Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than three-quarters of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $55,354 per year. Location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 76 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$40,038 - $78,385
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MEDIAN: $56,105
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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$13.45 - $39.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,038 - $78,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,971  
Profit Sharing
$1,481 - $4,913  
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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$37,214 - $80,218  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 837
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $39.57  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $56.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,971  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,481 - $4,913  
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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$37,214 - $80,218  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Although Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the highest salaries in town—median pay is $69,254—workers can only make as much as $77K and scope of pay is rather limited.
Medpace, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $50,615—not to mention workers can only make as much as $77K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Icon Clinical Research Inc ($59,202) and Quintiles, Inc. ($62,817).

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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$55,000
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Chicago
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For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis, top-paying markets where Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s rake in more than the national norm (+24 percent, +19 percent, +16 percent, and +14 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Cincinnati and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -10 percent and -8 percent, respectively.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$55,000
Project Management
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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