Clinical Research Scientist Salary

For Clinical Research Scientists, annual average wages total $87K per year. Geography and career length 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 majority. The majority of Clinical Research Scientists (60 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,487 - $129,161
MEDIAN: $87,459

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$49,487 - $129,161  
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$48,265 - $145,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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Job Description for Clinical Research Scientist

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

Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $78K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $99K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $103K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $90K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%