Clinical Research Specialist Salary

The average Clinical Research Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Research Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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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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 report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Clinical Research, and Regulatory Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $71K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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
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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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