The average Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate can expect to rake in roughly $60K annually. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates making up 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,709 - $81,989
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$13.50 - $38.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,709 - $81,989  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$38,333 - $83,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 835
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $38.26  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$150.00 - $8,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$38,333 - $83,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates fill the offices of leading firms Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Covance, Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International. PRA International offers the largest salaries in town ($76K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $37K to $97K. Also paying near the top of the field are Quintiles Transnational Corp at $73K, Covance, Inc at $71K, and Quintiles, Inc., where Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates annually earn $69K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Medpace, Inc. ($51K), Parexel International Corp ($58K), and Icon Clinical Research Inc ($60K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,336

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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Raleigh (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates is geography, with workers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (15 percent lower) and Houston (11 percent lower).

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in Minneapolis:
"Keep up with the industry and you will succeed."
Keep up with the therapeutic knowledge and industry standards. FDA, ISO, medical device and other local laws and regulations.

Key Stats for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
10%
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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

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