Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

The national average salary for Senior Clinical Research Associates is $91K per year; by contrast, very senior professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $111K. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $82K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $93K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $104K. Senior Clinical Research Associates who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $111K on average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39.25 - $90.30

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$65,548 - $111,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $7,500  
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$68,372 - $124,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 905
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$39.25 - $90.30  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $111.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
   
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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$68,372 - $124,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Senior Clinical Research Associates may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Clinical Trial Manager. Clinical Trial Managers on average make about as much as Senior Clinical Research Associates do. Many Senior Clinical Research Associates go on to become Clinical Operations Managers or Clinical Project Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $24K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Quintiles Transnational Corp, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are all popular places to work. Employees at Inventiv Health enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $101K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $81K and higher ones not far away at only $118K. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries at Parexel International Corp (+$100K), Quintiles, Inc. (+$98K), and Quintiles Transnational Corp (+$97K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $75K to just $119K — but Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $89K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include PRA International ($94K), Icon Clinical Research Inc ($96K), and Quintiles Transnational Corp ($97K).

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Senior Clinical Research Associates who took the survey. 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. Most people experienced in Clinical Research also know Project Management and Cardiology. It is often found that people who know Oncology are also skilled 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.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Clinical Research Associates, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 7 percent greater than the national average. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+7 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of 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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Clinical Research
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National Average
$95,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 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
36%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 10%
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