Average Clinical Research Scientists in the United States make around $83K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Clinical Research Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

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MEDIAN: $83,297
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,369 - $124,890  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $18,548  
Total Pay (?
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$37,440 - $132,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.00  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$484.79 - $18,548  
   
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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$37,440 - $132,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for Clinical Research Scientist

Clinical research scientists work primarily in pharmaceutical companies’ laboratories, college/university research labs, and hospitals, and employers generally require candidates to have a master’s degree in medicine or biological sciences. Clinical research scientists primarily conduct scientific research and clinical investigations of various diseases in order to identify health conditions and assist physicians in determining accurate diagnoses.

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Clinical Research Scientist Tasks

  • Spearhead and develop new research endeavors.
  • Analyze, test, and report clinical data and results.
  • Support and assist with all clinical studies and research.
  • Provide customer and staff support with clear communication of data.

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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $82K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $85K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $110K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $100K.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Scientist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Scientist Salaries


Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$86,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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