Median pay for Regulatory Affairs Specialists in the United States is around $64K annually. Total cash compensation to Regulatory Affairs Specialists approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $16K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Regulatory Affairs Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,228 - $86,671
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MEDIAN: $64,083
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$16.37 - $41.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,228 - $86,671  
   
Bonus
$508 - $8,128  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $15,954  
Total Pay (?
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$45,380 - $91,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 544
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.37 - $41.22  
   
Overtime
$21.78 - $40.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$508 - $8,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $15,954  
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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$45,380 - $91,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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

  • Ensure company compliance with all regulations and laws pertaining to company business.
  • Compile and maintain appropriate technical documents for regulatory submissions.
  • Conduct research to support regulatory submissions.
  • Prepare and submit documentation to regulatory agencies.

Common Career Paths for Regulatory Affairs Specialist


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Regulatory Affairs Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Regulatory Affairs Directors. That role pays $126K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Regulatory Affairs Specialist often leads to becoming a Regulatory Affairs Manager or a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $30K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Regulatory Affairs Specialist


Abbott Laboratories offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $86K.

For Regulatory Affairs Specialists, below-average salaries can be found at Stryker Corp.; in fact, average earnings are around $60K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($44K versus $95K) is great.

Popular Skills for Regulatory Affairs Specialist


Regulatory Affairs Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medical Devices, Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also know Medical Devices.

Pay by Experience Level for Regulatory Affairs 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $62K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $71K on average. Regulatory Affairs Specialists bring in $72K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $84K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,668

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For those looking to make money, Regulatory Affairs Specialists in Irvine enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Regulatory Affairs Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), Boston (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). Regulatory Affairs Specialists in Seattle earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Paul and Cleveland (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Regulatory Affairs Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salaries

Medical Devices
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Regulatory Compliance
0%

National Average
$65,000



Technical Writing
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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