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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates take home an average $58K per year. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,159 - $80,868
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,441
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$14.89 - $40.79
(Median)
$15
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,159 - $80,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,003  
Profit Sharing
$1,431 - $6,706  
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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$37,703 - $82,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 861
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $40.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,431 - $6,706  
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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$37,703 - $82,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Dominating the field, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Covance, Inc, and Medpace, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Although Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $70K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $57K to $77K.

Pay for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates is the lowest at Medpace, Inc., which has a median salary of $55K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+26 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. On the whole, employers pay 11 percent below the median salary for those in this field in New York and Chicago.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Oncology
up arrow 24%

Regulatory Compliance
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Clinical Research
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Project Management
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National Average
$58,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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