Median pay for Clinical Research Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by years of experience and geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Female Clinical Research Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$15.87 - $34.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,729 - $83,296  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $5,644  
Total Pay (?
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$35,691 - $83,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.87 - $34.21  
   
Overtime
$30.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$293.61 - $5,644  
   
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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$35,691 - $83,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Research Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. Clinical Research Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $68K.

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 31%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Clinical Research Specialist Salaries


National Average
$52,000

Clinical Research
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Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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