Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Clinical Research Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.02 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (79 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Clinical Research Assistants is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,730 - $50,991
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$51K
MEDIAN: $38,687
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$12.72 - $21.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,730 - $50,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,097  
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
Total Pay (?
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$27,450 - $49,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $21.31  
   
Overtime
$18.73 - $38.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,097  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$27,450 - $49,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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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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Clinical Research Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Clinical Research Associate. The latter position pays an average of $56K annually. When Clinical Research Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


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 are all popular places to work. Clinical Research Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where the average salary comes to $46K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Survey results suggest that Clinical Research Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Data Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Research Analysis and Project Coordinating are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 21 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance and Data Entry. The majority of those 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: $35,860

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

For Clinical Research Assistants, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Nashville (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Workers in Chicago and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, 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 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
9%
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
▲15%

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 72 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 22%