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Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salary (United States)

Just below three-fifths of Regulatory Affairs Specialists report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $61K annually on average. In the world of Regulatory Affairs Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $88K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Regulatory Affairs Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 725
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$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  
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 who go on to become Regulatory Affairs Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Regulatory Affairs Directors is $120K annually. Regulatory Affairs Managers or Regulatory Affairs Associate Directors are common next-step roles for Regulatory Affairs Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Regulatory Affairs Managers is $29K higher on average, and it's $55K higher for Regulatory Affairs Associate Directors.

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Popular Skills for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Regulatory Affairs Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who are competent in Medical Devices, Regulatory Compliance, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control will get paid more than those who are unfamiliar with these skills: 14 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be skilled in Regulatory Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Regulatory Affairs Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $58K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $64K on average. For Regulatory Affairs Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $82K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Boston
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National Average
$61,000
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Minneapolis
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Regulatory Affairs Specialists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. San Diego, Boston, Memphis, and Seattle also offer top salaries for Regulatory Affairs Specialists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 17 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 2 percent more, respectively. Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (18 percent lower) and Cleveland (16 percent lower).

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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Highly satisfied
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%