Clinical Research Assistant Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than three-quarters of Clinical Research Assistants have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $34,050 per year. Pay begins at $24,997 on the low end and climbs to $48,827 per year near the top. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and about half get vision plans, too. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Clinical Research Assistants making up 74 percent of workers. The majority of Clinical Research Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Clinical Research Assistant Salary (?
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$27,858 - $50,038
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MEDIAN: $36,266
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Clinical Research Assistant Salary (?
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$11.01 - $20.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,858 - $50,038  
   
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$0.00 - $2,424  
Total Pay (?
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$24,997 - $48,827  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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$0$11$22$33
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$11.01 - $20.50  
   
Overtime
$13.84 - $31.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$24,997 - $48,827  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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 not the most common occurrence, Clinical Research Assistants who become Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s earn an extra $19,968 per year. Clinical Research Assistants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)s, where paychecks increase by $10,004 or $7,513 per year.

Clinical Research Assistant Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine offers the most; Clinical Research Assistants earn $42,333 on average there. With a median salary of $33,208, 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

Professional skills reported by Clinical Research Assistants are few in number. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Clinical Research Assistants, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include Denver, New York, Washington, and Durham, top-paying cities where Clinical Research Assistants see paychecks higher than average (+22 percent, +18 percent, +18 percent, and +8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Philadelphia (-12 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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