Clinical Research Director Salary

Clinical Research Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $107K annually. Cash earnings for Clinical Research Directors — which occasionally include more than $40K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing — stretch from around $63K to approximately $204K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Clinical Research Directors survey respondents are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction for Clinical Research Directors is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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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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.


Clinical Research Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $73K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $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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