Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States take home an average $92K per year. In the world of Senior Clinical Research Associates, total cash compensation can vary between $69K and $127K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $7K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career duration and geography. Most Senior Clinical Research Associates survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Senior Clinical Research Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$65,387 - $113,814
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MEDIAN: $92,319
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$45.40 - $88.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,387 - $113,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $7,167  
Total Pay (?
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$68,689 - $126,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 955
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Hourly Rate
$45.40 - $88.59  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $111.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $7,167  
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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$68,689 - $126,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


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For Senior Clinical Research Associates, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Clinical Research Associates earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Clinical Trial Manager. Many Senior Clinical Research Associates choose to become Clinical Operations Managers and Clinical Project Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $24K less and $9K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are among the top companies that take on many Senior Clinical Research Associates. Those at Parexel can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $121K. Other big spenders include Quintiles, Inc., Inventiv Health, and Covance, Inc, top-paying firms where Senior Clinical Research Associates see paychecks nearing $103K, $103K, or $102K.

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $91K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $119K and scope of pay is rather limited. Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles Transnational Corp and PRA International are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $96K, $97K, and $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey results suggest that Senior Clinical Research Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skill sets containing Oncology also tend to include Cardiology and Project Management. Those educated in Clinical Research tend to be well versed in Project Management and Cardiology.

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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $85K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $93K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $106K. Senior Clinical Research Associates with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,159

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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Clinical Research Associates, 9 percent higher than the national average. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Austin (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh. Workers in Minneapolis and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$96,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



Project Management
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National Average
$96,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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