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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates take home approximately $58K per year on average. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates survey respondents are women (73 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,992 - $80,658
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,661
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$14.82 - $40.62
(Median)
$15
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,992 - $80,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,986  
Profit Sharing
$928 - $5,800  
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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$37,740 - $82,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 854
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $40.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,986  
   
Profit Sharing
$928 - $5,800  
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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$37,740 - $82,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Covance, Inc, and Medpace, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Pay for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates is best at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, which offers a median salary of $71K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $57K to $77K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $45K to just $72K — but Medpace, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is New York. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin and Chicago (10 percent lower).

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

Oncology
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Regulatory Compliance
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$57,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

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