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Clinical Research Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Clinical Research Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $31K and $54K, respectively — total cash payment to Clinical Research Directors can bottom out near $62K or peak near $202K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Clinical Research Directors is high. Most Clinical Research Directors survey respondents are women (73 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,036 - $178,304
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$61K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $102,788
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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
$61,036 - $178,304  
   
Bonus
$20.27 - $30,794  
Profit Sharing
$9.21 - $53,829  
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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$61,774 - $201,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$21.30 - $150.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$20.27 - $30,794  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.21 - $53,829  
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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$61,774 - $201,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.


For many Clinical Research Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $71K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $94K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $128K on average. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $132K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$105,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%