Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, yearly average wages total $60K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,203 - $81,851
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,640
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$15.12 - $40.43
(Median)
$15
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,203 - $81,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,936  
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
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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$39,204 - $83,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,016
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $40.43  
   
Overtime
$3.00 - $48.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,024  
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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$39,204 - $83,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Medpace, Inc., Covance, Inc, Quintiles, Inc., and Icon Clinical Research Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates flock to Covance, Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $69K lead the pack in compensation; however, Covance, Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $44K at one end to $87K at the other end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,243

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

For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+3 percent), and Raleigh (+2 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Cincinnati and New York (12 percent lower).

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.

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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Oncology
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$59,000

Regulatory Compliance
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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