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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (United States)

Clinical Research Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $59K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Clinical Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Associates making up 76 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$40,906 - $83,035
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MEDIAN: $59,341
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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$15.21 - $48.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,906 - $83,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,137  
Profit Sharing
$1,228 - $5,098  
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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$39,067 - $86,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,046
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $48.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,228 - $5,098  
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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$39,067 - $86,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Clinical Research Associates include Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Medpace, Inc., and PRA International. St. Jude Medical, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $81K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider PRA International, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, and Quintiles Transnational Corp, top-paying firms where Clinical Research Associates rake in a comfortable $72K, $70K, or $69K, respectively.
Clinical Research Associates will find the worst pay at Medpace, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $53K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $70K, leaving little room for growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Icon Clinical Research Inc ($61K), Quintiles, Inc. ($63K), and Covance, Inc ($65K).

Popular Skills for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Survey results suggest that Clinical Research Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Oncology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. A tool kit that includes Regulatory Compliance also typically contains Project Management and Data Analysis. Those familiar with Clinical Research also tend to know Data Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Clinical Research Associates, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $56K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. Clinical Research Associates who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Clinical Research Associates that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (12 percent lower) and Chicago (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$59,000

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
$59,000
Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%