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Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Pay for Clinical Research Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Clinical Research Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,085 - $50,025
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MEDIAN: $36,437
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$11.39 - $20.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,085 - $50,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,064  
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$25,207 - $48,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $20.69  
   
Overtime
$14.05 - $31.10  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,064  
   
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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$25,207 - $48,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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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There are some Clinical Research Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Research Associates, where earnings are an average $54K annually. Clinical Research Assistants most often move into positions as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Pay for Clinical Research Assistants is the lowest at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), which has a median salary of $33K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $46K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Clinical Research Assistants only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Clinical Research, Regulatory Compliance, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Clinical Research are similarly competent in Data Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location


Clinical Research Assistants will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Clinical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Durham (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (14 percent lower) and Philadelphia (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Clinical Research
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$34,000

Regulatory Compliance
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Data Entry
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Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

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