Drug Safety Specialist Salary
Drug Safety Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $72K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Drug Safety Specialists (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Drug Safety Specialists are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Job Description for Drug Safety Specialist
A drug safety specialist provides support for their organization related to drug safety. They are often responsible for creating and modifying medical reports to send to Food and Drug Administration, and these specialists may also help track drugs (including where they are shipped), perform auditing duties and provide demonstrations on safety regulations. Other duties the drug safety specialist may perform include reviewing information on serious adverse events and facilitating discussions as necessary on these events with health care workers and other relevant professionals, as well as determining reporting requirements on serious adverse events and preparing reports as needed. Drug safety specialists must help their organization maintain up-to-date databases on drug safety that are both relevant and easy to use, as well as work efficiently to meet all relevant deadlines.Read More...
This position generally requires at least a bachelor's degree in a healthcare-related field, although a more advanced degree may be preferred. Relevant drug safety experience is generally required or preferred as well. Drug safety specialists should have good communication and interpersonal skills, as well as be proficient with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite and be able to work well on their own with minimal supervision.
Drug Safety Specialist Tasks
- Read, assess and organize all reports of adverse events.
- Update and edit reports and databases or systems as needed.
- Complete follow-up, research cases.
- Enter data into databases and systems, create initial reports.
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Pay by Experience Level for Drug Safety Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $69K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $86K. Drug Safety Specialists see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $65K.