Clinical Research Assistant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Clinical Research Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $38K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Research Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Assistants making up 76 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,014 - $50,836

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$11.68 - $20.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,014 - $50,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,230  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,611 - $49,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $20.54  
   
Overtime
$6.21 - $30.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,230  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$25,611 - $49,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Clinical Research Assistant


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Though some Clinical Research Assistants move into positions like Clinical Research Associate (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. Clinical Research Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


With a median salary of $33K, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) provides Clinical Research Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $46K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Clinical Research Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Data Analysis, Data Entry, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance and Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Clinical Research are similarly competent in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Assistant

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Clinical Research Assistants. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. Clinical Research Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Clinical Research Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Clinical Research Assistants, Palo Alto offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Clinical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Nashville (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Philadelphia and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Clinical Research
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Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%
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