Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates pull down an average of $60K per year. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,901 - $82,138
$41K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,036
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$13.75 - $37.41
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MEDIAN: $20.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,901 - $82,138  
   
Bonus
$175.00 - $8,090  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
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$38,469 - $84,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 800
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $37.41  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$175.00 - $8,090  
   
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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$38,469 - $84,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates include Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Covance, Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International. PRA International does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $76K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $37K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $97K. Quintiles Transnational Corp, Covance, Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $73K, $69K, and $69K, respectively.

Employees at Medpace, Inc., Parexel International Corp, and Icon Clinical Research Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $51K, $58K, and $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,288

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, 22 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Raleigh (+8 percent). Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Cincinnati and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Advice

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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 79 votes.
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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%