Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of Regulatory Affairs Specialists report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $60,873 per year. Compensation starts at $39,540 and can reach $88,143 per year. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $41,906 and peaks near $84,240, incorporates potential for more than $8,287 from bonuses and close to $5,017 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn vision coverage. The majority of Regulatory Affairs Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salary (?
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$41,906 - $84,240
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MEDIAN: $61,467
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Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salary (?
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$14.76 - $32.00
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,906 - $84,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,287  
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $5,017  
Total Pay (?
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$39,540 - $88,143  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 725
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Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $32.00  
   
Overtime
$17.34 - $59.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,287  
   
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $5,017  
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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$39,540 - $88,143  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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Job Description for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

A regulatory affairs specialist assists in the implementation of international and domestic regulatory strategies. They help with the preparation, coordination, and compiling of applications to foreign and domestic regulatory agencies. Regulatory affairs specialist respond to common inquires from customers, members of the business community, and regulatory agencies. They are required to participate in customer complaint reviews to ensure global regulatory compliance and need to address all complaints and file all necessary paperwork.
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Regulatory Affairs Specialist Tasks
  • Conduct research to support regulatory submissions.
  • Prepare and submit documentation to regulatory agencies.
  • Ensure company compliance with all regulations and laws pertaining to company business.
  • Compile and maintain appropriate technical documents for regulatory submissions.

Common Career Paths for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Regulatory Affairs Specialists may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Regulatory Affairs Director may bring in a lot more money — an additional $59K annually. When Regulatory Affairs Specialists are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Regulatory Affairs Managers or Regulatory Affairs Associate Directors, where they can expect an additional $29K or $55K per year.

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Popular Skills for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Regulatory Affairs Specialists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Medical Devices, Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance / Quality Control abilities will see corresponding pay increases of 14 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent. Aptitude in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tends to also indicate an understanding of Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Regulatory Affairs Specialists with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $58K to $64K. Pay amounts to $69,778 after 10 to 20 years. Regulatory Affairs Specialists experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $82K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 13 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Boston
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Memphis
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Seattle
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National Average
$61,000
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Minneapolis
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Regulatory Affairs Specialists, 46 percent higher than the national average. Regulatory Affairs Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+17 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Memphis (+12 percent), and Seattle (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -18 percent and -16 percent, respectively.

Regulatory Affairs Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist?
Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Jacksonville:
"Pretty Good."
Pros: It's very challenging. I am always learning something new.
Cons: It can be very demanding at times.

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Experience Affects Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salaries

Medical Devices
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%
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