Median pay for Regulatory Affairs Specialists in the United States is around $63K annually. In the world of Regulatory Affairs Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $46K and $91K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Regulatory Affairs Specialists is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Regulatory Affairs Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,118 - $86,346
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MEDIAN: $63,444
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$17.15 - $48.18
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,118 - $86,346  
   
Bonus
$491.32 - $7,879  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $15,847  
Total Pay (?
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$45,953 - $90,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.15 - $48.18  
   
Overtime
$24.08 - $40.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$491.32 - $7,879  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $15,847  
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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$45,953 - $90,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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There are some Regulatory Affairs Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Regulatory Affairs Directors, where earnings are an average $126K annually. The most common next step for a Regulatory Affairs Specialist is to become a Regulatory Affairs Manager or a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist. The former position pays an additional $30K per year on average, and the latter position pays $23K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Regulatory Affairs Specialist


The biggest paychecks can be found at Abbott Laboratories — the median salary there is $86K.

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 seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people experienced in 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $62K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Regulatory Affairs Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,153

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Irvine offers some of the highest pay in the country for Regulatory Affairs Specialists, 25 percent above the national average. Regulatory Affairs Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Regulatory Affairs Specialist's salary, with St. Louis Regulatory Affairs Specialists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Seattle and 6 percent less in St. Paul, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Regulatory Affairs Specialist Salaries

Medical Devices
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$64,000

Project Management
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Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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