Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salary

An average Senior Clinical Research Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $92K per year. In the world of Senior Clinical Research Associates, total cash compensation can vary between $69K and $127K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $7K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career duration and location. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Clinical Research Associates make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,387 - $113,814
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MEDIAN: $92,319
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$45.40 - $88.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,387 - $113,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $7,167  
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$68,689 - $126,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 955
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Hourly Rate
$45.40 - $88.59  
   
Overtime
$19.08 - $111.32  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$122.34 - $7,167  
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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$68,689 - $126,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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 who transition into an upper level Clinical Trial Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Clinical Trial Manager makes $96K a year. A lot of Senior Clinical Research Associates advance their careers by becoming Clinical Operations Managers and Clinical Project Managers. However, those positions offer $24K less and $9K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA)


Quintiles Transnational Corp, Quintiles, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc, Icon Clinical Research Inc, and PRA International are all popular places to work. Parexel leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $121K. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries at Quintiles, Inc. (+$103K), Inventiv Health (+$103K), and Covance, Inc (+$102K).

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $91K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $76K to $119K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Icon Clinical Research Inc ($96K), Quintiles Transnational Corp ($97K), and PRA International ($99K).

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 Oncology, Cardiology, Project Management, and Clinical Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. People who know Oncology usually also know Cardiology and Project Management. Most people skilled in Clinical Research are similarly competent 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Clinical Research Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $85K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $93K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $106K. Senior Clinical Research Associates with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,159

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

For Senior Clinical Research Associates, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Clinical Research Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Austin (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 4 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Houston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



National Average
$96,000



Skills That Affect Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Salaries



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National Average
$96,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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