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

Just under nine in ten of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $55,354 per year. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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)

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s in search of the best pay head to Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $69,254. Though pay is top-notch, compensation is curbed at $77K.
The lowest salaries can be found at Medpace, Inc.—median pay is $50,615—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $44K and only reaching $77K. Workers at Icon Clinical Research Inc and Quintiles, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $59,202 and $62,817, respectively.

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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$55,000
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Chicago
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New York
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Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis, where Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)s annually earn 24 percent, 19 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -10 percent in Cincinnati and -8 percent in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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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%