
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.58 - $21.44
Overtime $15.36 - $36.51
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,110
Profit Sharing $3,950
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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$27,310 - $49,777
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 343

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Job Description for Clinical Research Assistant

Clinical research assistants support research - generally involving human subjects - in clinical settings. They may use a wide variety of laboratory and medical equipment depending on the nature of the studies on which they work. These assistants may be involved in administering treatments during a study, conducting interviews or follow-up surveys with participants, or analyzing results and data. Some clinical research assistants may deal primarily with administrative duties such as administering and tabulating the results of surveys, while others may perform laboratory tests on samples and specimens.

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Clinical Research Assistant Tasks

  • Support clinical research, including recruitment, scheduling, patient care, and transportation.
  • Set up and maintain experimental or clinical equipment.
  • Process, document, and analyze results of laboratory tests or experiments.
  • Write, update, and maintain study documentation and reports.
  • Enter and verify data, including adverse events and patient compliance, to create reports.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Research Assistant


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At the upper end, Clinical Research Assistants who move into a Clinical Research Associate role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Research Associates is a much higher $56K per year. It is quite typical for Clinical Research Assistants to transition into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

Clinical Research Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Many Clinical Research Assistants can be found at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Radiant Research Incorporated, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) offers the largest salaries in town — $46K on average.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Clinical Research Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Data Management, Research Analysis, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance. Most people who know Clinical Research also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Research Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Research Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 539 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Research Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 70 salaries. An experienced Clinical Research Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 33 salaries. A Clinical Research Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,843

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

Clinical Research Assistants will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Clinical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Nashville (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Baltimore (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Clinical Research Assistant

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

▲19%

Late-Career
▲17%

▲13%

National Average
$36,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Data Management
▲21%

Research Analysis
▲16%

Project Coordinating
▲15%


Recruiting
▲3%

Clinical Research
▼0%

National Average
$36,000


▼1%

▼3%

Regulatory Compliance
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 21%
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