Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

The average Senior Clinical Research Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $90K per year. In the world of Senior Clinical Research Associates, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $68K and $123K. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision insurance. Female Senior Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$64,922 - $110,783
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$65K
$90K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,481
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$24.75 - $90.45
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$25
$68
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MEDIAN: $67.00
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Salary
$64,922 - $110,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,208  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$67,703 - $122,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 861
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Hourly Rate
$24.75 - $90.45  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $111.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,208  
   
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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$67,703 - $122,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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 flock to Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Parexel International Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Parexel International Corp heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $99K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $41K to $185K. Also paying near the top of the field are Inventiv Health at $99K, Quintiles, Inc. at $97K, and Icon Clinical Research Inc, where Senior Clinical Research Associates annually earn $96K.

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $85K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $117K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers at PRA International, Quintiles Transnational Corp, and Icon Clinical Research Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $91K, $96K, and $96K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey results show that Senior Clinical Research Associates typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Most people skilled in Oncology are similarly competent in Cardiology and Project Management. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Senior Clinical Research Associates with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $82K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $92K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Clinical Research Associates, 7 percent above the national average. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+6 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (6 percent lower) and Minneapolis (5 percent lower).

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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
44%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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