Clinical Research Specialist Salary

Average Clinical Research Specialists in the United States make around $54K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,138 - $80,581
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$34K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,299
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$15.17 - $31.73
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$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,138 - $80,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,105  
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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$33,787 - $79,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $31.73  
   
Overtime
$29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,105  
   
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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$33,787 - $79,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Project Management, Clinical Research, and Regulatory Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Clinical Research and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Specialist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Clinical Research Specialists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Clinical Research Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

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 38%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Specialist Salaries


Clinical Research
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National Average
$51,000

Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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