Clinical Research Specialist Salary

An average Clinical Research Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Clinical Research Specialists (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,045 - $80,761
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$33K
$53K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,450
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$14.94 - $30.23
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,045 - $80,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
Total Pay (?
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$33,214 - $79,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $30.23  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $52.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
   
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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$33,214 - $79,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Clinical Research Specialist

Clinical research specialists help conduct research tasks in a clinical setting by providing expert advice and implementing different research methods on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of developing effective clinical research tasks in an efficient manner.

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Clinical Research Specialist Tasks

  • Coordinate multiple simultaneous research projects and ensure quality and consistency in testing and reporting across disciplines.
  • Analyze results and issue reports to update leadership on progress in a timely manner.
  • Provide clinical research expertise by participating in the design and implementation of research projects.

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Clinical Research Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Project Management and Clinical Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Clinical Research tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Specialist

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


For many Clinical Research Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $46K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $53K. Clinical Research Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $72K on average.

Clinical Research Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Clinical Research Specialist?

Clinical Research Specialist in Atlanta:
"Boring, Underpaid Position In A Field That Was Over-Hyped."
Pros: Research is a field that helps society.
Cons: You do the same thing every day in a box with the same five people who are usually much older for a very small amount of money. A monkey could do this job.

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Experience Affects Clinical Research Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Specialist Salaries


Clinical Research
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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