Clinical Research Specialist Salary

For Clinical Research Specialists, annual average wages total $54K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 vast majority of Clinical Research Specialists (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,987 - $80,921
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MEDIAN: $53,764
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,987 - $80,921  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,072  
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$33,012 - $79,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $30.17  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $52.15  
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$0.00 - $5,072  
   
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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$33,012 - $79,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Project Management and Clinical Research are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $46K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Clinical Research Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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
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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

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
41%
5-9 years
31%
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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