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

Annual wages for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates typically come in around $56K per year. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men working as Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 76 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale 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  
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  
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)

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc pays the most with a median salary of $69K, though there is little variation overall ($59K to $76K).
Salaries are easily beat at Medpace, Inc., where median pay comes to just $51K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $44K and ending at $72K, range in salary is rather small. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is Icon Clinical Research Inc.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Dallas
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Minneapolis
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San Diego
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National Average
$55,000
Princeton
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Chicago
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New York
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Seattle
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Cincinnati
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Los Angeles
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For Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+24 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Seattle (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).
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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%