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Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can expect wages of $57K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates making up 74 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$40,276 - $79,576
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$57K
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MEDIAN: $57,225
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$14.76 - $39.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,276 - $79,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,955  
Profit Sharing
$1,431 - $5,087  
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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$37,877 - $81,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 832
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $39.71  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $72.26  
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 - $5,955  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,431 - $5,087  
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).
)
$37,877 - $81,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Medpace, Inc., and Covance, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates. Salary cannot be beat at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, where median pay comes to $71K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $59K, and the higher end is not far away at $78K.

Employees at Medpace, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $51K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $44K and quickly nearing the top at only $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Clinical Research Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Austin and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent less).

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

Regulatory Compliance
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Clinical Research
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National Average
$56,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%