Clinical Research Director Salary

Salaries for Clinical Research Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. In the world of Clinical Research Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $36K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $43K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $63K and $201K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Clinical Research Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Clinical Research Directors survey respondents are women (71 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,923 - $176,805

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$21.22 - $92.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,923 - $176,805  
   
Bonus
$12.16 - $35,527  
Profit Sharing
$1,255 - $42,500  
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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$62,935 - $200,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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Hourly Rate
$21.22 - $92.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$12.16 - $35,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,255 - $42,500  
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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$62,935 - $200,583  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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.


For many Clinical Research Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $72K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $97K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $126K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $137K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$108,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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