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Clinical Research Director Salary

Salaries for Clinical Research Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. In the world of Clinical Research Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $62K and $202K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $50K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Clinical Research Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Directors making up 71 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,213 - $179,108
(Median)
$61K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $103,390
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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
$61,213 - $179,108  
   
Bonus
$11.92 - $30,979  
Profit Sharing
$1,255 - $50,000  
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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$61,967 - $202,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.30 - $150.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.49  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$11.92 - $30,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,255 - $50,000  
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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$61,967 - $202,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.


Clinical Research Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $95K. 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. Clinical Research Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $137K on average.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$106,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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