The national average salary for Clinical Research Associates is $62K annually; Inventiv Clinical Solutions pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $86K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Gilead Sciences, Inc., St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Parexel, where Clinical Research Associates typically earn around $84K, $79K, or $76K, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $61,933
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,671 - $88,470  
   
Bonus
$10.00 - $9,646  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $7,023  
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$39,479 - $90,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,096
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$14.32 - $45.87  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $51.06  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$10.00 - $9,646  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $7,023  
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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$39,479 - $90,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225

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Job Description for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Clinical research associates (CRA) are responsible for assisting in the clinical research process, providing advanced technical expertise in steps such as handling supplies, ordering tests, and collecting results, presenting specific research information to the public, and a variety of administrative tasks. CRAs must follow strict privacy and safety regulations to prevent problems with subjects and ethical concerns; they must also be organized and pay close attention to detail when conducting research using investigative methods in clinical or healthcare settings.

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Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • 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.

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Clinical Research Associates' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Clinical Trial Manager. The average Clinical Trial Manager brings home $97K per year. Career advancement for the typical Clinical Research Associate often leads to becoming a Senior Clinical Research Associate or a Clinical Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $30K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Clinical Research Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with monitoring and Oncology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Analysis and Project Management. Skill sets containing Regulatory Compliance also tend to include Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

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


Clinical Research Associates do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. Clinical Research Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,464

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For Clinical Research Associates, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+20 percent), Miami (+19 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in Houston and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA)?

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Lincoln:
"CRA for a Staffing Agency."
Pros: I got to work with good people, for and with companies with a strong commitment to ethical behavior.
Cons: I was underpaid and under-appreciated. Because I was working for a staffing agency, I was basically treated as a second-class citizen at the client site.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Minneapolis:
"Poor culture, office is crammed, top-level unqualified."
Pros: The Clinical position is located in Arden Hills, MN. The supervising manager is located in NC. There is a lot of latitude in performing your job as this is definitely one where micro-managing is not conducive. However, if you require a lot of guidance, this position would not be a good fit. The supervising manager expects the staff to be self-starters and if they don't deliver, many contractors have lost their position this way. Clinical research efforts are mainly a marketing vehicle to stimulate new sales or trials for the product. This company is easily accessible from my home. I am able to compensate some personal time as a result of my work travel. I have been deliberate in voicing what I want and the direction of my career. I've explained that I want to participate on core teams and work on project management or even compliance tasks. No change in my responsibilities. No considerations given. Many higher-ups are very exclusive and only travel together to bond.
Cons: The company culture is lacking. The management does not seem interested in developing their current talent. Either this is the case, or they are not invested in the long term future as the nature of the company has been to "sell the company in 3-5 years" since establishing MN location on 2009. Management has been quoted as saying, "what we do next after this" to lead one to believe the company is temporary. Top level managers (VPs) remotely manage their departments, currently located in the Arden Hills office, as they have consistently stated they will not move to Minnesota. The result is the staff are left to their own devices usually to tackle highest priorities for each unfinished project and then jump to another unfinished project tackling only the highest priority to address pressing deadlines. The culture is slow to embrace change. There are many individuals who say that "that's how we've always done things" or "that was how we used to do it when X used to work here."

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Key Stats for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.
056
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries




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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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