Clinical Research Specialist Salary
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.Read More...
These individuals have strong communication skills and use a personal computer to keep efficient records for future reference. They attend clinical meetings to suggest new ways to conduct research projects. They follow strict safety and privacy guidelines to prevent accidents and invasion of personal privacy for research participants. Clinical research specialists inform participants of their duties and benefits and respond to any feedback and complaints with great service. They also know how to process specimen information and input data into company databases. They work in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines by using their advanced multitasking skills in a variety of clinical research projects. They know how to complete administrative and application files. They work well with other specialists in a team environment to finish research duties within a given time-frame. However, they can also perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision. Clinical research specialists fill out forms, respect protocols, and adhere to consent forms as needed. They also provide support to research investigators and provide training to clinical research associates. They are familiar with clinical terminology and equipment operation. They are proficient with office applications to complete research reports, run calculations, and respond to research communications. They report their progress to the clinical research manager in their organization.
A high school diploma is necessary for this position. Previous years of work experience in a clinical research capacity can be helpful. Industry certifications are a plus.
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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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.