Clinical Research Assistant Salary

Clinical Research Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Assistants. Most Clinical Research Assistants survey respondents are women (76 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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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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. 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


Clinical Research Assistants will find the worst pay at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where the median salary crawls in at $34K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $47K, leaving little room for growth.

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 pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance. Those familiar with Clinical Research also tend to know Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Assistant

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Clinical Research Assistants. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,948

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Clinical Research Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Clinical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Nashville (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Durham (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (6 percent lower) and Providence (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Recruiting
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National Average
$35,000

Clinical Research
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

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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