Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associates in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Clinical Research Associates making up 73 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$70,066 - $119,044
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MEDIAN: $98,577
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$35.03 - $88.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,066 - $119,044  
   
Bonus
$1,482 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$6,448  
Total Pay (?
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$71,706 - $133,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 564
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$35.03 - $88.27  
   
Overtime
$26.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,482 - $11,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,448  
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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$71,706 - $133,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


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Many Senior Clinical Research Associates move into a Clinical Trial Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Clinical Trial Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Clinical Research Associates. 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 $29K less and $14K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Clinical Research Associates include Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, Quintiles Transnational Corp, and Covance, Inc. Senior Clinical Research Associates seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Parexel, where the average salary comes to $121K. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries at Covance, Inc (+$118K), PRA International (+$118K), and Johnson & Johnson (+$117K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Icon Clinical Research Inc at $96K, and Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc where $98K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Clinical Research Associates there earn up to $120K.

Popular Skills for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Survey results suggest that Senior Clinical Research Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Oncology, Cardiology, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people experienced in Clinical Research also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Clinical Research Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $88K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $99K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $110K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $116K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,660

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Clinical Research Associates that is 15 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 Philadelphia (+5 percent) and Atlanta (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Raleigh. Workers in Boston and Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

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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 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$102,000

▼2%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
▲7%

▲4%

▲4%


National Average
$102,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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