Average Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make around $60K annually. The particular firm 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 74 percent. For the most part, Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,766 - $82,406
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$41K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,935
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$13.68 - $39.17
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,766 - $82,406  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $7,709  
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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$38,319 - $84,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 825
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $39.17  
   
Overtime
$11.72 - $40.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$200.00 - $7,709  
   
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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$38,319 - $84,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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Dominating the field, Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Covance, Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates flock to Quintiles Transnational Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $73K lead the pack in compensation; however, Quintiles Transnational Corp also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $61K at one end to $115K at the other end. Soaring salaries can also be found at PRA International, Quintiles, Inc., and Covance, Inc, where earnings of $71K, $68K, or $68K are standard for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates.

Medpace, Inc., Parexel International Corp, and Icon Clinical Research Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($51K, $57K, and $60K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,366

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For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Raleigh (+8 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Houston and Princeton are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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