Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (United States)

Pay for Senior CRAs in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $92,109 annually. The range in pay spans from $64,019 to $120,559 per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and geography are driving factors as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to most. Work is enjoyable for Senior CRAs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$62,505 - $108,653
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MEDIAN: $88,713
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Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary (?
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$22.29 - $91.94
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$62,505 - $108,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $7,213  
Total Pay (?
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$64,019 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 892
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$22.29 - $91.94  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $112.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
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$0.00 - $10,220  
   
Profit Sharing
$121.20 - $7,213  
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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$64,019 - $120,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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.

Senior Clinical Research Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior CRAs include Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Icon Clinical Research Inc, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, and Parexel International Corp. Inventiv Health attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $101,379. Also paying near the top of the field are Quintiles, Inc. at $96,715, Quintiles Transnational Corp at $95,508, and Parexel International Corp, where Senior CRAs annually earn $95,000.
Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $81,572—not to mention workers can only make as much as $110K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are PRA International ($89,722), Icon Clinical Research Inc ($94,798), and Parexel International Corp ($95,000).

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

Job skills reported by Senior CRAs are limited. Most notably, skills in Cardiology, Oncology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those educated in Clinical Research tend to be well-versed in 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.
In most cases, Senior CRAs can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. At career start, salaries are typically $80K, which grows to $90K after five to 10 years. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job—experienced workers bring in an estimated $102K. Salaries grow more slowly as Senior CRAs approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $114K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 0 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$92,000
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Senior CRAs will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 7 percent. Senior CRAs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+5 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Cincinnati (+2 percent). In Wilmington, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (-13 percent) and Austin (-8 percent).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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$92,000

Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

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$92,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%