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Clinical Research Assistant Salary (United States)

Just under nine-tenths of Clinical Research Assistants are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $36K annually. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Men working as Clinical Research Assistants are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 74 percent of workers. Most Clinical Research Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Clinical Research Assistant Salary (?
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$27,858 - $50,038
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MEDIAN: $36,266
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Clinical Research Assistant Salary (?
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$11.01 - $20.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,858 - $50,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
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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$24,997 - $48,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 433
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$0$11$22$33
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$11.01 - $20.50  
   
Overtime
$13.84 - $31.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$24,997 - $48,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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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Though some Clinical Research Assistants move into positions like Clinical Research Associate (where the average salary is $54K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $8K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Assistant

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $42K. Salaries are easily beat at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where median pay comes to just $33K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $29K and ending at $46K, range in salary is rather small. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Assistant

Job skills reported by Clinical Research Assistants are limited. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Clinical Research, Data Entry, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. For most people, competency in Clinical Research indicates knowledge of Data Analysis.

Pay Difference By Location

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$34,000
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Clinical Research Assistants will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Clinical Research Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Durham (+8 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (12 percent lower) and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

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$34,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Data Analysis
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$34,000
Data Entry
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Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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