Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can expect to earn an average of $60K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,493 - $82,280
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$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,561
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$13.89 - $34.60
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$0$83K
Salary $40,493 - $82,280
Bonus $100.00 - $8,770
Profit Sharing $1,100
Total Pay (?
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$38,027 - $83,911
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 838
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $13.89 - $34.60
Overtime $8.49 - $42.88
Annual Data $0$83K
Bonus $100.00 - $8,770
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$38,027 - $83,911
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 200

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Medpace, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Covance, Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are all popular places to work. Employees of PRA International can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $76K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $37K to $97K. Quintiles Transnational Corp, Covance, Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates earning around $73K, $69K, or $69K at each firm, respectively.

Medpace, Inc., Parexel International Corp, and Icon Clinical Research Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $51K, $58K, and $60K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,644

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

Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Raleigh (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Clinical Research Associate's salary, with Philadelphia Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Houston (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 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 94 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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