Clinical Research Director Salary

Salaries for Clinical Research Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($108K) per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Clinical Research Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Research Directors. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,374 - $175,494
$63K
$110K
$180K
MEDIAN: $107,558
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$22.60 - $40.69
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MEDIAN: $31.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$63,374 - $175,494  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $48,339  
Profit Sharing
$3,350  
Total Pay (?
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$62,184 - $202,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$31.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,014 - $48,339  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,350  
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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$62,184 - $202,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional and safety standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Directs the research staff in effective and efficient use of equipment, supplies and budget allocation.
  • Plan and direct the clinical research program.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.

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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $79K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $105K. Clinical Research Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $115K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $146K.

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Key Stats for Clinical Research Director

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$110,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼28%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲5%

National Average
$110,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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