Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Clinical Research Assistants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. The majority of Clinical Research Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,594 - $50,632
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,557
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$11.52 - $20.46
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,594 - $50,632  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$25,323 - $49,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $20.46  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $30.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$25,323 - $49,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329

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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 sometimes become Clinical Research Associates, where the average income is $54K per year. Clinical Research Assistants typically move into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators, and those positions pay $10K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $33K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $29K to $46K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Clinical Research Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Clinical Research, Regulatory Compliance, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. 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


Palo Alto is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Research Assistants, 29 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Washington (+16 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Durham (+8 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in Columbus and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Data Analysis
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National Average
$35,000

Clinical Research
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Data Entry
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Regulatory Compliance
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Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

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