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Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Clinical Research Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $37K annually. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Clinical Research Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (75 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,621 - $50,564
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,433
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$11.48 - $20.59
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,621 - $50,564  
   
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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$25,336 - $49,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $20.59  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $30.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$25,336 - $49,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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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. It is quite typical for Clinical Research Assistants to transition into roles as Clinical Research Coordinators or Clinical Research Coordinators, where reported median earnings are $10K and $7K higher per year.

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. 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 educated in Clinical Research tend to be well versed in Data Analysis.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Research Assistants, Palo Alto provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Clinical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Durham (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Columbus and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Data Analysis
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National Average
$34,000

Clinical Research
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Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
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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