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 per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Female Clinical Research Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most Clinical Research Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,217 - $50,945
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,056
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$11.85 - $20.94
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$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,217 - $50,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,030  
Profit Sharing
$0.29  
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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$26,243 - $49,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $20.94  
   
Overtime
$13.56 - $31.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.29  
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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$26,243 - $49,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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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. The most common next step for a Clinical Research Assistant is to become a Clinical Research Coordinator or a Clinical Research Coordinator. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) offers the least pay with a median salary of $34K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $47K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Clinical Research Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Recruiting, Clinical Research, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance. Most people familiar with Clinical Research also know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Assistant

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


For many Clinical Research Assistants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Clinical Research Assistants bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Clinical Research Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,948

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For Clinical Research Assistants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Clinical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Durham (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Providence (6 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

Research Analysis
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Recruiting
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National Average
$35,000

Clinical Research
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Data Analysis
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Data Entry
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Phlebotomy
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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