Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Clinical Research Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although roughly a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Female Clinical Research Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,057 - $50,806
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,292
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$11.68 - $20.50
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,057 - $50,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
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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$25,647 - $49,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $20.50  
   
Overtime
$6.21 - $30.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$25,647 - $49,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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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It's not very common for Clinical Research Assistants to move on to become Clinical Research Associates. Average pay for a Clinical Research Associate is $55K annually. A common career progression for a Clinical Research Assistant is to become a Clinical Research Coordinator or a Clinical Research Coordinator. Compared to Clinical Research Assistants, the first group earns $10K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $33K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $46K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Survey takers who work as Clinical Research Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Data Analysis, Data Entry, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy and Regulatory Compliance. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Assistant

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. For Clinical Research Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by 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 (+18 percent), Nashville (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Boston (8 percent lower and 6 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
up arrow 1%

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 124 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%
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