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Clinical Research Director Salary

Average pay for a Clinical Research Director in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. Total cash compensation for Clinical Research Directors runs from $61K to $200K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $32K and profit sharing that can reach almost $53K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Clinical Research Directors making up 73 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$60,036 - $174,112
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$60K
$100K
$170K
MEDIAN: $100,120
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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
$60,036 - $174,112  
   
Bonus
$110.00 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,576 - $53,327  
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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$61,499 - $200,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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
$110.00 - $32,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,576 - $53,327  
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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$61,499 - $200,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $71K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $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 $129K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $123K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%