Clinical Research Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $108K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $49K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Clinical Research Directors can bottom out near $64K or peak near $203K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Clinical Research Directors who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,475 - $193,265
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$64K
$110K
$190K
MEDIAN: $108,166
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$64,475 - $193,265  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $49,035  
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $19,866  
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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$64,063 - $203,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$28.49  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,939 - $49,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $19,866  
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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$64,063 - $203,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Clinical Research Directors. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $77K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $85K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $116K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $135K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$110,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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