Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (United States)

A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) earns an average salary of $58,535 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. A skill in Oncology is associated with high pay for this job.
Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$40,612 - $82,145
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MEDIAN: $58,534
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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$14.67 - $47.18
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,612 - $82,145  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,193  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $6,510  
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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$38,381 - $85,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,054
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $47.18  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $57.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $6,510  
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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$38,381 - $85,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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Job Description for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Clinical Research Associates (CRA) serve a major role in the development of medicine. They are employees of pharmaceutical companies, and they work with a wide range of people in different positions. Without CRAs, pharmaceutical companies would have a difficult time ever having a new medicine researched and approved for sale on the market.
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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks
  • Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.
  • Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
  • Prepare and analyze organ, tissue and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms, or to study cell structure.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Philadelphia
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Oncology
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Clinical Research
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$58,000
Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%