Clinical Research Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses which peak near $3K, total cash payment to Clinical Research Assistants can bottom out near $27K or peak near $50K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most Clinical Research Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (77 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $38,798
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,629 - $51,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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$27,276 - $49,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 307
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$0$13$26$39
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$12.65 - $21.08  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $37.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$27,276 - $49,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 306

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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

  • Support clinical research, including recruitment, scheduling, patient care, and transportation.
  • Set up and maintain experimental or clinical equipment.
  • Process, document, and analyze results of laboratory tests or experiments.
  • Write, update, and maintain study documentation and reports.
  • Enter and verify data, including adverse events and patient compliance, to create reports.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Research Assistant


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While not commonly seen, Clinical Research Assistants who transition into a Clinical Research Associate position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Clinical Research Associates is $56K 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 $9K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant


Many Clinical Research Assistants can be found at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Radiant Research Incorporated, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $46K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant


Survey results imply that Clinical Research Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Data Management, Project Coordinating, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. Most people experienced in 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.


Clinical Research Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Clinical Research Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Clinical Research Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,918

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Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Research Assistants, 24 percent above the national average. Clinical Research Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+23 percent), Nashville (+13 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (15 percent lower) and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Clinical Research Assistant

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Data Management
up arrow 21%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 15%

Research Analysis
up arrow 14%

Data Collection
up arrow 4%

Recruiting
up arrow 3%

Clinical Research
0%

Phlebotomy
0%

National Average
$36,000



Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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