Clinical Research Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Clinical Research Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. In the world of Clinical Research Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $63K and $203K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $39K and $46K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Clinical Research Directors survey respondents are women (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,617 - $178,272
(Median)
$62K
$110K
$180K
MEDIAN: $105,851
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$21.38 - $148.99
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$21
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,617 - $178,272  
   
Bonus
$12.08 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $46,369  
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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$62,839 - $202,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.38 - $148.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$12.08 - $38,783  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $46,369  
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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$62,839 - $202,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Clinical Research Director

A clinical research director oversees all clinical research within their organization. They perform a number of tasks, such as overseeing all research staff, developing and enforcing standards related to safety and quality, providing guidance for day-to-day research activities, and communicating with other teams within the organization as necessary. The clinical research director must have a high level of knowledge in their respective field to effectively lead and communicate with members of the research staff; however, they should also be able to effectively communicate with non-technical personnel within their organization. The director must enforce all organizational rules and ensure staff members adhere to scientific best practices and ethical standards; they also oversee the quality of work, making sure it is accurate and up to organizational standards.

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Clinical Research Director Tasks

  • Plan and direct the clinical research program.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Directs the research staff in effective and efficient use of equipment, supplies and budget allocation.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional and safety standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Clinical Research Directors. The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $127K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $142K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$108,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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