Clinical Research Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Clinical Research Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $107K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $40K and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Clinical Research Directors can bottom out near $63K or peak near $204K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Directors. Female Clinical Research Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,150 - $182,545
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$180K
MEDIAN: $106,926
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$20.86 - $92.94
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$93
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$63,150 - $182,545  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $40,268  
Profit Sharing
$8.93 - $30,201  
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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$62,756 - $204,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$20.86 - $92.94  
   
Overtime
$74.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $40,268  
   
Profit Sharing
$8.93 - $30,201  
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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$62,756 - $204,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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 median compensation for relatively untried workers is $73K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $96K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $128K on average. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $135K on average.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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