Clinical Research Director Salary

Compensation for Clinical Research Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($106K). In the world of Clinical Research Directors, overall income ranges from $63K near the bottom to $203K at the top; this can include more than $39K from bonuses and more than $46K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Female Clinical Research Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$61,617 - $178,272
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$62K
$110K
$180K
MEDIAN: $105,851
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$21.30 - $150.00
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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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$62,791 - $202,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.30 - $150.00  
   
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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$62,791 - $202,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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.


For many Clinical Research Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $97K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $127K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $142K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$109,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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