Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Late-career Senior Clinical Research Associates pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $111K, much more than the $91K per year national average for others in this area of work. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $82K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $93K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $104K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $111K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,043 - $111,716
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MEDIAN: $91,215
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$66,043 - $111,716  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,104  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
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$68,716 - $124,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 894
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$30.59 - $90.30  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $110.49  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,104  
   
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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$68,716 - $124,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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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As Senior Clinical Research Associates make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Clinical Trial Manager position pays around the same amount as the Senior Clinical Research Associate job on average. 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 $8K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Clinical Research Associates, Quintiles Transnational Corp, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are leading firms in the industry. Salary cannot be beat at Inventiv Health, where median pay comes to $101K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $81K, and the higher end is not far away at $118K. Parexel International Corp, Quintiles Transnational Corp, and Quintiles, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Clinical Research Associates earning around $100K, $97K, or $97K at each firm, respectively.

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the least pay with a median salary of $89K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $119K. PRA International, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and Quintiles, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $94K, $96K, and $97K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey takers who work as Senior Clinical Research Associates usually report a few specific skills. 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 7 percent. Skill sets containing Oncology also tend to include Cardiology and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Clinical Research are 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Atlanta 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 Philadelphia (+7 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (5 percent lower) and Houston (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$95,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



Project Management
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National Average
$95,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
36%
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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