Clinical Research Specialist Salary

Median pay for Clinical Research Specialists in the United States is around $55K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,624 - $82,503
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MEDIAN: $54,855
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$16.10 - $34.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,624 - $82,503  
   
Bonus
$255.32 - $5,872  
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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$35,932 - $82,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.10 - $34.21  
   
Overtime
$29.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$255.32 - $5,872  
   
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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$35,932 - $82,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Research Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Research Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 97 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Research Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 37 salaries. An experienced Clinical Research Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 25 salaries. A Clinical Research Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,905

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Northridge offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Research Specialists, 21 percent above the national average. Clinical Research Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+9 percent) and Boston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (23 percent less) and Philadelphia (20 percent less).

Clinical Research Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Clinical Research Specialist

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Clinical Research Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

▲23%

▲13%

National Average
$52,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Specialist Salaries


National Average
$52,000


Regulatory Compliance
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 10%