Clinical Research Specialist Salary

Earnings for Clinical Research Specialists in the United States come in at around $54K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Clinical Research Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Clinical Research Specialists is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,074 - $81,322

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$15.03 - $30.67

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,074 - $81,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
Total Pay (?
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$33,106 - $81,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $30.67  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $40.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
   
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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$33,106 - $81,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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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Typical Clinical Research Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Clinical Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Clinical Research and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $46K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $72K.

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 3%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Clinical Research Specialist Salaries



National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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