Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $100K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most Senior Clinical Research Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Senior Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$69,745 - $120,960
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MEDIAN: $99,870
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$27.40 - $88.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,745 - $120,960  
   
Bonus
$1,530 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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$70,647 - $135,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 547
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$27.40 - $88.62  
   
Overtime
$27.51  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,530 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$70,647 - $135,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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

  • 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.
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease.
  • 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.

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Senior Clinical Research Associates' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Clinical Trial Manager. Median pay for Clinical Trial Managers is $97K. Senior Clinical Research Associates most often move into Clinical Operations Manager or Clinical Project Manager roles. However, the former pays $30K less on average, and the latter pays $16K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates flock to Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Covance, Inc, and Quintiles Transnational Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Parexel offers the largest salaries in town — $121K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Covance, Inc, Johnson & Johnson, and PRA International, where Senior Clinical Research Associates typically earn around $119K, $117K, or $117K, respectively.

For Senior Clinical Research Associates, below-average salaries can be found at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $94K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($60K versus $118K) is great. Inc. Research, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc and Parexel International Corp are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $95K, $96K, and $101K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Senior Clinical Research Associates report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Oncology, Cardiology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Clinical Research also tend to know Project Management and Cardiology.

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

Pay by Experience for a Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 138 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 263 salaries. An experienced Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 262 salaries. A Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,051

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With a pay rate for Senior Clinical Research Associates that is 14 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+7 percent) and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Clinical Research Associates in New York earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$103,000

▼3%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲6%

▲3%

▲3%


National Average
$103,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 10%
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