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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

For Senior Clinical Research Associates, annual average wages total $91K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Clinical Research Associates range from $68K on the low end to $123K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Clinical Research Associates making up 79 percent. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,991 - $111,075
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$65K
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MEDIAN: $90,862
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$25.17 - $89.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,991 - $111,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,181  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$67,977 - $123,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 879
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Hourly Rate
$25.17 - $89.72  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $111.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,181  
   
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
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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$67,977 - $123,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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Job Description for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Senior clinical research associates (CRAs) handle the day-to-day operations of the clinical investigative phase of drug development. They are in charge of laboratory and research duties to reach all the organizational objectives. They need to have strong analytical aptitudes and pay strict attention to detail during all clinical research. They also handle experiment inquiries and take assessment notes on a frequent basis. Most senior clinical research associates are in charge of keeping investigative reports and providing project communications.

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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks

  • Investigate cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites.
  • Evaluate effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
  • Prepare and analyze organ, tissue and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms, or to study cell structure.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates fill the offices of leading firms Quintiles Transnational Corp, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Parexel International Corp. Although the highest salaries can be found at Inventiv Health where median pay is $101K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $81K and $118K. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries at Parexel International Corp (+$100K), Quintiles Transnational Corp (+$97K), and Quintiles, Inc. (+$97K).

Employees at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc take home the smallest paychecks, and $86K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $75K and quickly nearing the top at only $117K. PRA International, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($92K, $96K, and $97K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Cardiology. Most people skilled in Oncology are similarly competent in Cardiology and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Clinical Research Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $82K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $92K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $104K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Clinical Research Associates will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 7 percent. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+3 percent). In Austin, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Dallas (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$94,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries




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$94,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%
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